It is Springtime, and this is one of my favourite churches to visit, certainly my favourite among all the churches in the South Elmham and Ilketshall benefice. It is also the eldest one among them. It is a haven of tranquillity set amidst the open countryside with only bird song and the rumble of a distant farmer’s tractor for company
– a small brass eagle (or maybe it’s a dove) with a rope attached rests on a ledge on the wall close by, and is used as the weight when raising the font cover for baptisms.
High on the West wall above and flanking a very dirty set of George 111 Royal Arms are two small circular recesses which might possibly have been Saxon windows before the tower was added.
The interior of St James is light and airy, the side chapel making it larger than it appears from the outside.
This side chapel on the South side of the church is dedicated to St John the Baptist
In the wall by the lectern is the opening to the rood stairs and above this is the blocked door to the upper rood screen
Some restoration of the church took place in 1874. The chancel was given wooden panels around it’s walls on which the local people in the early part of the C20 carved reliefs of small animals all around it’s top edge
In the South chancel wall sits a C13 piscina with a trefoil arch and alongside it is a nicely restored sedilia
The chancel door is 800 years old and there’s a charming medieval stone plaque on the wall above of St James the Great.
One of the brasses in this church is in front of the N door for Edmund de Ffeyvyll c1500