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St James, Bishampton, Worcestershire

(52°9′52″N, 2°0′57″W)
SO 990 518
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Worcestershire
now Worcestershire
medieval Worcester
now Worcester
  • G. L. Pearson

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Chancel with vestry, nave and S porch rebuilt 1870 and W towerc.1400. 12thc. N and S doorways re-set during rebuilding. Only the S doorway is carved. There is also a carved font.


In early times Bishampton was part of the manor of Fladbury and came into the possession of the monastery of Worcester when Fladbury was given to it. In 1086 the church was a chapel of Fladbury and the overlord was the Bishop of Worcester. His under-tenant was Roger de Lacy. He was banished for his share in the rebellion against William Rufus, and his forfeited estates were bestowed on his brother Hugh de Lacy, who was the owner in 1108-18. He died without male issue and his estates passed to his two sisters. There was a priest and possibly a church at Bishampton in 1086. The advowson evidently belonged to Pipards manor, for Robert de Somery presented in 1286.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration





cf. less complicated fonts with similar decoration at Bricklehampton and South Littleton, Worcestershire.

The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.III, London 1913, 261-265, 264.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire, Harmondsworth 1968, 93.