Pulloxhill – St James

Pulloxhill - St James

The church of St James the Apostle in Pulloxhill is situated towards the south of the village on Church Road. Limited parking is available by the roadside outside the church.

Web Site: St James Pulloxhill

Saint: St James


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There are historical records of the church existing in C13 but the building fell heavily into ruin in the following centuries. The tower fell in mid C17 leaving the building as the chancel and ruined tower. The rebuilding of the church to its present form took place in mid C19 and reopened for worship in 1846. The rebuilding shortened the chancel to the west as can clearly be seen by the windows and rebuilt the nave and tower.

Pulloxhill - St James. View from the south-east.

The south side of the church has three windows and no doorway. All windows in the church date from the C19 restoration. Those to the south are all two light pointed arch windows with different styles of tracery above the cinquefoiled lights.

Pulloxhill - St James. South side, eastern window.
Pulloxhill - St James. South side, central window.
Pulloxhill - St James. South side, western window.

The west tower is of three stages with angle buttresses leading to an embattled parapet. The belfry openings are two light windows under pointed arches. There is a clock to the north face of the tower. The west window is of a circular design with quatrefoil tracery.

Pulloxhill - St James. Tower from the south.
Pulloxhill - St James. West window.
Pulloxhill - St James. Tower from the north.

The north side of the church mirrors the south with three windows and no door. The three windows match their counterparts to the south in terms of tracery.

Pulloxhill - St James. North side, western window.
Pulloxhill - St James. North side, central window.
Pulloxhill - St James. North side, western window.
Pulloxhill - St James. Chancel from the north.

The west end of the north side of the chancel shows the join line with the rebuilt nave. The north side of the chancel has a single window of C15 origin of two trefoiled lights under a four-centred arch.

Pulloxhill - St James. Chancel, north window.
Pulloxhill - St James. East end

The east window is of three trefoiled lights with trefoil designs in the tracery under a pointed arch.

Pulloxhill - St James. East window.

The south side of the chancel shows the most dramatic view of the shortening of the chancel in the C19 rebuilding with the western window truncated. The south side has two windows and a priest’s door.

Pulloxhill - St James. Chancel from the south.
Pulloxhill - St James. Chancel, south-eastern window.

The eastern window is of C15 style and is of three cinquefoiled lights under a four-centred arch. The western window would have appeared similar to the eastern but the rebuilding of the nave and shortening of the chancel inelegantly obstructed two out of the three lights.

Pulloxhill - St James. Chancel, south-western window.