St James, Norton

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St James, Norton
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Basic information
Location Norton, Sheffield, England
Geographic coordinates 53°20′08″N 1°27′41″W / 53.3355°N 1.4615°W / 53.3355; -1.4615Coordinates: 53°20′08″N 1°27′41″W / 53.3355°N 1.4615°W / 53.3355; -1.4615
Affiliation Church of England
Year consecrated 11th-century
Architectural type Church
Materials Stone

St James' Church lies in the Norton district of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

Although the village of Norton was recorded in the Domesday Book, no church was noted. John Charles Cox believed that the first church in the village was probably founded by Robert FitzRanulph, who also founded nearby Beauchief Abbey.[1] One doorway survives from this earliest period, surrounded by heavily restored zigzag moulding.[2]


Remains of Mediaeval cross

A mediaeval preaching cross lies in the churchyard. Its gritstone base, with four steps, and plinth are thought by English Heritage to be original, while its socket stone and shaft are believed to be 18th- or 19th-century replacements. It is not known whether the replacement shaft original carried a new cross, or whether it instead supported a sundial. The cross is a scheduled ancient monument,[3] and is grade II listed.[4]

Chantrey tomb

The Chantrey family tomb also lies in the graveyard. It was designed by the sculptor Francis Chantrey, and was completed in 1841. He is among the family members buried there. The tomb is also grade II listed.[5]


External links[edit]

Media related to Saint James the Greater Church (Norton, Sheffield) at Wikimedia Commons