About this church
St James has been a landmark for seven centuries. Built on a hillside above the River Lea, its embattled buttressed tower was a steering point for those on the water and a waymark for those on the ancient route to London.
The church's unspoiled interior has hardly been touched since Georgian times and features unusually high box pews and a three decker pulpit.
Monuments include that of a local nobleman, Sir Edward Baesh, who is shown kneeling opposite his wife.