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Cooling St James

Church / Chapel

Main Road

Tel: +44 020 7213 0660

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Cooling St James
St James’ in its desolate position, with marshes stretching north to the Thames estuary, is strongly associated with the opening pages of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. The churchyard is believed to be the setting for the first encounter of his hero Pip with the convict Magwitch, and the pathetic tombs of 13 babies are now known as ‘Pip’s graves’. The interior of the church is impressively spacious and the tiny vestry is lined with thousands of cockle shells, emblem of the patron saint.


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