St James's Church, Draycot Cerne

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St James's Church
Church of St James - Draycot Cerne (geograph 2824189).jpg
Location Draycot Cerne, Sutton Benger, Wiltshire, England
Coordinates 51°30′22″N 2°05′42″W / 51.5062°N 2.0949°W / 51.5062; -2.0949Coordinates: 51°30′22″N 2°05′42″W / 51.5062°N 2.0949°W / 51.5062; -2.0949
Built c. 1300
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name: Church of St James
Designated 20 December 1960[1]
Reference no. 1200500
St James's Church, Draycot Cerne is located in Wiltshire
St James's Church, Draycot Cerne
Location of St James's Church in Wiltshire

St James's Church in Draycot Cerne, Sutton Benger, Wiltshire, England was built around 1300. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building,[1] and is now a redundant church in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2] It was declared redundant on 1 June 1994, and was vested in the Trust on 17 May 1995.[3]

The name of the church has been changed over the centuries. It was All Saints' in the later 12th century and St. Peter's in the 18th century. It has been called St James for the 19th and 20th centuries.[4] The church has an Early English chancel which is lower than the floor of the 13th-century nave. The two-stage west tower dates from the 16th or 17th century. It is supported by diagonal buttresses.[1] The church was altered and restored in the 19th century.[2]

There were wall paintings in the chancel in the 15th and 16th centuries.[4] The interior includes a Gothic pulpit and box pews.[5] There are also Victorian stained glass windows and monuments including a Perpendicular tomb chest, a 13th-century knight’s effigy, said to be Phillip de Cerne,[1] and a bust by Joseph Wilton to Sir Robert Long.[2] The gothic painted tomb of Sir Thomas Long is within the church,[6] along with tombs and memorials to members of the Long family.[7] Some of the oldest tombs are to the de Cerne family from the 12th and 13th centuries.[8] Sir Edward de Cerne is commemorated with a monumental brass on his tombstone.[9] Henry of Cerne was the rector of the church in 1304.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St James, Sutton Benger (1200500)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 4 December 2013 
  2. ^ a b c St James' Church, Draycot Cerne, Wiltshire, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 1 April 2011 
  3. ^ Diocese of Bristol: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2011, p. 4, retrieved 1 April 2011 
  4. ^ a b c Baggs, A.P.; Freeman, Jane; Stevenson, Janet H. "Parishes: Draycot Cerne In: A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 14, Malmesbury Hundred". British History Online. Victoria County History. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "St James' Church, Draycot Cerne". Visit Wiltshire. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sir Thomas Long Tomb at St. James, Draycot Cerne, Wiltshire". Duncan & Mandy Ball. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "St. James, Draycot Cerne, Wiltshire, England". Duncan & Mandy Ball. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Draycott Cerne, St James". The Medieval Combat Society. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  9. ^ Mumford, James. "Archaeological Watching Brief Report: St James Church Draycott Wiltshire" (PDF). Oxford Archaeological Srvices. Retrieved 4 September 2016.