The church buildings through the years

The church and grounds


The Revd James Burrows was appointed vicar of St Mary’s, Hampton, in 1861. Within a year it was decided that a new church, the District Chapelry of St James, should be built to cope with the appalling situation of the scattered village of New Hampton situated a mile or more away on the hill above Hampton.  

The church building

Roof repairsWhen the church was first built in 1863 it was a simple, solitary rectangular building costing £1,300, with nave 67 feet by 24 feet, chancel 24 feet by 20 feet and small vestry room. Since then the actual church building has undergone many changes, additions and improvements over the years which have transformed the original little "barn of a church" into the elegant building of today. Have a look at The church building through the years which show what happened from when records began up until 2017. 

During 2018 regular maintenance activities were undertaken as required, including repairs to the gutters. Whilst the paintwork on the brick walls remains in a poor state of repair because of the earlier ingress of water, particularly in the south aisle and chancel, redecoration is being deferred to spread both the cost and disruption. The date for the complete internal redecoration is yet to be established and will entail closure of the building for an extended period. Damp within the external fabric of the church remains a concern and is the subject of regular monitoring.

In addition to the regular maintenance a number of material activities have taken place during the year. A major upgrade of lighting in the tower and spire has taken place, including the provision of emergency lighting. In line with the H&S assessment, access to the tower is now key controlled. Damaged tiles in the baptistry have been temporarily removed, replaced by levelled screed, whilst its long term use is reviewed and prospective restorers of Victorian tiles identified. The latest Quinquennial Survey says that the church building is considered to be in generally good order.

2019 saw an MoT on the church roof. A team of roofing contractors carried out a survey, making good as they went. Damaged flashing was replaced on the west porch and the roof painted. Damaged slates were replaced on the main building, downpipes repaired and painted, gutters cleaned and finials painted. 

Plan of the church interiorThe inside of the church through the years

There have been many developments inside the church and many additions and changes to its contents over the years. Have a look at The church building through the yearsThe west porch through the years and The vestry through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017.

Through 2017 and early 2018 there were major works in the church building. Two toilets, one suitable for wheelchair users and with baby changing facilities, were built in the west porch, opposite the parish office. The glass exterior doors were replaced. The vestry furniture was upgraded, storage rationalised and a sink and also power sockets added in the vestry. The ambience of the vestry was improved by the installation of a toughened frosted glass window. New notice boards have been erected throughout the church building to give a consistent style.

In January 2018 the electrical wiring was upgraded to meet statutory requirements and low surface temperature radiator guards were fitted. Extra power sockets were added in the north and south aisles. The heating had remedial works done to improve the warmth of the church. The church audio system was yet again upgraded and new special and coloured lights and lighting effects were added to enhance concerts and special events. Lights are subject to regular review and wherever feasible failed components are replaced with the latest energy efficient components. In line with this policy the failed high level floodlight in the chancel was replaced with an LED unit.

 See the photo album Improvements which includes most of the improvements made during this time. 

Bernie Whitmill started major work to renovate and improve the church’s organ in January 2017 and this work continued until 2019. Have a look at the photo album Organ renovation.  

The stained glass windows through the years

The original windows of the church were made of plain glass. As the church was enlarged it was richly endowed with stained glass mostly given in memory of people whose untiring efforts brought so many benefits to the parish. Have a look at The stained glass windows through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017.

The tower & spire through the years

To celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887 it was decided to complete the church by building the tower and spire. Have a look at The tower & spire through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017.

In the autumn of 2017 the clock faces were restored. An inspection of the tower at the same time revealed that repairs were also necessary to the stonework, some of the tower’s brickwork needed repointing, bell tower louvres needed repairs, and two lancet windows lower down in the tower needed glass repairs. All this work was completed before Christmas. See the photo album Clock restoration.

A major upgrade of lighting in the tower and spire took place in 2018, including the provision of emergency lighting. In line with the H&S assessment, access to the tower is now key controlled. Damaged tiles in the baptistry were temporarily removed, replaced by levelled screed, whilst its long term use is reviewed and prospective restorers of Victorian tiles identified. See the photos 'Before and After' above.
 

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New pointing on the tower

Getting ready to remove the clock faces

Repairing the stonework on the tower


The church hall through the years 

In 1908 Mrs Fitz Wygram gave a small iron and wood building to make a church room, which was set up in the vicarage field. Since then different buildings have been used as a church hall. Have a look at The church hall through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017.

During 2017 cupboards for Fair Trade stock were created at the entrance to the hall and new notice boards were hung in the hall corridor. The PCC appointed a new cleaning company to take over the hall and church toilets. Later in 2019  the hall underwent a major refurbishment. The main hall floor was sanded and resealed whilst new vinyl flooring was fitted throughout the remainder of the building. The central heating system was upgraded with high level wall mounted fan assisted radiators, to comply with health and safety regulations, replacing the original floor level radiators. All toilets were refurbished and this included the installation of improved lighting throughout and the installation of emergency facilities in the disabled toilet. A new cupboard was built on the east wall, all walls and skirting boards were repainted and new notice boards were erected. All external lighting was reviewed for improved security, resulting in the replacement of all old units with new energy efficient units each with built-in sensors. Have a look at the photo album Improvements (start about half way through).

The vicarage through the years

The original vicarage was a large, elegant, gabled, typically Victorian one, which was built in 1864. Have a look at The vicarage through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017. The vicarage is generally totally redecorated between vicars and in 2016 the windows were replaced.