Stained glass window by Clayton and Bell, depicting St James the Less, St James the Less, Westminster, by G. E. Street
Stained glass window by Clayton and Bell, St James the Less, Westminster

St James the Less

Clayton and Bell

1861

Stained glass

G. E. Street's St James the Less, Westminster

Vauxhall Bridge Road, London

St James the Less was built as a tribute to Dr James Monk, first Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol, by his three daughters. Top-class craftsmen were chosen: the firm of Clayton and Bell, responsible for the stained glass, were the firm often used by George Gilbert Scott.

  • Front elevation
  • Part of the east wall, exterior
  • Adam and Eve rondels
  • Main door, with columned porch and elaborately carved stonework
  • Interior, showing east windows by Clayton and Bell
  • Altar, showing Street's richly detailed east wall
  • Ironwork by the choir stalls
  • Ironwork screen to the side of the pulpit
  • Chancel wall Venetian glass mosaic by G. F. Watts (replacing his earlier mural here)
  • Stone pulpit
  • Column, marble on stone, with parable ("The Sower") carved into the stone, capital (according to Speel) "apparently by W. Pearce"
  • Decorative column with stencilling at the base
  • Marble font with highly decorative ironwork canopy and surround
  • Wall plaque to Dr James Monk's daughters, who founded the church
  • Photograph and text Jacqueline Banerjee

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