The pews in the Nave and in the South Aisle were installed in the 1860s. However for most of its history St James would have had seats along the walls for the infirm so “the sick can go to the wall”.

The spaces now filled with pews would have been used for a variety of purposes other than worship. They would have served the village as a place for local business and entertainment before the time of village halls.

The platforms supporting the pews were replaced in 2013. Beneath the wooden platform is bare earth; previously the wooden supports were amazingly rotten, they just turned to powder in your fingers - and walking between the pews you would sink down in places - all quite alarming.

They had probably not been touched since about 1896 and the rot was made worse by the lack of ventilation.