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St JAMES, Shere

The Church of St James, Shere, dates from the late 12th century but is thought to be built on an earlier Saxon church. It is mostly 12th - 14th century, restored in the 20th, with some fine features, including the Norman west doorway and 13th century font and chest – probably used to hold money collected for the crusades. The church has some medieval stained glass and some interesting memorials, but is possibly best known for the Anchoress of Shere, Christine Carpenter, who asked to be walled up in the church forever and, in 1379, got her wish. Her cell is in the north wall of the church, where there is a quatrefoil squint enabling her to take part in Mass and through which food could be passed. The handsome lych gate is by Lutyens and there's an attractive path and bridge over a stream on the north side of the church.

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