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    Rating Key

    ***** Outstanding
    **** Excellent
    *** Good
    ** Quite interesting
    * Not very interesting but worthy of inclusion


    5 Open for long periods, or key readily available
    4 May be open for long periods, but best to check beforehand
    3 Uncertain opening times
    2 Closed for all or most of the time other than for services
    1 Closed at all times

Site: St James
Denomination: Church of England
Type: Church
Period: Late medieval, 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century

Features: A consecration cross, Brasses, Coat of arms, Galleries, Hatchments, Monuments, Pews, Roofs, Screens, Wall paintings

Location: 5 miles N of Basingstoke off the A33 or A340.


Both externally and internally this is an engaging church. There is a happy juxtaposition of items from different ages, including 16th-century pews and rood screen; the old roof; the elegant 1738 W gallery; a number of monuments and brasses; some hatchments; and a 1660 royal coat of arms (the date of the Restoration of the monarchy at the ending of the Civil War). There are many medieval wall paintings. On the N wall of the nave there is a consecration cross with a central candle hole, a large St Christopher with a ship, a hermit, two mermaids, and a sea monster. On the N wall of the chancel there is a masonry pattern, and another consecration cross. There is a large portrayal of St James and patterning on the N side of the E wall, with a faded Virgin Mary on the S side. On the S wall there is a window splay, and what remains of a painting of St Gabriel. On the S wall of the nave, there are jumbled overlapping scenes that include a head under an arch, and possibly the Martyrdom of a saint with, further W, The Martyrdom of St Thomas Becket.

Address: The Street, Bramley, Hampshire, RG26 5DF
Phone Number: 07714 237235

E-mail: johnlenton@iname.com

Rating: ***

Open: 4