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I visited the lovely Church of St. James in Chipping Campden with a little group of TE friends last month. The weather was changeable and I unfortunately didn't get any pictures of the outside of this lovely church which is a magnificent example of an early perpendicular "wool" church, rebuilt in the 15th Century, its imposing tall square tower visible for miles around.

But inside the church we were treated to some lovely light. This is the altar and east window at the end of the choir and lovely bright sunlight was streaming in through the south window casting some lovely patterns of light and shade on the red carpet.

There was actually a Norman church on this site before 1180, though it was much smaller than the present one. About 1260 the Norman church began a slow transformation that was to last nearly 250 years.

The chancel was rebuilt, the north aisle constructed with arches to balance the the 13th century south aisle and the south porch was added together with the windows and battlements of both aisles. About 1490 the nave was reconstructed with its magnificent arcading built on the foundations of the old Norman nave. The great window over the chancel arch was added, a rare feature of church architecture, which provides wonderful light for the nave.

About 1500, the noble West tower was built, adding grace and proportion to the whole. At 120 ft. in height it ensures that the Church is a landmark from whatever direction Campden is approached.

The East Window (seen here) by Henry Payne was completed in 1925 in memory of those who fell in the Great War. On the left (north) wall of the chancel you can see the finely carved canopied tomb of Sir Thomas Smythe: he was Lord of the Manor of Campden until his death in 1593. He lived at the court of Henry VIII and was the first Governor of the East India Company.

As I say, I didn't unfortunately get any photographs of the outside of this lovely church. but, if you're interested, you can see a street-level view of it if you look at this map and drag the little yellow man dowm to the red cross and pan around. If you "walk" along a little farther west to this spot and do the same, you can see the rather imposing gateway to the church with its twin towers.

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