In the Church of England a "proprietary
chapel" is generally a chapel built by subscription and
maintained by private individuals. Such chapels are without
constitutional existence or parochial rights. The Church of St
James, Avonwick is one of the very few now remaining.
It was built
at the total expense of the founders.
There is a plaque on the south-east wall of the chancel which
states: "This chancel is erected to the Glory of God and in
loving remembrance of James Cornish of Black Hall who died 7th
September 1865, age 73 years, in consequence of a fall from his horse
near this place".
He was buried in North Huish Church as were
other members of his family before him.
The Church was dedicated on 6th August 1878. A newspaper
reported, "On Tuesday 6th August 1878 the church was opened by
the Bishop of the Diocese under very auspicious circumstances.