St James' Church, Burton-in-Kendal

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St James' Church, Burton-in-Kendal
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St James' Church, Burton-in-Kendal, from the northwest
St James' Church, Burton-in-Kendal is located in Cumbria
St James' Church, Burton-in-Kendal
St James' Church, Burton-in-Kendal
Location in Cumbria
Coordinates: 54°11′09″N 2°43′16″W / 54.1859°N 2.7210°W / 54.1859; -2.7210
OS grid reference SD 531 769
Location Burton-in-Kendal, Cumbria
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Conservative Evangelical
Website St James, Burton
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 12 February 1962
Style Norman, Gothic
Materials Limestone, slate roofs
Parish Burton-in-Kendal
Deanery Kendal
Archdeaconry Westmorland and Furness
Diocese Carlisle
Province York
Bishop(s) The Rt Revd Rod Thomas (AEO)
Vicar(s) Revd Graham Burrows

St James' Church is in the village of Burton-in-Kendal, Cumbria, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Kendal, the archdeaconry of Westmorland and Furness, and the diocese of Carlisle. Its benefice is united with that of Holy Trinity, Holme.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.[2]


The lower part of the tower and the northwest corner of the nave date from the 12th century, and are Norman in style.[2][3] The north chapel dates from the later part of the 13th century. In the following century the south aisle was built, and the north aisle and south chapel date from the late 15th or the 16th century. In 1844 the chancel and the north chapel were rebuilt, and the clerestory was added.[2] In 1871 the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin carried out further alterations, including the removal of the gallery, adding a north vestry and organ chamber, replacing the seating, remodelling the pulpit, and adding a new font.[4]

Present day[edit]

St James' Church is within the Conservative Evangelical tradition of the Church of England, and it has passed resolutions to show that it rejects the ordination of women.[5] It receives alternative episcopal oversight from the Bishop of Maidstone (currently Rod Thomas).[6]


St James is constructed in limestone rubble with dressings in sandstone and limestone; it is roofed in slate. The plan consists of a nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, a south porch, a chancel with north and south chapels, and a west tower. The tower is in three stages with a two-light west window, two-light bell openings, and an embattled parapet.[2] Most of the windows are Perpendicular in style. Inside the church, the pulpit is Jacobean. There is stained glass by Clayton and Bell, H. W. Bryans, Shrigley and Hunt, and by Lavers, Barraud and Westlake. Also in the church are carved stone fragments dating from the late 10th or 11th century.[3]

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  1. ^ St James, Burton, Church of England, retrieved 17 June 2012
  2. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St James, Burton-in-Kendal (1335703)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 17 June 2012
  3. ^ a b Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2010) [1967], Cumbria, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 208–209, ISBN 978-0-300-12663-1
  4. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 225, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8
  5. ^ "Christmas 2016 Newsletter" (pdf). December 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Visit to Carlisle Diocese". Bishop of Maidstone. 16 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.