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St James' Church, New Brighton
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St James' Church, New Brighton, from the southwest
Coordinates: 53°26′14″N 3°02′44″W / 53.4372°N 3.0456°W / 53.4372; -3.0456
OS grid reference SJ 307 939
Location Victoria Road, New Brighton, Wirral, Merseyside
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Churchmanship Low church
Website St James with Emmanuel,
New Brighton
History
Status Parish church
Consecrated 10 July 1856
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 17 October 1986
Architect(s) George Gilbert Scott
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1854
Completed 1856
Construction cost £12,523 (including parsonage)
Specifications
Materials Stone, slate roof
Administration
Parish New Brighton,
St. James with Emmanuel
Deanery Wallasey
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York
Clergy
Vicar(s) Revd Heather Atkinson
Laity
Reader(s) Ron Jones, Mike Collins
Director of music Richard Wilberforce
Organist(s) John Tennant
Churchwarden(s) John Timms, John Codling

St James' Church is in Victoria Road, New Brighton, Wirral, Merseyside, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Wallasey, the archdeaconry of Chester and the diocese of Chester. Its benefice is united with that of Emmanuel, New Brighton. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.

History

The church was built between 1854 and 1856 to a design by George Gilbert Scott. The foundation stone was laid on 16 February 1854 by the Rt Revd John Graham, Bishop of Chester, and the church was consecrated on 10 July 1856. The total cost of the church and parsonage was £12,523. A south vestry designed by A. R. Keighley was added in 1924.

Architecture

Exterior

St James' is constructed in stone with a slate roof, and has a cruciform plan. The plan consists of a four-bay nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles under lean-to roofs, north and south transepts, a chancel with a canted east end, a south chapel and vestry, north and south porches, and a steeple at the northeast corner. The windows along the sides of the aisles are paired between buttresses, and in the clerestory are triangular windows. At the west end of the church are gabled buttresses, between which is a doorway. Above the doorway are three lancet windows and a circular window. The transepts also have gabled buttresses and triple lancets, and a rose window on the north and south sides. In the chancel are two-light windows in each of the three sides of the canted east end, and there are two-light windows in the chapel. The tower has angle buttresses and is in four stages. In the bottom stage is an entrance on the east side and blind arcading on the north side. The second stage contains traceried lancets, the third stage has pairs of trefoil-headed windows, and in the top stage are two-light louvred bell openings and a cornice decorated with ballflowers. On top of the tower is a broach spire with lucarnes and a niche above each broach.

Interior

Inside the church are five-bay arcades with round columns. The chancel arch also has round columns, these having foliate capitals. There is a low iron chancel screen, and a two-bay arcade with a parclose screen between the chancel and the chapel. The timber pulpit is octagonal and decorated with figures. The reredos of 1897 is by A. O. Hemming, who also executed paintings on the chancel walls and ceiling in 1899. The original pipe organ was made in 1891 by Hele and Company, and was repaired by the same company in 1910 following damage caused by a gas explosion. This organ was replaced in 2006 by one moved here by David Wells from St John's Church, Egremont.

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