Inside St James's Church, Staunton by Redmarley (Arcade)

Recent Photograph of Inside St James's Church (Arcade) (Staunton by Redmarley)

This is a rather modern-looking arcade to my eye, but the the well-respected antiquarian J.W. Willis-Bund[1] dates it as 16th Century. The account is quite dismissive of it as being “all poor and thin”, but I rather like it.

The plaque on the wall, above the arches is:

In Memory of / Francis WALKER
of the Hill - Staunton
who died the 1st of Sept 1819
aged 51 years.
Also of Mary, Relict of the above
who died March the 3rd 1850,
aged 73 years.

A very attractive modern stained glass window is framed by the first archway and the Monument to William HORTON may be seen through the rightmost arch.

A further memorial, behind us on the opposite wall records as:

Sacred to the Memory of
The Rev. James Richard BOWDEN
Born at Staunton Rectory March 30th 1865
Baptised in this Church May 14th 1865
Called to Higher Service May 12th 1930
Eldest son of the Rev. James BOWDEN
Rector of Staunton 1861-1867

Here is a close-up of the stained glass - a representation of the eternal presence of agriculture in the surrounding landscape.

Staunton, St James's Church (Close-up of Stained Glass Window)

(Information provided by Rosemary Lockie)

[1] J.W. Willis-Bund and William Page were joint editors of the Victoria County History of Worcestershire, Volume 4 (1924), q.v. pp.197-202 (Staunton).

Image contributed by Rosemary Lockie on 11th October 2007.
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