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St James the Less's Church, Iron Acton
St James the Less's Church,
High Street,
Iron Acton, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in the 14th century, and we understand it is still open.

St James the Less's Church is a Grade I Listed Building - see British Listed Buildings website for details. Briefly, it comprises a nave of four bays, western tower, chancel, a south chapel and aisle, and an embattled north porch. The south aisle and its chapel appear to be later additions, though the Listed Building site mentions it has a blocked up priest's door, suggesting otherwise.

Its Victorian restoration in 1879 was by Sir T.G. (Thomas Graham) Jackson, a pupil of George Gilbert Scott, who is better known for his work on Oxford Colleges, and in particular, Oxford's "Bridge of Sighs". The large buttresses to the tower have statue niches on the north side. The one on the north-east corner is empty, but the one on the north-west corner has a statue of St James. A drive past using Google StreetView shows the north wall of the tower appears to have had a four-light window, which is now blocked up, but this is not mentioned in the Listed Building description. The clerestory windows of the nave could be equally at home in a medieval cottage.

Then of course there is the "very handsome but mutilated stone cross with steps" in the churchyard, mentioned by Kelly's Directory of 1923, and which is labelled on OS 1881 1:2,500 as a preaching cross; so all in all it appears to be an intriguing church, with many interesting features, both inside and out.

The same Old Map also shows that Iron Acton had a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. Kelly does not mention this, nor any other non-conformist chapels in Iron Acton, but it does say that Nine Elms, formerly a detached portion of the parish, was transferred to the parish of Alveston under the provisions of the "Divided Parishes Act, 1882".

Denomination

Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference ST6806383449. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 23 Feb 2012 at 11:44.

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