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St James’ Church, Staveley
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St James’ Church, Staveley
54°22′48.74″N 2°49′6.86″W / 54.3802056°N 2.8185722°W / 54.3802056; -2.8185722Coordinates: 54°22′48.74″N 2°49′6.86″W / 54.3802056°N 2.8185722°W / 54.3802056; -2.8185722
Location Staveley, Cumbria
Country England
Denomination Church of England
History
Dedication St James
Consecrated 24 April 1865
Architecture
Heritage designation Grade II listed
Architect(s) J. S. Crowther
Groundbreaking 24 September 1863
Completed 1865
Construction cost £1,500 (equivalent to £104,800 in 2018)2018
Specifications
Capacity 300 persons
Administration
Parish Staveley
Deanery Windermere
Archdeaconry Westmoreland & Furness
Diocese Carlisle
Clergy
Vicar(s) Revd Shanthi Thompson

St James' Church, Staveley is a Grade II listed parish church in the Church of England in Staveley, Cumbria. Its benefice is united with that of St Martin's Church, Bowness-on-Windermere; St Anne’s Church, Ings; St Cuthbert's Church, Kentmere; Jesus Church, Troutbeck and St Mary's Church, Windermere.

History

Nave and chancel of St James' Church, Staveley
The nave and chancel

In the 1860s Staveley´s 14th century church was replaced with a new one on a different site. Only the tower of the old church survives. The new church was designed by the architect, J. S. Crowther of Manchester, in Early English style. The foundation stone was laid on 24 September 1863 by General Upton, acting on behalf of Hon. Mrs Howard, the Lady of the Manor.

It was consecrated by the Bishop of Carlisle, Rt Revd Samuel Waldegrave on 24 April 1865 at which point the only outstanding item was the spirelet.

Incumbents

List of incumbents at St James' Church, Staveley
List of incumbents framed inside the church
  • William Hudson ???? - 1658
  • James Robinson 1676 - 1691
  • William Harrison 1691 - 1724
  • Thomas Garnett 1724 - 1742
  • Isaac Knipe 1742 - 1754
  • William Langhorne 1754 - 1757
  • George Myres 1757 - 1806
  • Peter Strickland 1807 - 1837
  • James G. Elleray 1837 - 1858
  • William Chaplin (Sen.) 1858 - 1898
  • John Hawkesworth 1898 - 1902
  • William Chaplin 1902 - 1920
  • Ernest W.J. McConnel 1920 - 1943
  • Eric E. Oliver 1943 - 1976
  • Stephen Swidenbank 1976 - 1985
  • John Woolcock 1986 - 1993
  • Geoffrey Watson 1994 - 2013
  • Shanthi Thompson 2013 - current

Stained glass

  • East Window. Outstanding pre-Raphaelite glass made by Morris and Co to designs of Edward Burne-Jones 1878.

Organ

The organ at St James' Church, Staveley
The organ

The church organ was built by Wilkinson and Son of Kendal and inaugurated on 25 September 1866 by Mr Smallwood of St George's Church, Kendal. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

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