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St James, Longdon, Staffordshire

(52°43′28″N, 1°52′48″W)
SK 082 141
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Staffordshire
now Staffordshire
  • Ron Baxter

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The nave has no aisles but broad transepts at its E end. The N transept is of 1870 by A. Hartshorne; 13thc. in its details, but with a single opening to the nave consisting of shafted piers carrying a heavy joist. The S transept is of two pointed bays, and was built by John Stoneywall, later Abbot of Pershore, around 1500. The nave roof is modern and fitted with skylights. The nave E wall has the remains of wallpainting at the top. There are N and S nave doorways; the S under a porch and the N now giving access to a vestry. The chancel arch is 12thc. work, and the chancel is 13th-14thc., with simple lancets at the W end and Y-traceried window further E. The E window has reticulated tracery of the early 14thc. The W tower is 14thc., with diagonal buttresses at the W end and reticulated bell-openings. The parapet, with battlements and crocketed pinnacles at the angles, may be a later addition. Construction is of red sandstone ashlar throughout. The S transept has battlements. There are drawings of the church in the William Salt Library, dating from 1769 to 1841 (SV VII 35a, 35b, 36, 37a) and one of the S doorway of 1843 (SV VII 38). All show the church much as it is today. In the same collection are drawings of the font, of 1842 (A. E. Everitt - SV VII 42) and 1843 (J. C. Buckler - SV VII 41). Romanesque features are the chancel arch, the bowl of the font, and the two nave doorways. The N doorway was not accessible when the church was recorded.


Longdon is not recorded in the Domesday Survey. By the end of the 13thc., Longdon was a prebend of Lichfield Cathedral. By 1279 some land in Longdon was held by the nuns of Farewell Priory, apparently from Llanthony Secunda (Gloucestershire).


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Staffordshire. Harmondsworth 1974, 197.
Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Views Collection nos SV VII 35a, 35b, 36, 37a, 41 and 42). Available online at http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=47,71124and_dad=portaland_schema=PORTAL