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St James the Great's Church, Westerleigh
St James the Great's Church (link to Church's website)
Westerleigh Road, BS37 8QP,
Westerleigh, 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 1304, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes Westerleigh as a parish and village, 1½ miles south from Yate station on the Bristol and Birmingham section of the Midland railway, 1½ from Coalpit Heath station on the section of the Great Western railway from Patchway to Wootton Bassett, 9 north-east from Bristol and 3 south-by-west from Chipping Sodbury. The church of St James the Great is described as "an edifice of stone, in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave of seven bays, north porch, south aisle, and a lofty embattled western tower containing a clock and 6 bells". It was restored in 1896, and there are 360 sittings.

The living was formerly a chapelry, annexed to the vicarage of Pucklechurch, but was created a separate parish in 1887. The living was then a vicarage in the gift of the vicar of Pucklechurch. Its first vicar was the Rev. Richard Stevens, of Worcester College, Oxford.

The parish records of baptisms and burials date from 1693, and of marriages from 1694.

According to St James, Westerleigh website, the original building (nave, chancel and sacristy) was consecrated in 1304. The tower, porch and south aisle were added in the 15th century. They suggest that its dedication to St James the Great, the patron saint of pilgrims, may have been because it was on the pilgrimage route from Worcestershire, via Bristol, to his shrine, in Santiago de Compostela, in Spain.


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 ST6995579654. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 12 Jan 2014 at 10:12.

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