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Listed Building record MDR5750 - St James Church, Cross Hill, Codnor

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St James Church, Cross Hill, Codnor, built in 1844 with later additions. 'Codnor and Loscoe were formed in to an ecclesiastical parish in 1844, at which time a church was erected at Cross Hill, about midway between the two villages. It is a substantial edifice of stone, consisting of chancel with vestry on the north side, nave, and a west tower with embattled parapet and pinnacles. The style is Gothic, without any architectural display. The chancel and vestry were added in 1890. The west end is crossed by a gallery, which increases accommodation to 517. The tower contains one bell, brought from Eastwood old church when it was pulled down. It is inscribed: 'God Save the Queen, 1713'.' (1) 'St James' Church was built in 1843. The Domesday Book records a church in Codnor, Heanor, Langley and Smithycote, and it is possible that this was in Heanor.' (2) 'St James' Church is a 19th century church built in the Early English style. It is a commissioner's church by R Barber and dates from 1843-4. The chancel, by J Holden, was added in 1888-90. The font was found in the precincts of Codnor castle and has been used at one point as a pig trough.' (3) From the National Heritage List for England: 'SK 44 NW CODNOR CROSSHILL (west side) 6/24 Church of St James II Church. 1844 by Robert Barker, chancel 1888-90 by J Holden, also with C20 additions. Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings and slate roofs with crested ridge tiles, stone coped gables and eastern ridge crosses. Western tower, 5 bay nave, 2 bay chancel with north vestry and parish room. Three stage tower has stepped angle buttresses rising over the parapets with pinnacled tops. Pointed chamfered doorcase with double doors to south, large chamfered western lancet, and attached C20 boiler house to north of no special interest. Second stage has small lancet over the door and bell stage has corbel table to base and paired chamfered lancets to each side. Eaves stringcourse and embattled parapets. Nave has stepped butresses to angles and between bays. Chancel has deep plinth and buttresses between bays and to angles. Single lancet to south side. East side has three blind flat headed openings set into the plinth, stepped triple lancet window above with moulded sill band and continuous hoodmould, also a trefoil shaped window in the gable. North vestry has large flat headed 3-light mullion window to north wall with trefoil shaped window above, and angled wall to west with pointed doorcase which has hoodmould with foliage stops and plate tracery tympanum. C20 parish room added to north of no special interest. Interior has western gallery with blind arcaded gallery on iron columns, moulded chancel arch with soffit on foliage corbels below inscribed hoodmould with foliage stops. Caernavon arched doorcase into north vestry, with pointed plasterwork panel over. Four-centred door into the tower and similar to gallery staircase. Scissor truss roofs to chancel, arched braced trusses to nave. Fittings all late C19 or C20. Three late C19 marble wall memorials. Listing NGR: SK4186148743.' (4)

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  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Bulmer, T and Co.. 1895. History, Topography and Directory of Derbyshire. 511.
  • <2> Index: TPAT. 2549. 2549.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: I A H Combes. 2004. Anglican Churches of Derbyshire. 59.
  • <4> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England.



Grid reference SK 41861 48743 (point)

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Jan 4 2023 2:46PM

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