St. James is one of those Dorset churches which is awkward to find, but well worth the effort. This one is buried away at the end of a very long drive and adjacent to a private house.
At just 38 x 15 feet it is very small and Sir Nikolaus Pevsner thought it dated partly early 16c and partly early 18c. However, by far the most striking feature is the huge circular window that dominates the east wall. This is a veritable regiment of angels shown from a variety of angles and records a death in 1893, so the glass is Victorian although the wood surrounding the lower half is clearly 18c.
Another smaller circular window adorns the rear of the building below the bellcote. Interestingly and unusually, the font has been placed in front the communion rails and is clearly 18c. There is no formal pulpit, but there is a small three decker clergy pew. The organ is generous for such a small building.In all a tranquil and delightful place.
The Trust gratefully acknowledges images and text by Robin Adeney ©
|St James||East Chelborough (or Lewcombe)||DT2 0QB||0|
|St. Osmund||Melbury Osmond||DT2 0LZ||1|
|St Mary||Melbury Sampford||DT2 0LF||1|
|St Juthware and St Mary||Halstock||BA22 9SG||2|
|St Edwold (CCT)||Stockwood,||DT2 0NG||2|
|St Andrew||West Chelborough||DT2 0PY||2|
|St Osmund||Evershot||DT2 0JW||2|
|St Mary the Virgin||Melbury Bubb||DT2 0NQ||2|
|St Hippolytus||Ryme Intrinseca,||DT9 6JX||2|
|St Peter||Chetnole||DT9 6NZ||3|
|St Andrew||Yetminster||DT9 6LG||3|
|St Mary||Corscombe,||DT2 0NU||3|
|St Michael & All Angels||Rampisham,||DT2 0PT||3|
|St George||Higher Langham||SP8 5DP||4|
|St Michael||Beer Hackett||DT9 6QT||4|
|St Andrew||Leigh||DT9 6HL||4|
|St Mary||Batcombe,||DT2 7BG||4|
|St Mary||Frome St Quintin||DT2 0HF||4|
|St Mary||Wraxall,||DT2 0HL||4|
|St Mary Magdalene||Thornford,||DT9 6QF||4|