SK4330 : Church of St James, Shardlow

taken 4 months ago, near to Shardlow, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Church of St James, Shardlow
Church of St James, Shardlow
View of the interior from the gallery, showing the mix of box and bench pews. The latter are carved with traceried panelling on the bench ends.
Church of St James, Shardlow
An early Victorian church in Gothic Revival style, opened in 1838 following the expansion of the village as an inland canal port. At this point a new parish of Shardlow and Great Wilne was created out of the parish of Aston on Trent. There are suggestions that prior to this, services were held in a barge on the canal. The church was funded by public subscription to the tune of £1300.

The church consists of a wide aisleless nave, typical of the period, with a small sanctuary at the east end flanked by a vestry, and a west tower. The style is essentially Perpendicular. Although faced with ashlar, the basic construction is of brick.

The interior of the church is laid out with a mixture of box and bench pews, painted in light-oak scumble. There is a western gallery with a small pipe organ. The area under the gallery has been screen to form a meeting room in which services can also be held when congregations are small. To the south of the sanctuary is an impressive tall pulpit with tester, with a matching small reading desk on the north side.

The church is Listed Grade II; the churchyard railings and gate alongside the main road are also Listed Grade II.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Friday, 19 January, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 24 January, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Period (from Tags)
Mid 19th Century 
Date (from Tags)
1838 
Style (from Tags)
Victorian Gothic 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4378 3032 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:52.1151N 1:21.0644W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4378 3032
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Parish Church  Church Interior  Box Pews  Grade II Listed 

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