Kilkhampton, St James Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Medieval carved bench ends
Much of the rest of St james' church dates to a late 15th century reconstruction undertaken by the Grenville family. The Grenvilles were also responsible for the south porch, which bears the date of 1567.
Kilkhampton church is best known for its collection of gloriously carved medieval bench ends. Carved bench ends are something of a Cornwall specioality, but even among Cornish churches, the carvings at Kilkhampton are something special. There are 31 benches in the nave with both ends carved, and another 41 benches in the aisles with one end carved. The carvings depict a variety of subjects, including fanciful arabesque ornamental fringes, heraldinc shields, Biblical symbols, and heads of different sorts.
The other major feature of note is a 16th century font made of granite, with an octagonal bowl. The bowl has a very odd inscription in inverted Lombardic script. Below the inscription is a frieze, and below that are a set of heraldic panels.
In the Grenville Chapel is a grandiose classical monument to Sir Bevil Grenville, a prominent Royalist commander in the Civil War. See our information on Sir Bevil's monument at Wick, in Somerset.
Throughout the church are numerous wall monuments in the style of Grinling Gibbons. These are thought to be the work of a local woodcarver named Michael Chuke, who studioed under Gibbons.
About Kilkhampton, St James Church
Address: Kilkhampton, Cornwall, England, EX23 9QR
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Just off the A39 3 miles north east of Bude
Website: Kilkhampton, St James Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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