Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St James's Church, Longborough
St James's Church,
Longborough, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in the 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes St James's Church as "a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 6 bells". In the south transept is a tomb, with a recumbent figure of a knight wearing a coroneted helmet; and "under a richly carved canopy, supported by four marble pillars", effigies of William Leigh (in armour), who died in 1631, his wife (d.1664) and three children. There are also three canopied niches with pedestals for statues and some fragments of ancient glass. The porch doorway is Norman.

Not mentioned by Kelly, but recorded by the British Listed Buildings website is the Sezincote Chapel, which was added to the church in 1822-3. It contains monuments to Harriet, Lady Cockerell, d.1851; Cecilia Rushout Rushout, d.1869; and Charles Cockerell, d.1837. Charles was a younger brother of Samuel Pepys Cockerell (1754-1827), an English architect, who designed Sezincote House. The Sezincote Chapel was designed by Samuel's son, Charles Robert, originally as a private chapel, accessible through a doorway from Sezincote House only. It had an upper floor, with a fireplace in the north east corner, and a vault underneath for family burials. By the 20th century, and presumably by the time Kelly described the church, the family no longer needed it, and it was made accessible from the interior of the church - thus becoming a north 'transept'.

See also "Our Churches" on St David's Church, Moreton in Marsh website, which has (as of January 2019) a very nice leaflet on St James's Church available for download.

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 4] The Inscription reads:

Sacred to the Memory of
Sir Charles COCKERELL, Baronet,
who departed this life 6th January 1837, aged 82
He was a most kind affectionate husband, father, and friend, loved and respected by all who knew him.
His Liberality, Benevolence, and Hospitality knew no bounds, and he was indeed
"The Poor Man's Friend".
He went early in life to India, and married a daughter of Sir Charles BLUNT, Bart, who died at Calcutta,
where after having filled very high and important situations, he returned to England
and in 1808, married the Honorable Harriet RUSHOUT,
daughter of the Lord Northwick by whom he had three children,
Charles Rushout, married the daughter of The Lord Foley,
Harriet Anne, married to Viscount Deerhurst, son of the Earl of Coventry,
and Eliza Maria who died the 13th June 1832 in the 17th year of her age,
to the inexpressible grief of her family and friends, lovely in mind as in person
her early piety endeared her to every one.
Youth, Beauty, Health, and Peace were thine,
Behold thy earthly bed, it must be mine,
Yet lo' an angle beckons from on high
'Tis my child: to God! and her I fly.[1]

[Image 5] The plaque at the top of the monument reads:

Memoriæ Sacrum
Gulielmi Leigh Militis
nec non
Elisabethæ conjugis

The remainder is in latin, but has been translated on an informational plaque beside the tomb.[1]

William died 1631 and Elizabeth 1664/5. The epitaph records that she was a widow for 34 years, during which her house provided a refuge for the poor, and an ‘asylum to faithful subjects of the King (in most diffuclt times)’ that is, during the Civil War.

[1] To be found by choosing the following menu items: England > Gloucestershire > Historic Churches > Longborough on the Britain Express website. It is worth noting that this website belongs to an “avid historian, photographer, and ‘Britain-ophile’”, and not, as I'd first imagined, from its name, a long-distance coach company![2]


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SP1791129745. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Longborough, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Transcription provided by Alf Beard.

2. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 24 Jan 2019 at 10:17.

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