St James the Great

 

The church dates from the C13 (chancel), C14 (nave and aisles), with C14-C15 west tower and C19 restorations. Particular features include: octagonal C14 font with its circle of carved heads representing various members of the mediavel community from bishop to housewife; the Jacobean Communion rails with oak balusters and top rails carved with running foliage; double piscina and priests doorway of C13; early C16 roof, possibly taken from Fulbrook Castle; 2 stall ends c1530 with good carving; 2 C18 hatchments to members of the family of the Earls of Coventry.

The stonework  to the tower has eroded and is in a dangerous state. Rainwater is entering the voids, running down the inside of the tower walls and shorting out the electrical supply. On inspection the external stonework was found to be in need of replacing and repointing. The project involves the removal and replacing of stones where necessary, rebedding the stones and repointing with lime mortar. This work will make the church watertight.

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