Friday, October 16, 2009

St James, Leckhampstead, Berkshire

I took a slight detour on my way home on Tuesday to see this church by S.S.Teulon. It is not very large, but is an astonishing building, all of red yellow and black brick with much patterning inside and out. It has the tiniest of west bellcotes and a small timber bell turret as well, but the latter is placed above the "crossing", a meeting of odd gabled transept like dormers in the east bay of the nave which give the efect of a central tower in grouping. The roof extends down to cover the south aisle and there is the shortest of chancels, slightly narrower and lower. Timber south west porch which can't offer much protection on a stormy day.

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