A little village with a lot of history....

Posts in category St James Church

St James’ Church by David Ross

St James’ church, Somerton   Rarely have I enjoyed a church so much as the Church of St James, Somerton. The church stands on a rise of ground on the south side of Church Street, looking out over the Cherwell Valley. The path leads past a gnarled apple tree, which was bright with pinkish blossoms […]

Windows on Time

Completed  East  Window The Windows in St. James’ Somerton, like the church and the village have a history which can be traced back over several hundred years.  The most famous stained glass window, the Whall window, is the subject of a separate presentation. But others are of considerable interest. Repair and restoration of some of […]

THE BLESSING OF THE WATER

A Russian Orthodox Service On Sunday 24th January 2016, during the week of Christian Unity and the Orthodox week of Theophany and with the Bishop’s blessing, we were delighted and privileged to welcome the Russian Orthodox Church of the parish of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in Oxford to St. James for the “Blessing of the […]

Nativity Service 2015

NATIVITY SERVICE The Somerton Nativity play took place, as is now tradition, on Christmas Eve at 4pm. A multitude of the heavenly host (average age 4), a donkey, three sheep, four wise (wo)men, a real baby Jesus and the Rt. Hon. Sir Tony Baldry (as Herod) assembled to entertain the congregation. As ever, there had […]

Church Guide

Church Guide

St James, Somerton, Oxfordshire A Guide Introduction TheChurchofSt Jamesin Somerton stands on a knoll to the south of one of the tracks leading down from the tableland to the east to the water meadows along the Cherwell. The church is unusually large and imposing for what has never been a large village. It contains remarkable […]

The work of Henry Wilson

The work of Henry Wilson

THE  WORK  OF  HENRY  WILSON  AT  ST.  JAMES’S  CHURCH Restoration ofSt.James church was proposed in 1889, the architect being John Sedding who described the church as ‘of great interest’ for ‘the singularity of its appearance, and its value as a specimen of an Old English church, unspoiled by modern interference’.  The restoration was originally conceived […]

The Good, The Bad & The Absent

The Good, The Bad & The Absent

THE  GOOD  THE  BAD  &  THE  ABSENT  – A few of the more notable Rectors of Somerton In an age when the living of a parish was in the hands of the King, the Church, the Lord of the Manor or indeed anyone who cared to purchase it, it is not surprising that those who […]

The Whall Window

The Whall Window

The William Barnes Memorial Window – The Risen Christ with St. James and St. Paul The magnificent window at the East end of the North aisle is an early work by Christopher Whitworth Whall (1849 – 1924), the leading designer and maker of stained glass in the Arts & Crafts Movement. The Somerton window is notable […]

Rectors of Somerton

Rectors of Somerton

THE RECTORS OF SOMERTON Sources Index to the Parishes in the County of Oxford & Original Diocese of Oxford with lists of incumbents of each from the foundation of the See in 1542 so far as they are recorded in the Diocesan Register. British History online C. of E. Database Blomfield C = by cession […]

Fermor Chapel Hatchments

Fermor Chapel Hatchments

Fermor Chapel Hatchments WORK CONTINUES ON THE HATCHMENTS – CLICK HERE TO READ MORE The three hatchments in the Fermor Chapel have now been restored and rehung. Here is a splendid PowerPoint presentation compiled for us by Sally Woodcock the Conservator. The Fermor Chapel contains three large diamond-shaped hatchments. These were in very poor state of […]