Building record 0221201000 - BOARSTALL CHURCH


Seventeenth century parish church of St James at Boarstall, extensively altered in the nineteenth century.

Protected Status/Designation

  • Listed Building (II*) 1124282: CHURCH OF ST JAMES
  • SHINE: Boarstall post medieval duck decoy earthworks and Boarstall Tower & medieval to post medieval deserted village earthworks & medieval moated manor earthworks with associated ridge and furrow cultivation earthworks


Type and Period (1)

  • PARISH CHURCH (17th Century to 19th Century - 1600 AD to 1899 AD)


Dimensions - Length 0021 m Width 0009
Plan Form - Linear.
Print (1695) shows a small church with chancel & nave, no tower (B2,B0).
Rebuilt 1818 on original foundation (B4).
Gothicized 1884 (B11).
It is a small building - nave & chancel, with bellcote over junction. Contains some fittings from the earlier church (B5).
At NGR (B8).
Grade II+. Parish church. Rebuilt 1818 with alterations of 1884. Rendered nave and chancel with slate roofs, later C19 W. vestry and S. porch with some coursed rubble stone and ashlar dressings. Off-set buttresses. W. wall of nave has 2-light traceried window, small lancet above, and W. vestry with shallow gable. 2 bays of 2-light stone windows with arched lights and Tudor hoodmoulds to N. and S., the S. side also having late C19 shallow porch with moulded arches. Bell-cote with cusped niche at E. end of nave. Chancel has moulded parapet, and 3-light traceried E. window. Interior: nave has 4-centred vault with narrow moulded wooden ribs and cornice. Moulded arch to vestry. Moulded 4-centred arch to chancel. Fittings: good late C17 pulpit with arcaded panels, split baluster ornament and moulded sounding board. C17 table with baluster legs and ornamental frieze. A little C17 panelling at E. end of nave. Other fittings and glass C19, one window signed "Alex. Gibbs". Monuments: S. wall of chancel has re-used C15 tomb-chest with 3 cusped roundels and shields, incorporated into monument to two wives of Sir John Aubrey, early C19, in Gothick style. Monument to Sir John Aubrey 1826 on N. wall is in similar style. Marble tablet to Patty Mary Aubrey d.1774. Other later monuments to members of the Aubrey family. RCHM I p. 57 (B13).

Sources (13)

  • <3>SBC7570 Bibliographic reference: LIPSCOMB 1 PP89-94.
  • <4>SBC14405 Bibliographic reference: SHEAHAN PP335-337.
  • <5>SBC20463 Bibliographic reference: William Page (ed). 1927. A History of Buckinghamshire (Victoria County History) Volume IV. Volume 4. pp13-14.
  • <6>SBC12733 Bibliographic reference: RCHM(E). 1913. RCHM BUCKS 1 P57. Vol 1.
  • <7>SBC10628 Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Field Investigator. OS RECORD CARD.
  • <8>XYSBC10479 Map: OS 1979 1:2500 MAP. [Mapped feature: #28697 ]
  • <9>SBC7429 Bibliographic reference: LETTER FROM REV CHC EDWARDS, 9 M AY 1946 (FILED).
  • <10>SBC12373 Bibliographic reference: PORTER S 1985 CIVIL WAR DESTRUCTION OF BOARSTALL I N RECSOFBUCKS"26PP86-91".
  • <11>SBC11829 Bibliographic reference: PEVSNER N 1960 THE BUILDINGS OF ENGLAND- BUCKINGHA MSHIRE P68.
  • <12>SBC594 Verbal communication: ARP 1989 PERS COMM (RE SEARCH FOR BOARSTALL CHURCH BELLS, JULY 1987).
  • <13>SBC19811 Bibliographic reference: DoE. 1985. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest: Buckinghamshire: Aylesbury Vale: Parishes of Boarstall &C. p3.


Grid reference SP 62480 14166 (point)
Civil Parish BOARSTALL, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

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Related Monuments/Buildings (3)

Related Events/Activities (1)

  • Event - Survey: Site visit (EBC13596)

Record last edited

Aug 14 2022 8:45PM

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