St James the Great, Idlicote, Warwickshire

Feature Sets (3)


Small church of nave, chancel, S chapel and S aisle dating from early or mid 12thc. (VCH). S chapel is 17thc. and S aisle and chancel 13thc. Earlier parts built in grey lias limestone, later additions in liassic ironstone, both varieties fairly local. The nave N wall contains a 12thc. doorway with a plain round head and nook-shafts with scalloped capitals.


The advowson has consistently followed the descent of the manor. In 1291 the church was valued at only £4.135.4d., with an additional 10s paid to the Priory of Kenilworth.


Exterior Features


Nave, N wall

Protected by later porch. Plain, round-headed of one order with billet mould on chamfered label to outer edge. Internally, all details obscured by plaster.

Jambs: engaged plain nook-shafts with no visible base. Small capitals with two scallops per face, integral roll-necking, quite worn.

Imposts: hollow-chamfered on underside with two horizontal grooves to upright. In the arch, plain voussoirs surmounted by label with single row of roll-billets on chamfer.

diam. of billets 0.040 m
diam. of l. nook-shaft 0.100 m
diam. of r. nook-shaft 0.090 m
h. of capital (incl. necking) 0.110 m
h. of impost 0.100 m
h. of opening 2.26 m
w. of label 0.100 m
w. of opening 1.08 m
w. of plain arch 0.240 m



Situated at W end of nave. Not mentioned by Pevsner and 'difficult to date' in VCH. Cylindrical, plain but roughly tooled finish, probably of limestone, resting on what appears to be integral square chamfered plinth, the chamfer blending into the shape of the font.

diam. of bowl 0.300 m
ext. diam. of bowl 0.775 m
h. of bowl 0.640 m
h. of plinth 0.270 m
int. diam. of bowl 0.555 m



  • The Victoria County History of Warwickshire. 5:96-97
  • N. Pevsner and A. Wedgewood, The Buildings of England: Warwickshire. 1966, 316


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SP 282 442 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Warwickshire
now: Warwickshire
medieval: not confirmed
now: Coventry
now: St James the Great
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Harry Bodenham