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Church Micro 5767...Winscombe - St James

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Hidden : 05/08/2014
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This cache will take you to St James Church in Winscombe, it will require you to head through the church grounds and out onto the footpath at the far end to locate the cache allowing for views of both sides of the tower.

The Church of St James in Winscombe, Somerset, England, has 12th- or 13th-century origins but the present building dates from the 15th century. It is a Grade I listed building.

There are no records remaining of the Norman church on the site, but there evidence of the building of the church which was consecrated by Bishop Jocelin on 26 August 1236. The 4 stage 100 feet (30.5 m) tower was added around 1435, by Bishop John Harewell, and at the same time stained glass was added.

The church was restored and a new chancel added in 1863. The rebuilding of the chancel was undertaken by William Burges. He was commissioned by the Reverend John Augustus Yatman, whose brother had been Burges's main client for painted furniture. Burges and his team, including Fred Weekes and Gualbert Saunders, also undertook the design of three stained glass lancet windows in the chancel, in memory of Yatman's mother.[4] Pevsner appreciated their quality, "much better aesthetically is the glass in the chancel," but erroneously attributes them as "one of the best examples of Morris glass in existence and quite unrecorded."

The bells of St James have long called people to worship, the original bells being cast in 1773 by local founders, the Bilbie family. Two newer bells were added in 1903 by Taylors Founders. The eight bells are in the key of E flat and the tenor weighs 18-1-8 – 18 hundredweight, 1 quarter of a hundredweight and 8 lb (930 kg). St James holds regular services on Sundays, with bell ringing being provided for both the morning service and evensong.

The bells were infact ringing when we placed the cache, although perhaps not as melodic as they are sometimes. It was nice to see the addition of the newly designed gates at the front. To find the cache you will need to follow the footpath through these gates through the churchyard and just out through a gate into a field where there is sometimes a horse.

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