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St James, Stanford Bishop, Herefordshire

(52°9′42″N, 2°27′58″W)
Stanford Bishop
SO 682 516
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • George Zarnecki
  • Ron Baxter

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St James's has an aisleless nave, chancel and west tower. The nave has N and S doorways of c.1200, the south under a porch with a round-arched entrance, dated to the 14thc. by RCHME. There are plain c.1200 lancets in the chancel S wall and the nave N wall. Nave and chancel share a single roof, although the chancel is slightly narrower. The short tower is capped by a pyramid roof. Romanesque features are the two nave doorways and the font base.


Stanford Bishop was held by Roger de Lacy in 1086, and Turstin held it from him. No church or priest was recorded at that time.

Benefice of Acton Beauchamp and Evesbatch with Stanford Bishop.


Exterior Features





All the work described above is likely to date from c.1190-1220, but since it all belongs together and includes such Romanesque forms as the round-headed arches and scallop capital, it is included here. The carved voussoirs at the top of each doorway inside appear to be reset, and as both have a lower angle roll they are assumed to come from an elaborate arch of similar radius, although it is hard to know where in the church it might have been.

J. Duncumb, Collections towards the history and antiquities of the county of Hereford. Vol. I, 1812.
G. Marshall, 'Fonts of Herefordshire'. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club. 1951.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 290.
RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 2: East, 1932, 170-72.
Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record, 6891. Now available online at http://www.smr.herefordshire.gov.uk/db.php/p