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Church of St James

A Grade I Listed Building in Ormside, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.5532 / 54°33'11"N

Longitude: -2.4632 / 2°27'47"W

OS Eastings: 370139

OS Northings: 517647

OS Grid: NY701176

Mapcode National: GBR CH7S.JL

Mapcode Global: WH930.4TBB

Plus Code: 9C6VHG3P+7P

Entry Name: Church of St James

Listing Date: 12 April 1984

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1288923

English Heritage Legacy ID: 73270

ID on this website: 101288923

Location: St James's Church, Great Ormside, Westmorland and Furness, Cumbria, CA16

County: Cumbria

District: Eden

Civil Parish: Ormside

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Ormside St James

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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9/32 Church of St James

G.V. I

Parish Church, dating from late Cll with later alterations and additions.
Coursed, squared rubble used in earlier parts and snecked rubble for later
work. Nave and lower chancel roofs are graduated slate on south side and stone
flagged on north, with stone copings and C19 apex crosses; gabled tower roof and
vestry outshut on north side are graduated slate. West tower, nave, and
chancel; Hilton chapel added to north of nave in 1723, replacing original north
aisle. 3-stage, stepped west tower has single narrow opening to each floor on
south and west sides, and massive angle buttressing; 3 mask corbels from
original top string course survive in each gable. Gabled C19 south porch
rebuilt from earlier materials to west of original position. Shouldered outer
door; inner door surround has semicircular head and continuous triple-cavetto
moulding. Late C11 door to east partially blocked with 2-light Cl9 window
inserted. C18 nave window surround with semicircular head has C19 traceried
window inserted (2 similarly treated windows in north wall of Hilton chapel);
small C14 mullioned window to right has 2 lights with trefoiled ogee heads under
hoodmould. Chancel has 3 windows on south side (none on north) of which central
one is reset C14/C15, with 2 ogee-headed lights, above early C16 door with
moulded ogee head under hoodmould; mullioned windows to either side are early
C16 with 2 semicircular-headed lights each. Similar 3-light east window has
blocked head of 2-light C14 window set in wall above. Internally, the original
narrow west doorway with semicircular head now leads into tower which has had a
basement excavated, probably to house the heating system. A C12 arcade of 2
semicircular arches separates the Hilton chapel from the nave; the west respond
is C18/C19 but the freestanding pier and east respond have retained their
scalloped capitals and moulded bases. North wall of chapel has inset panel with
coat-of-arms and 1723 date; patterned woodblock floor has 1884 date on central
block. Hagioscope between vestry and chancel has C14 trefoiled head; early C16
combined aumbry/piscina of 2 recesses with semicircular heads in south wall at
east end. Chancel has 3-bay early C16 king-post roof with moulded tie-beams,
curved braces, and raking struts; C19 nave roof has crown-posts and moulded
tie-beams. Font probably C12 on C19 base; square in plan with shallow circular
basin and tapered rounding of corners.

Listing NGR: NY7014117644

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