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Church of St James

A Grade II Listed Building in Colesbourne, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.8193 / 51°49'9"N

Longitude: -1.9955 / 1°59'43"W

OS Eastings: 400405

OS Northings: 213412

OS Grid: SP004134

Mapcode National: GBR 2N7.SD8

Mapcode Global: VHB24.CJDN

Plus Code: 9C3WR293+PQ

Entry Name: Church of St James

Listing Date: 26 November 1958

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1341787

English Heritage Legacy ID: 127131

Location: Colesbourne, Cotswold, Gloucestershire, GL53

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Colesbourne

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Colesbourne St James

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Parish church. C12 with C15 tower and chancel; largely rebuilt
1851-53 by David Brandon for H. J. Elwes of Colesbourne Park.
Random rubble limestone with ashlar tower; stone slate roof.
Nave with north and south transept; west tower; south porch; and
chancel. C14 porch with moulded arch, buttresses and parapet
gable; C13 south doorway with hood moulding and decorated labels.
One square-headed C15 2-light nave window to left of porch with
simple rectilinear tracery head and hood moulding; on north side
another similar 2-light, and remains of blocked C12 window;
otherwise masonry much rebuilt. C14 south transept with 3-light
south window, and 2-light to east with reticulated tracery. North
transept is C19 rebuild to match the south. C15 chancel, rebuilt
C19; early C20 east window with geometrical tracery; below, set
into the wall, a glazed tile from the reign of Edward II depicting
the crucifixion; 2 small square-headed 2-light windows in south
wall. Two-stage tower with 2-light west window, diagonal
buttresses to lower stage only, and square stair turret projecting
on south side; 2-light belfry windows, screens pierced with
quartrefoils. Crenellated parapet with moulded string course
below; diagonal animal gargoyles at each corner; small crocketed
corner pinnacles. Interior restored in C19. 4-bay nave roof
with collar and arched braced trusses supported on follated stone
corbels; decorative struts forming 3-light opening above collar;
plain painted walls; pointed chancel arch on restored C12 square
piers with scalloped capitals; C15 tower arch; simple moulded
pointed arches to transepts. South transept has wagon roof with
brattished wall plates; trefoil-headed piscina in south wall.
North transept has C19 wagon roof to match that in south; squint
passage into chancel; elaborate C19 memorial to Susan Elwes on
west wall. C19 wagon roof in chancel; many memorial plaques to
the Elwes family on north wall. Octagonal stone C15 wine-glass
pulpit to south of chancel arch on tall narrow octagonal stem; 2
panels each trefoil-headed to each face, one of which is pierced;
entered up stone steps from chancel. Octagonal stone C15 font in
nave, on octagonal bracketed pedestal with shield decoration; one
quartrefoil panel to each face; wooden cover. The stained glass
to most windows dates from 1854 and is by Thomas Willement; the
north transept window is by Wailes, the east window dating from
1915. Stands in the grounds of Colesbourne Park. (D.Verey,
Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, 1979)

Listing NGR: SP0040513412

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