St James, Norton facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsSt James, Norton
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Website||St James Church, Norton|
|Dedication||St James the Greater|
|Heritage designation||Grade II*|
|Designated||1 May 1952|
|Style||Norman, Early English, Perpendicular|
|Tenor bell weight||15 long tons 2 cwt 6 qr (33,990 lb or 15.42 t)|
|Priest(s)||Toby Hole (Acting Priest-in-Charge)|
The Domesday Book of 1086 records a manor at Norton but not a church. The earliest parts of the building are Norman: the 11th-century inner doorway in the south porch and six corbels, evidently re-set, flanking it on the east and west walls of the porch. The arch over the doorway has zigzag moulding but is heavily restored. If the doorway is 11th-century, the claim by John Charles Cox (1843–1919) that Robert FitzRanulph (circa 1117–72) founded the church can be discounted.
Much of the rest of the church is Perpendicular Gothic. The nave has north and south aisles. The north aisle has five bays and was built about 1200. The south aisle has a three-bay arcade and is 14th-century. East of the south aisle is a south chapel with its own two-bay arcade, which was completed in 1524.
In the churchyard are the base and truncated shaft of a 14th-century stone cross. Its gritstone base, with four steps, and plinth are thought to be original, while its socket stone and shaft are believed to be 18th- or 19th-century replacements. The cross is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is Grade II listed.
In the churchyard is the Chantrey tomb, designed by the sculptor Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781–1841) and completed on his death in 1841. He is among the family members buried in it. The tomb is also Grade II listed.
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