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Church of St James

A Grade II* Listed Building in Longdon, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.7251 / 52°43'30"N

Longitude: -1.8798 / 1°52'47"W

OS Eastings: 408217

OS Northings: 314163

OS Grid: SK082141

Mapcode National: GBR 3BV.5K8

Mapcode Global: WHCGG.3R4S

Entry Name: Church of St James

Listing Date: 27 February 1964

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1248990

English Heritage Legacy ID: 430690

Location: Longdon, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS15

County: Staffordshire

District: Lichfield

Civil Parish: Longdon

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Longdon St James

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Listing Text

SK 01 SE
Church of St. James

- II*

Parish church. C13 nave and chancel incorporating some C12 remains.
C16 west tower and south chapel, and north transept of 1870 by A. Hart-
shorne. Coursed and dressed sandstone blocks; slate and plain tile
roofs with stone copings. West tower, 5-bay nave, 3-bay,chancel 2-
bay north transept and 2-bay south chapel. West tower. Early C16.
4 stages with diagonal buttresses, and crenellated parapet with crocketed
corner finials. Pointed west door with double ogee-moulded frame.
Window immediately above with 4-centred arch, 3 trefoil-headed lights
and panel tracery. Third stage blind to the west, single trefoil-
headed loops to north and south. Belfry opening of 2 transomed lights
and a single reticulation beneath a 4-centred arch. Nave. Early
C13. 2 lancet windows on the south side. Below the westernmost of
these is an extension accommodating a blocked recess, probably for an
effigy. C19 gabled south porch with segmental pointed entrance. Inside
is a C12 doorway of 2 orders of colonettes with carved cushion capitals,
including a green man motif; zig zag moulded inner order and unusual
outer order. Chancel. Late C13. Bay divisions marked by buttresses,
diagonal buttresses at the eastern angles. Pointed east window of
4 lights with reticulated tracery. Lancet windows to the sides, the
central ones have Y-tracery. Pilaster buttresses adjacent to the nave.
South chapel. Early C16. Built by John Stoneywall ( ), Abbot
of Pershore. Crenellated parapet. The windows have 4-centred arches,
panelled spandrels and deeply hollowed frames. East window has 5 trefoil
headed lights; the south windows 4 lights with squash tracery; the west
window is blocked. North transept. Ashlar with diagonal tooling.
Cusped lancets with hood moulds terminating in carved heads. A group
of 3 lancets in the east wall with linked hood mould, and a circular
light above. Interior. C12 chancel arch of 3 orders; the outer and
inner orders are carved with zig-zag, the central order is roll-moulded.
Each order springs from shafts with scalloped capitals and square abaci.
Tall pointed tower arch with 3 orders of concave quadrant mouldings;
C16. C20 pitched timber roof. 2-bay arcade separates nave from south
chapel. 4-centred arches and octagonal columns with moulded capitals.
The south transept roof has a very low pitch and all members are moulded.
Immediately to the left of the chancel arch on entering the chancel
is the remains of a staircase which formerly led to the rood loft.
Fittings. Composite font. C12 basin with diagonal reeding and upper
band of fan-like motifs. C13 stem carved with stiff leaf, from Lichfield
Cathredral. Monuments. Chancel: Edmund Green, died 1691, oval tablet;
Ann Eld, died 1772, pedimented aedicule. South chapel: two C17 incised
slabs; Thomas Orme memorial by E. Stanton, 1717, fluted Corinthian pil-
aster and semi-circular pediment brocken by a bust and flanked by cherubs.
Elizabeth Ester, died 1869, by Peter Hollins, arcophagus and two child
angels. Stained glass. C14 glass in the north-east and south-east
windows of the chancel. In the south chapel the east window is of
1906 by H. Bryant, and the south-east window of 1914.

Listing NGR: SK0821714163

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