St James (New Church), Kingston, Dorset - 10th October 2006

This church was begun by the third Earl of Eldon in 1874 to replace the old church, which remains as a church hall.  The architect of this magnificent building, completely out of scale with the surrounding village, was George Edmund Street.

It was completed in 1880. It did not immediately replace the existing church, and for over forty years it was, in effect, the private chapel of the Eldon family.

 St James (New Church), Kingston, Dorset - 10th October 2003 - MTC

In April 1921 Lord Eldon conveyed the church and churchyard to the Church Commissioners, and on October 11th, 1921 they were consecrated by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Jocelyne. On January, 1922 the new church was substituted for the old one under an Instrument of the Church Commissioners.

Here is a view looking from the east into a bright sky!

St James (New Church), Kingston, Dorset - 10th October 2003 - MTC

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