St James, Badsey, Worcestershire

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Feature Sets (2)


The church has a 12thc. nave with a N transept ofc.1330 and a modern S aisle, a 13thc. chancel, a 15thc. ashlar faced W tower and a modern porch. There is a small plain round-headed window in the nave to the W of the reset N doorway. According to Pevsner, this doorway was on the S side of the nave before the restorations of 1885; it bears the only Romanesque sculpture in the church.


Badsey manor belonged to the abbot and convent of Evesham at the time of the Domesday Survey. Five virgates were subsequently granted to William, a relative of Abbot Walter and steward of the abbey lands. The advowson of the chapel of Badsey belonged to Evesham Abbey until 1539.


Exterior Features


N doorway, nave (reset)

Round-headed, one order, with plain monolithic tympanum and a lintel with a thick cable moulding along the lower edge. Plain square jambs. The arch bears one row of lateral chevron on the face, outlined outside by a groove and with a cogwheel edge. Heavy label with pellets, now largely eroded, on the chamfered inner edge. Original springers probably lost.

The doorway appears to have been reduced in height and set higher in the wall, but it retains an old wooden door, set over a stone threshold. The tympanum seems to have been moved foreward; the coghwheel edge may indicate that there was also chevron on the soffit.

h. of opening 1.23 m
h. of tympanum 0.65 m
w. of opening 0.71 m
w. of tympanum 0.9 m


The VCH gives a date of c. 1120 for the N doorway; it would therefore be an early example of chevron in Worcestershire.


  • The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol. II, London 1906, 353-359, 356-358.
  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire, Harmondsworth 1968, 74.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SP 071 431 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Worcestershire
now: Worcestershire
medieval: Worcester
now: Worcester
medieval: St James
now: St James
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
G. L. Pearson