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St James the Great, Norton-by-Kempsey, Worcestershire

(52°9′32″N, 2°10′52″W)
SO 877 512
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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Feature Sets

The church was extensively restored in 1874-75, by Hopkins and Ewan Christian (Pevsner). The older parts are of sandstone rubble. It comprises a nave with a 12thc. N wall and a modern S aisle of four bays, a rebuilt 14thc. chancel, a later medieval W tower and a timber porch on stone foundations. There are a plain blocked doorway and a plain round-headed window on the N side of the nave. Romanesque sculpture is found in the reset S doorway.


Norton-by-Kempsey seems always to have formed part of the manor of Kempsey, and the church or chapel was dependent on Kempsey church. Around 1182, William de Marisco was holding half a hide of land in Norton, which he had received from Bishop Simon (1125-50).


Exterior Features



The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.III. London 1913, 453-55.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 227.