St James's Church, Draycot Cerne

Recent Photograph of St James's Church (Draycot Cerne)

Draycot Cerne gives its name to the benefice (of Draycot), but is the only one of its churches not in use, being vested in the Churches Conservation Trust. It stands in landscaped grounds by a lake (actually a dammed stream) below Draycot House, and reached across a low bridge over the lake. This is not mentioned in Buildings of England, yet the house appears large, and in core looking 17th century to me!

It has an air of gentle neglect, just as it did when I was here last, a few weeks before it became redundant. Tower, nave and lower chancel, and a north transeptal family pew/chapel opposite the south door of the nave.

(Information provided by Phil Draper)

Image contributed by Phil Draper on 3rd March 2007.
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