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Baldersby St James

by Zoot Rollo

September 20, 2014

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William Butterfield built churches, a lot of them, in England, in the 19th Century. They are among my favourite buildings.

This is one of his, St James, Baldersby St James, North Yorkshire, finished 1857, only took a couple of years.
Butterfield was building his masterpiece, All Saints’, Margaret Street, London at the same time and there are a lot of similarities, tall slender steeple, banded brickwork, polychromy

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Baldersby St James is a very small village between the larger villages of Baldersby to the north and Rainton to
the south. Baldersby Park estate was acquired by William Dawnay, 7th Viscount Downe, in 1854, and Lord Downe immediately set about a programme of building on the estate. A completely new settlement was established at Baldersby St James. That new village was designed by William Butterfield.
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William Butterfield (1814-1900) worked mainly in the south of England, mostly on Anglican church commissions. His was a highly decorated Gothic Revival style. Baldersby St. James is no exception. The tiny village is dominated by the soaring 49 Metre spire, which can be seen for some distance across the flat surrounding farmland. There is a Vicarage, to the northeast, and across the road to the northwest, the School House and outbuildings.
Butterfield’s Cottages were of sturdy brick construction, with half hipped gables, dormers and small windows.They became a symbol for honest architecture and housing, an example that decried the growth of the speculative building trade.St James - Baldersby - Butterfield0003

As always, when I was researching this I found a great site , with extensive photos and 600+ English churches, craziness for sure but if you like that sort of thing it is worth a visit. English Church Architecture

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