Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St James's Church, Staunton, Corse
St James's Church,
Staunton Court,
Staunton, Corse, 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.

Staunton belonged to Worcestershire until 1931, and indeed may still be recorded as such in some reference sources.

It did, at least, avoid confusion with the other Staunton in Gloucestershire, in the Forest of Dean, near Coleford!

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 1] St James's Church Staunton is about a mile outside the main village centre, adjacent to the Staunton Court Business Park and Craft Centre. The spire can be seen quite clearly on the right of the A417 if driving from the Ledbury direction towards Gloucester.

Note: this photograph replaces one taken in 1999, in less clement weather. As can be seen this was a gorgeous late autumn day.[1]

[Image 2] The chancel (including the arch) and nearly all the windows are new, but parts of the building date back to the 12th century. The tower and spire are 14th century additions. Arthur Mee's The King's England says some of the pews may have been used by worshippers for 25,000 Sundays.[1]

[Image 3] This is a rather modern-looking arcade to my eye, but the the well-respected antiquarian J.W. Willis-Bund[1] dates it as 16th Century. The account is quite dismissive of it as being “all poor and thin”, but I rather like it.

The plaque on the wall, above the arches is:

In Memory of / Francis WALKER
of the Hill - Staunton
who died the 1st of Sept 1819
aged 51 years.
Also of Mary, Relict of the above
who died March the 3rd 1850,
aged 73 years.

A very attractive modern stained glass window is framed by the first archway and the Monument to William HORTON may be seen through the rightmost arch.

A further memorial, behind us on the opposite wall records as:

Sacred to the Memory of
The Rev. James Richard BOWDEN
Born at Staunton Rectory March 30th 1865
Baptised in this Church May 14th 1865
Called to Higher Service May 12th 1930
Eldest son of the Rev. James BOWDEN
Rector of Staunton 1861-1867

[1] J.W. Willis-Bund and William Page were joint editors of the Victoria County History of Worcestershire, Volume 4 (1924), q.v. pp.197-202 (Staunton).[1]

[Image 4] The inscription along the top of the Monument reads:

William HORTON Esqvire Liethe here who died the 13 Day of November A.D. 1612

William was the Lord of the Manor of Staunton - the estate was settled on him by his father, Thomas HORTON, following his marriage to Mary GRESLEY in 1590.[1]

Unfortunately it was not possible to read the plaque beneath the statues. Arthur Mee's The King's England says the figures represent William's 8 children, but it seems to me just as likely the larger figures are himself and his wife.

Above, everyone has ‘eyes-right’ except the little fellow, who has his head turned partly towards us, taking a sneaky look towards the ‘camera’ perhaps?

[1] The Victoria County History of Worcestershire, Volume 4 (1924), pp.197-202 (Staunton).[1]

[Image 5] This was the first time I've seen yer actual ‘Parish Chest’... although ironically I saw another one later the same day at Bishops Frome in Herefordshire.

The text version is John WADLEY and Edmund CLARKE - Church wardens 1742.[1]

[Image 6] This panel is mounted on the north wall of the belfry, below the tower, where - as can be seen - bell ropes hang down.

Next to it is a boad recording a Table of Benefactions to the Parish:

Two Houses, with a pasture ground a-
bove Heathall pitt, known by ye name of Clarks
place Valuable at two pounds 3 shills a year
One House, Orchard, & Garden with two
closes of Land below Heathall pitt Valuable
at one pound ten shillings a year
One House and Garden at Bowles
green with Lands to ye same adjoining & in
common Birchly, known by ye name of Tay-
lour's Valuable at six pounds a year
These three Messuages all scituate in ye
Parish of Stanton [sic]
One House & Garden with an Orchard
containing about two Acres of Land call-
ed Hussey's place scituate in ye Parish of
Ridmarley near ye Parke-gate Valuable at
two pounds ten shillings a year
James BEARD late of ye City of Glour.
Gent. defed gave by his last will bearing
date ye sixthe day of May 1740 the yearly
rent & sum of Forty shillings for ever to be
raised & paid out of his Estate at Stanton
called Walker-s ford, & to be applyed to ye
uses following to witt to be given to Eight
poor persons of this Parish that receive no
Alms, being five shillings apiece as his
Executor and ye Church-wardens & the
Over-seers of this Parish shall appoint

And below that, the following memorial to a bell ringer:

Beneath this Stone lieth the Body of Wm BARNES a notable ringer who was buried in Jany. 1785 ages 55 Yrs.[1]

[Image 7] This strange niche is on the south wall of the church, and as can be seen partly hidden by pews. Perhaps it used to contain an effigy of a knight, like the one in Bishops Frome Church (Herefordshire) which I visited later the same day, which still survives. Here it would appear the floor level has been raised since the original work, and some damage has occurred. The piscina next to it is a survival from a former chapel, which apparently existed before the present Chancel was built.[1]


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 SO7819129186. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


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

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 28 Jul 2011 at 00:00.

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