St James' Church, Charfield, Gloucestershire

Address: Churchend Lane, Churchend, Charfield, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 8LJ
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A church for the wool workers

St James is a pretty, light-filled Medieval church of mellow Cotswold stone that stands on a steep hillside, overlooking a valley towards the Cotswold escarpment.

Its original structure was substantially rebuilt in the 15th century, paid for from the wealth created from the woollen cloth trade. But St James’ lost its wool-working congregation from the 18th century when the industry shifted to the valley and the church became isolated and escaped later restoration.

It has a pretty saddleback tower, roofs of Cotswold stone and large windows flooding the empty church with light.

An elegant porch leads to the fine 14th-century north door.

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Road directions

2 miles south east of M5 Junction 14; on Churchend Lane, between B4508 and B4509, 1 mile south west of the main village of Charfield

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Yate (7 miles). Gloucestershire bus and journey planning: 01452 425610.

OS Reference No.

ST 718 912

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.







PDF iconGloucestershire & Bristol County Guide (PDF, 4.7mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Gloucestershire & Bristol. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Community information for St James' Church, Charfield

 

All our Goucestershire churches are in CCT’s West region.

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St James' Church, Charfield, Gloucestershire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as ‘Keyholder nearby’, this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There is a step into the churchyard and a grass path to the door.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.