St James's Church, Staple Church

Image Source: John Salmon


The greater part of this pretty church is fourteenth century, although some of the walling of the tower is probably Saxon. The font is fifteenth century and has good relief carving of the Four Evangelists supported by a variety of wild men of the woods! The chancel displays a low side window of rare lancet design (there is a mass dial outside). The church tower has a one-handed clock with a dial showing a IV instead of the more usual IIII. The church was restored by George Edmund Street in 1868 and it was he who created the pervading atmosphere noticeable today.



Church Data


1851 Census Details


Seating Capacity: 216

Morning Attendance: 102

Afternoon Attendance: No service

Evening Attendance: No service


Architecture Details


Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: G E Street 1868

Second Restoration: -


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