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St James Church Tower

The tower was built in the 15th century and restored in the 17th by the Roberts family, the Lords of the Manor. The three bell openings and the west window are typical of the period. The magnificent clock was restored in 1999.

Some people ask why one of the spires is larger than the others. This is because in this corner there is a spiral staircase right the way up, coming out at a door onto the roof. Of course, this is the one which supports the weather-cockerel which shows which way the wind is blowing.

The tower must be the finest feature of St James from afar, tall and slim. It is Perpendicular in style, with a chequerboard appearance from the high number of facing stones placed irregularly over its surface.It ha s diagonal buttresses and a northeast octagonal stair turret, headed by an ornate recessed crocketed spirelet. The tower is topped by a pierced embattled parapet, and seven other slim crocketed pinnacles.

Tower Visits

From time to time the bell-ringing band organise tower visits. From the top of the tower there are glorious views over the village and as far as the Forest of Dean. Closer at hand, you also get a good view of the state of the church roof!