St James' Church, Charfield, Gloucestershire

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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 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.

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