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Heritage and history

The church of St. James the Great at Norton celebrated it's 900th anniversary in 1980.  Combatants at Hastings may well have worshipped at this site, the county archaeology office found Saxon remains in the churchyard.

Though Norton Juxta-Kempsey, so named to distinguish it from other similarly named settlements nearby, has never been a large community things are changing. With the building of almost thirty thousand dwellings in the Wychavon area, and the soon to open  Norton Parkway Rail Station, the shape of the community here is shifting at a fast pace.

 

Having stood for approaching a thousand years the church is unsurprisingly showing signs of age. Most noticeable to the churchyard visitor will be the partial collapse of the south western buttress. This mediaeval structure has suffered water ingress over the years causing a slump of the inner fabric that has pushed the masonry outwards. Other high level repairs are inevitable and include the loose finials and other drainage related issues. These repairs are essential to secure the structure's future as a vibrant community space and secure this asset for the future.

 

A well attended public meeting was held in the church in 2016 where the urgency of the repairs was pointed out. Following this meeting a Heritage Lottery Fund, Grants for Places of Worship bid was submitted. This bid was successful with over two hundred thousand pounds awarded subject to satisfactory heritage development progress. From being a largely closed building the church is now open regularly.

 

Heritage projects readily identify themselves. The church was the Garrison Church for the Worcester Regiment from 1877 until 1964, aspects of the building are Norman, such as the North wall and the loop window. The Nicholson Organ dates from 1913 and is a Carnegie Trust placement. There are pigeon holes inside the tower, these are unusual. There are a number of military burials in the churchyard.

 

The Heritage of this church draws visitors from across the globe as travellers seek heritage knowledge relating to their ancestors.

 

These are challenging times for St James, a time where we need to reach out to and engage with the community.

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Contact us

Rev. Mark Badger

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01905 820057

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