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St James, Stretham, Cambridgeshire

(52°20′51″N, 0°13′6″E)
TL 512 745
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cambridgeshire
now Cambridgeshire
medieval not confirmed
now Ely
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

Aisled nave with clerestory, N and S transepts, chancel with vestry to N and organ loft to S and W tower with octagonal stone spire. Externally the rubble tower and its ashlar spire, with two tiers of dormers, are clearly 14thc. Everything else looks 19thc. In fact the N arcade and the chancel are 14thc. too, but heavily restored. Construction is of coursed ashlar, much of it irregular. The only 12thc. features are sections of string course neatly reset inside the S porch.



Interior Features

Interior Decoration


A sawtooth string course survives at Haslingfield, and fragments of one at Great Shelford. Here at Stretham we have string courses carved with three different motifs, suggesting that the 12thc. church was a building of some pretension.

G. R. Bossier, Notes on the Cambridgeshire Churches. 1827, 73.
The Victoria History of the County of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely, IV, 1953, 155-57.
C. H. Evelyn-White, County Churches: Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. London 1911, 166-67.
The Ecclesiastical and Architectural Topography of England: Cambridgeshire (Architectural Institute of Great Britain and Ireland), Oxford 1852, 106.
F. S. L. Johnson, A Catalogue of Romanesque Sculpture in Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. M.Phil (London, Courtauld Institute), 1984.
D. and S. Lysons, Magna Britannia. Cambridgeshire II, pt I, London 1808, 266.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Cambridgeshire, Harmondsworth 1954 (2nd ed. 1970), 462.