St James' Church, Charfield, Gloucestershire

Address:
Churchend Lane, Churchend, Charfield, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 8LJ
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Opening times:
Open daily
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Please note - St. James' Charfield will be closed on 27th December 2019 for a private event.

 

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 fifteenth century, paid for by the wealth created from the woollen cloth trade. However, St James' lost its wool-working congregation from the eighteenth 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.

  • Access information

    Narrow lane with limited parking. Then a downward sloping grass churchyard through a double gate with level entrance to the north porch. Please note the path to the church is grassy, and can be muddy at times.

    Access via road and grass churchyard through wide door and down a single shallow step to the nave.

  • Disabled access information

    A downward sloping grass churchyard through a double gate leads to a level entrance to the north porch. Please note the path to the church is grassy, and can be muddy at times.

    Access via road and grass churchyard through wide door and down a single shallow step to the nave.

  • Facilities & Hire
    This church has no heating, lavatory or water supply.
  • Directions
    2 miles south east of M5 Junction 14; on Churchend Lane found at the roundabout where B4508 and B4509 cross, 1 mile south west of the main village of Charfield
  • Transport

    Nearest railway station: Yate (7 miles)

    Gloucestershire bus and journey planning: 01452 425610.

  • History & Further 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.

    Gloucestershire & Bristol County Guide

    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.

    St. James' Charfield Guidebook

     

  • Community information

    Click here to download a copy of the CP which sets out the shared vision for the future of the church. This is a working document that will be updated on a regular basis. If you have any feedback or if you want to contact us about the church plan please drop us a line. When you write, please do give the name of the church, thank you!

    Charfield Church Plan.pdf