GLOUCESTER – The Gloucester Historical Committee voted at its June 2 meeting to approve an addition at St. James On-the-Glebe Anglican Church.
J. Brad Newbill plans to add a 672-square foot bathroom and shower, both ADA complaint, to an existing building on the property at 6101 W. Abingdon Glebe Ln. The existing building recently was converted into a fellowship hall from a garage.
Five members voted for the proposal, one abstained, and three couldn’t attend the meeting.
The St. James property dates to the early 1700s and consists of 65 acres. Thirty of the acres are fields, 30 are woods, and the remaining 5 are where the chapel, carriage house, and barns are located. The vicar and his family live in the main building, and the fields are active farmland. The property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 15, 1970.
A glebe is farmland given by the King of England to the church. The land is farmed to support the clergy who reside there.