The church buildings through the years

The church and grounds

The Revd James Burrows, MA 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

When 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 shows what happened from when records began up until 2017. 

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 on 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. This now makes it easier to use the church independently of the hall. There were considerable other improvements inside the church. The glass exterior doors were replaced. The vestry furniture was upgraded, storage rationalised and a sink and also power sockets added in the vestry. Extra storage cupboards were installed in the children’s area and new tables were added. New notice boards were installed in the corridor at the west porch entrance and further power sockets were added in the north and south aisles. The heating was examined and remedial works done to improve the warmth of the church. Further remedial work was required on the AV installation. Low surface temperature radiator guards were fitted in church early in 2018. New cupboards were fitted in the entrance to the hall to store the Fairtrade goods and new noticeboards were hung there. See the photo album Church improvements which includes most of the improvements made in 2017. 

Bernie Whitmill started major work to renovate and improve the church’s organ in January 2017 and this work continued until the end of April 2018. Have a look at the photo album.

The Quinquennial Inspection was conducted and the Properties Team implemented its recommendations. 

During 2018 work continued on bringing the building up to standard, and in January the electrical wiring was upgraded to meet statutory requirements. Following an incident during the Ark Playgroup the radiators and pipes were being covered with low surface temperature guards.

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. New notice boards were installed at the west porch entrance and the outside south doors were painted.

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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 2018  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, including the installation of improved lighting throughout and the installation of emergency facilities in the disabled toilet. A new cupboard was built on the north wall and all walls and skirting boards were repainted. New notice boards were erected. All external lighting was reviewed, including 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 Refurbishing the hall (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.