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Church of St James

A Grade I Listed Building in Jacobstow, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7342 / 50°44'3"N

Longitude: -4.5547 / 4°33'17"W

OS Eastings: 219814

OS Northings: 95841

OS Grid: SX198958

Mapcode National: GBR N9.35VR

Mapcode Global: FRA 17B4.KCZ

Plus Code: 9C2QPCMW+M4

Entry Name: Church of St James

Listing Date: 29 September 1961

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1328255

English Heritage Legacy ID: 67195

Location: Jacobstow, Cornwall, EX23

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Jacobstow

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Jacobstow

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Description

JACOBSTOW JACOBSTOW
SX 19 NE
5/8 Church of St James
29.9.61
I

Parish church. Nave and aisles C15, porch and tower late C15/early C16, chancel
rebuilt and nave roof replaced 1886 by James P St Aubyn. Tower and porch granite
ashlar, aisles slatestone rubble with granite dressings, chancel slatestone rubble
with some freestone, chancel tracery and dressings. Hatherleigh stone, slate roofs,
slate bargeboarding to aisle gable ends. Nave and chancel, perpendicular west tower,
south porch and 4-bay aisles. Fine battlemented unbuttressed, 3-stage show-front
tower with bands of carving on plinth below moulded string: west face, 3 mouchettes
within roundels; north face, quatrefoils within squares; south face, 2 mouchettes
within squares. West entrance of moulded painted arch under square head with
mouchettes in spandrels and hood mould. 3-light granite perpendicular window under
hood mould to first stage, trefoil-headed niche below hood mould terminating in
engaged finial to second stage. Belfry stage with paired granite trefoil-headed
openings below recessed blind quatrefoil. Battlementing and tall, battlemented,
crocketted pinnacles terminating in crosses. Slightly projecting stair turret to
north side with slit openings. Battlemented south porch with shallow-moulded outer
door under square head with floral motifs carved in spandrels. Porch has granite-
topped benches, fine tunnel vault constructed from unjointed granite blocks running
north-south and shallow-moulded inner door below trefoil-headed freestone image niche.
Aisle windows 3-light Perpendicular under hood moulds with small label stops, aisle
windows east 4-light similar. C19 chancel has battered angle buttresses, south door
and geometric tracery under moulded hoods with label stops. 5-sided rood loft stair
turret to north side, north entrance sharply pointed arch with shallow mouldings.
Interior has identical granite arcades : monolithic piers of 8 hollows and 4 shafts
with moulded capitals carrying moulded 4-centred arches. Aisle roofs have ceiled
waggon vaults with ribs and foliage bosses, south aisle somewhat restored, north
aisle retains vine-carved wall-plate. Nave roof dated 1886: herringbone boards
behind arched brace and collar with moulded longitudinal rib, chancel arch marked by
angel corbels. Bosses and dentil wall-plate carving in chancel. 5-light east window
with moulded inner arch carried on engaged shafts with bell capitals. Chancel floor
level probably raised in 1886; good C19 tiling on altar step. C19 nave benches.
Moulded granite tower arch on moulded capitals with truncated shafts below. C12 font
with faces at corners and flowers in roundels on sides. Good circa C15 inner north
door with vertical and horizontal battens. Pulpit made up of circa C16 bench ends.
Elizabethan communion table with bulbous legs. Aumbries in north and south aisles,
holy water stoups by north and south doors, piscina in chancel. Late C19 early C20
paintings of angels to either side of east window. Good slate memorial to Susannah
and Mary Clerk, died 1745 and 1748, attached to exterior east chancel wall. Bell
chamber not inspected.


Listing NGR: SX1981595838

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