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St James the Great, Colwall, Herefordshire

(52°4′42″N, 2°22′56″W)
SO 739 423
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Herefordshire
now Herefordshire
medieval Hereford
now Hereford
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

St James's has an aisled nave with no clerestorey, chancel with north vestry and organ room, and a tower at the west end of the nave, south of the south aisle. The nave arcades are of five bays; the south arcade dating from the 13thc., and the north from 1880. The chancel is entirely by Woodyer (1865), and the tower is 14thc. in its lower parts with a Perpendicular bell-storey and battlemented parapet. The only Romanesque sculpture is on a late-12thc. doorway reset in the south nave aisle, protected by a wooden porch built against the east wall of the tower.


In 1086, Colwall belonged to the manor of Cradley. The manor was held (unjustly according to Domesday) by Thormoth of Earl Harold (King Harold II), but was restored after the Conquest to Bishop Walter and the canons of Hereford Cathedral.

Benefice of Colwall with Upper Colwall and Coddington.


Exterior Features



N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire. Harmondsworth 1963, 104-05.
RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, 2: East, 1932, 52-57.
Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Record 4824. Now available online at http://www.smr.herefordshire.gov.uk/db.php/p