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MSO8364 - St James' Church and Churchyard, Upton Farm

ENPHER Number:MSO8364
Name:St James' Church and Churchyard, Upton Farm
Type of Record:Building
Grid Reference:SS 9803 2950

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The remains of the 14th Century former parish church, of which only the west tower and the lowest courses of the nave and chancel survive.

Monument Types

  • CHURCHYARD (Medieval to AD 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1867 AD (Unclassified))
  • PARISH CHURCH (AD 14th Century to AD 19th Century - 1300 AD to 1867 AD (Unclassified))

Designated Status

  • Listed Building (II*) 1248084: REMAINS OF THE CHURCH OF ST JAMES


[SS 98022950] St James's Church (NR). [1]

St James, Upton. Only the west tower stands and the lowest courses of nave and chancel. The unbuttressed tower with low east arch can hardly be later than the first half of the 14th century. [2]

The ruin of this church is as described above. (See [11]). [3]

23/5 Remains of St James's Church. Listed Grade II. Consists of ruins of rebuilt tower of original mediaeval church and remains of nave walls, about 2 feet above ground. Tower obscured by heavy overgrowth but shows part of panel-traceried tower arch. Inside tower is painted wooden Decalogue and wooden strip with painted inscription to the effect that the church was seated in 1793. [4]

(SS 98022950) St James's Church (NR) (remains of) (NAT). [5]

Remains of the former parish church of St James. Grade II*. [6]

In the 1860s the church was considered to be too far from the village and a new one was built in 1867 in Upton village. The nave and chancel of the old church were pulled down in 1891, and the tower was made safe in 1973. [7]

The remains of Upton church, stand within a large graveyard. The ruins consist of the west tower and the lower courses of the nave and chancel. They have been consolidated in recent years but require further work. [8]

The graveyard has been in use since at least medieval times. [10]

The church orginally consisted of three cells on a linear plan; a square chancel at the east end, a recentgular nave, a square west tower and a south porch. The church according to measurements taken in 1791 was 20.12 metres by 3.96 metres, excluding the tower. A photograph taken the 1880's (Figure 2.1) shows two entrances in the south side of the building.
The footprint of the building, the tower and the east tower window and carvings on the arch are considered to hold high historical significance. [12]

The building was visited in March 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. The nave and chancel received a BAR score of 1A and the tower a score of 4A. [13]

<1> Ordnance Survey, 1962, 6 Inch Map: 1962 (Map). SEM7220.

<2> Pevsner, N., 1958, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, P. 326 (Monograph). SMO5711.

<3> Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments, F1 Pitcher, G. H. 04/08/1965 (Unpublished document). SMO5103.

<4> Department of the Environment, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest , DOE (HHR) Dulverton RD Somer Sept 1955 21 (Index). SMO5109.

<5> Ordnance Survey, 1975, 1:10,000 Map, 1975 (Map). SSO1442.

<6> 4/8/1986, 36th List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset)/Exmoor National Park. (Index). SSO59.

<7> Ackland M.E, Ackland M.E to Somerset County Council (Unpublished document). SSO721.

<8> Wilson-North, R., Field Investigators Comments, RCHME Field Investigation, 29 June 1998 (Unpublished document). SMO7329.

<9> Allen, N.V., 1974, Churches and Chapels of Exmoor, P. 84 (Monograph). SSO727.

<10> Aston, M, 10.12.76, Somerset County Council (Unassigned). SSO764.

<11> REMAINS OF 14TH CENTURY ST (Photograph). SMO1460.

<12> Rushton, N. & Tomlinson, W., 2012, The Old Church of St James', Upton, West Somerset: Assessment of significance (Report). SEM7879.

<13> Lawrence, G., 2014, Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13 (Report). SEM8060.

Related records

MSO8365Parent of: Churchyard cross, St. James' Church, Upton (Monument)

Other References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (1A): 1648/10/110
  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (4A): 1648/10/110
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10860
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11650
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8374
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 92 NE7
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NBR Index Number: 52151
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36507
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34157
Date Last Edited:Nov 11 2016 9:16AM


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