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Church of St James

A Grade I Listed Building in Hamsterley, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.673 / 54°40'22"N

Longitude: -1.8041 / 1°48'14"W

OS Eastings: 412729

OS Northings: 530895

OS Grid: NZ127308

Mapcode National: GBR HGVD.6N

Mapcode Global: WHC50.8T40

Plus Code: 9C6WM5FW+58

Entry Name: Church of St James

Listing Date: 14 September 1966

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1322777

English Heritage Legacy ID: 111874

Location: Hamsterley, County Durham, DL13

County: County Durham

Civil Parish: Hamsterley

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Hamsterley

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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11/72 (inset) Church of St. James

Parish church. Mostly C13, incorporating C12 door; slightly later north
transept; C19 alterations (fragments in porch dated 1883) including restoration
of roof; panel over door 'Restored in 60th year. Rev. J.G. Milner 1884'.

Mixed stone rubble, much of it coarse sandstone, with gritstone quoins, ashlar
dressings, and plinth to transepts; Welsh slate roof with stone gable copings.
Cruciform with south porch. Gabled porch has open wide-chamfered pointed arch
on moulded imposts and irregular-block jambs. Early boarded inner door, with
strap hinges, in wide-chamfered round-headed surround under dripmould
continuous with impost blocks; half-pyramid chamfer stops. Sundial dated 1803,
and panel referring to 1884 restoration, in porch gable peak. Small cross-
incised grave cover as quoin in porch and 2 others as side bench; 2 others,
edges to outside, in chancel quoins. Priest's door in east wall of south
transept with incised grave slab as lintel. Protruding from west wall of south
transept a raised incised cross grave cover and a female effigy. Lancets,
partly restored, including 3 stepped east lights, except for large pointed-
arched north transept window of 3 elongated cusped lancets under head-
stopped dripmould, 3-light late C19 window in south nave, and single
rectangular chamfered west light under corbelled embattled bellcote.

Interior: limewashed plaster-with ashlar dressings; arch-braced chancel roof
on corbelled wall posts; nave and transepts have stone-corbelled tie beams
with 4 posts to collar. 2-centred chancel arch on nutmeg-moulded imposts, and
wide 2-centred transept arches, all chamfered, the north arch renewed.
Internal quoins at north-east angle of nave. Chancel has blocked north window
with trefoil head; similar heads to south transept windows. Trefoil-headed
piscina with nail-head moulding, and fluted bowl; similar modern piscina in
transept; aumbries in chancel and south transept. Several medieval incised
grave covers set in wall plaster. Bowl font an roll-moulded pedestal. East
window by L.C. Evetts. Part of box pew surviving in north transept. Gothic-
style pulpit, c. 1880, with panels formed by Minton tiles, signed Moyr Smith,
showing scenes from Bible and from Pilgrims Progress. Funeral hatchment in

Listing NGR: NZ1272930897

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