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Description - Parish

Grote of St. Jacobskerk in Den Haag (The Hague), Zuid-Holland, NL

MeMO institution ID and name
MeMO institution ID 49
Name (Dutch) Grote of St. Jacobskerk
Name (English) St James the Greater's Church
Patron saint(s)
  • James the Greater
Additional remarks
Location (according to current geography)
Province Zuid-Holland, NL - Netherlands
Settlement Den Haag (The Hague)
Coordinates 81/455
Diocese before 1559 Utrecht
Diocese after 1559 Utrecht
Parish Den Haag
Date of foundation 1275-1300
Founder(s) or main benefactor(s)
Right of collation Abbey of Middelburg (Premonstratensians)
Phases in the institutional history The church was separated from Monster (St Machutus's Church) in the last quarter of the thirteenth century. An effort to incorporate the church with the Chapter of Our-Lady-at-the-Court (The Hage) when this was founded in 1368, failed.
Date of reformation (or dissolution)
Additional remarks
Extant memorial objects and/or texts concerning memoria
Memorial objects
Text carriers
  • Stichting Grote Kerk, 's-Gravenhage; Afdeling Monumentenzorg van de Dienst Ruimtelijke en Economische Ontwikkeling, De Grote of St. Jacobskerk : een historische rondwandeling (The Hague 1991)
  • Joosting & Muller Hzn., J.G.C.& S., Bronnen voor de geschiedenis der kerkelijke rechtspraak in het bisdom Utrecht in de Middeleeuwen. I: S. Muller Hzn, De indeeling van het bisdom (The Hague 1915), 273-274
  • Ven, Jeroen M.M. van de, Den Haag: parochiekerk van St. Jacob, in: Caspers, C.; Margry, P.J., Bedevaartplaatsen in Nederland I (Amsterdam and Hilversum 1997), 276-278

Building history

General date of construction 1425-1475
Church or chapel(s)
Name St James's Church, The Hague
Date of foundation ca.1275-1300
Date of consecration
Short history of the building stages 1420-1424:Construction of the tower. Replacement of the crowning in 1539. Restoration of the tower in stages after 1940.1951-1956: Current steeple. 1434-1455: The original nave was replaced by the current one. 1492: Construction of the current choir (aisle), Our Lady chapel and Holy Cross chapel. 1539: Construction of the roof- urret. 1829-1830, 1854, 1878-1884, 1912-1920, 1957-1963, 1985-1987: Restorations.
Additional remarks Part of the inventory are the statues in memory of Gerrit of Assendelft († 1486) and his wife Beatrix van Dalem († 1492) (in the 'chapel of Assendelft').
Burial ground
Date of consecration
Date of clearance
Extant building remnants
Additional remarks
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