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Parish Church of St Edmund or St James

A Grade I Listed Building in Blunham, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 52.1462 / 52°8'46"N

Longitude: -0.3163 / 0°18'58"W

OS Eastings: 515308

OS Northings: 251104

OS Grid: TL153511

Mapcode National: GBR H3H.JVG

Mapcode Global: VHGMS.GBN2

Plus Code: 9C4X4MWM+FF

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Edmund or St James

Listing Date: 31 October 1966

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1321759

English Heritage Legacy ID: 37942

Location: Blunham, Central Bedfordshire, MK44

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Blunham

Built-Up Area: Blunham

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Blunham

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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7/16 Parish Church of St
31.10.66 Edmund or St James


Parish Church. C12 to C16, with C19 work. Coursed rubble with ashlar
dressings, mainly ironstone with some limestone. Chancel, N and S chapels,
nave, N and S aisles, N and S porches, W tower. Chancel: rebuilt C13, has C19
3-light E window. C15 clerestory, with 3 3-light windows each side. N wall
has pointed arch to W, blocked C14 window to E. S wall has 2 early C14 2-
light windows, beneath E one a late C13 triple sedilia, under W one a C19
doorway. Doorway and late C15 stone screen onto S chapel. Line of earlier
chancel roof visible above chancel arch. N chapel: C15, with 4-light N window
and plain niche to E wall. NE angle rebuilt. S chapel: C15, with 5-light E
window. Nave: C15, with 3-bay arcades to N and S. Clerestory, probably later
C15, has 3 2-light windows each side. N aisle: C15 4-light W window under
pointed arch. N doorway with 4-centred head, and 2 4-light windows to E of
that, all late C15. N porch: C19, gabled with tiled roof. S aisle: S doorway
has pointed arch within square head. Blocked doorway, originally serving
parvis staircase. To E of this is 4-light window with pointed head, to W of
door and to W elevations are 4-light windows with pointed heads. S porch:
later C15, reaching to churchyard boundary, with archways to W and E. Plain
parapet to chancel, embattled parapets to nave, aisles and chapels. W tower:
3 stages. Early C12, largely rebuilt C16. Blocked C12 round-headed window to
N, and C12 round-headed arch onto nave with alternate voussoirs of limestone
and ironstone. Rest is 1583 (2 datestones to W elevation). Clasping
buttresses to NW and SW angles. Embattled parapet with pinnacles. 3-light
windows to each side of bell-stage, and to W elevation 1st and 2nd stages.
Interior: C15 plain octagonal font. circa 1340 recessed tomb in chancel, with
cinquefoiled ogee arched canopy and large foliate finial. Brass in nave floor
to Richard Maulaye, mercer, d.1506, and wife Alice. Tomb in chancel to
Susanna Countess of Kent, d.1620, with alabaster effigy of herself and smaller
ones of her 2 sons, under semicircular canopy. Various late C17 and C18 tombs
to Bromsall family. Chancel has wall monument to Godfrey Thornton, d.1805, by
J Bacon jnr, with tablet surmounted by obelisk and urn. Also in chancel is
wall monument to Frances Thornton, d.1862, by Samuel Manning jnr, with
kneeling woman by urn on pedestal. Chancel retains late C15 roof with carved
bosses, including chained bear, griffin, and kneeling priest. C17 pulpit,
with 2 tiers of arched panels. Tower arch retains C17 oak screen. John
Donne, preacher and metaphysical poet, was Rector of Blunham 1621-31, at the
same time as Dean of St Paul's.

Listing NGR: TL1530851104

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