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Church of St James the Less

A Grade I Listed Building in St James, Essex

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Latitude: 51.5531 / 51°33'11"N

Longitude: 0.6095 / 0°36'34"E

OS Eastings: 581012

OS Northings: 187025

OS Grid: TQ810870

Mapcode National: GBR QP5.JXH

Mapcode Global: VHJL3.J738

Plus Code: 9F32HJ35+6R

Entry Name: Church of St James the Less

Listing Date: 7 August 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1337692

English Heritage Legacy ID: 116825

Location: St. James, Castle Point, Essex, SS7

County: Essex

District: Castle Point

Electoral Ward/Division: St James

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Rayleigh

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Hadleigh St James the Less

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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TO 88 NW
2/7 Church of St. James
7-8-52 the Less

- I

Parish church. Mid C12, C18, C19 and C20 alterations. Mixed rubble with
Limestone dressings. Red plain tiled roof. C16 weatherboarded belfry, shingled
with fish scale striations spire, surmounted by a weathervane. Mid C12 Nave,
Chancel and Apse, C18 south porch, north west vestry by Sir C. Nicholson c.1927
with later extension. Chancel. 4 round headed windows between pilaster
buttresses. South west 2 centre arched window of 2 lights with tracery and label
over, all restored, splays may be original. Nave. North wall, C13 chamfered
east lancet and a C15 square headed window of 2 cinquefoil lights, label with
headstops over. C20 crenellated north vestry has 2 square headed 2 light
windows to north wall and a similar window to east and west walls. West wall,
C12 partly restored round headed doorway of 2 plain orders, above it a restored
C12 window. South wall, 3 restored round headed windows and a window of 2 ogee
lights with tracery over under a square head, label over. South doorway, C15
moulded jambs, 2 centred arch, moulded label and head stops, C12 round headed
rear arch. South porch, C18 timber framed and weatherboarded, moulded 4 centre
arched doorway with keystone, double plank and muntin doors with lights and
light over. C15 stoup to east of doorway. Interior. Chancel. Stone altar
floor from the Island of Oland in the Baltic, C19 coloured tiles to remainder of
floor. C19 altar rails. Niche, with cinquefoiled and sub cusped head,
unfinished, to east wall. C12 cushion stone bracket to south east wall. C19
stained glass windows. C12 semi-circular Chancel arch of 2 plain orders,
responds with moulded imposts, flanking walls each with blocked round headed
arches and C15 foiled circular squints. Roof. Carved and moulded tie beam
supporting centre post, arched braces to collars, brackets to ashlar posts,
moulded wall plates. Nave. Roof of 7 cants, moulded wall plate. 4 northern
round headed windows, the 2 western windows not visible from outside. Circa
1200 painting of St. Thomas A Beckett to easternmost window arch, and possibly
C13 remains of a figure to arch of third window from east. Other paintings were
found during C19 restorations but are not now visible. C19 stained glass to
windows. Round heads to north and south doorways. C20 pulpit. Small C15 niche
in east wall with cusped head. On north wall, arms of Queen Anne after the
Union. South wall niche with most of canopy and pedestal cut away, but still
showing traces of colouring and carving. Piscina below. Octagonal font, plain
bowl, stiff leaf carvings to soffit, stem of central and 4 side columns with
moulded capitals and bases, chamfered base, C20 ribbed cover. Organ and west
gallery c.1968. West bell turret with angle posts, arched braces to first stage
side girts and solid braces to upper stage. Bill, 1636 by John Wilnar of Borden,
Kent. Cast iron heating grids in floor. RCHM 1.

Listing NGR: TQ8101287025

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