Friday, October 16, 2009

St James, Leckhampstead, Berkshire

I found the church open. The nave is four bays long with an arcade of three bays and in its eastern bay a higher transeptal like arch under which is placed the organ. This east bay sweps up inside the nave to form this crossing-like space whereas the aisle ignores it. The end walls of the aisle and the dormer-like extensions have triangular windows or rather the traceried heads of windows without the lights below. The west end of the nave is curtained off, unfortunate in appearance but presumably a necessity as there is no vestry. Within all of this Victorian rogueishness, it is a surprise to record that the pulpit is Jacobean, the communion rails in part C18 and the font an interesting cup shaped Norman design with bands of leaves at the top and bottom; the base with further decoration looks to be C19 restoration.

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