St James, Norton
|St James, Norton|
|Location||Norton, Sheffield, England|
|Affiliation||Church of 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. One doorway survives from this earliest period, surrounded by heavily restored zigzag moulding.
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, and is grade II listed.
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.
- John Charles Cox, Notes on the churches of Derbyshire: Volume 1, p.291
- Historic England. "Church of St James the Great, Norton Church Road (1271180)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
- Historic England. "Standing cross at the Church of St James, Norton (1012878)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
- Historic England. "Preaching Cross 15 metres south of Church of St James, Norton Church Road (1246795)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
- Historic England. "Tomb of Sir Francis Chantrey 5 metres south west of Church of St James (1246796)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
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