St. James’ Church,Kingston (SY95555 79552) Lead authors: PJB and JT
St. James’ Church in Kingston (SY95555 79552) was built for the 3rd Earl of Eldon, using stone taken from quarries on his estate. The exterior is ashlar of Burr – the Broken Shell Limestone from the Upper Purbeck. Many blocks of this stone show white patches which the quarrymen have found are extremely hard.
The entrance porch (narthex) is also built of Burr, including the outer pillars. The entrance arch has pillars of Purbeck Marble that are weathering to a brown colour.
The interior walls are ashlar of Purbeck-Portland ‘cliff stone’ from both St. Aldhelm’s Head and London Doors quarries. The arches separating the nave from the aisles, and the clerestory walls, are of ‘cliff stone’ ashlar. The capitals of the supporting columns have been carved from ‘cliff stone’ from St. Aldhelm’s Head quarry. The bowl of the font is also of ‘cliff stone’, smoothed and almost polished, standing on a support of Purbeck Marble.
The steps to the chancel are of Derbyshire crinoidal limestone. The steps into the vestry are of ‘cliff stone’. The altar is standing on a platform of white Italian marble.
Text by JT, Images and Captions by PJB. 6/6/17.