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St James's Church (Ruins), Lancaut, Tidenham
St James's Church (Ruins),
Lancaut Lane,
Lancaut, Tidenham, Gloucestershire.


This Church 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, but we understand it was closed in the 1860s.

St James's Church is now in ruins, but remains Grade II Listed - see the British Listed Buildings website for details (with Tidenham).

It is said to be half 12th century work, and half medieval - "a substantial remnant in a most romantic setting on a U-bend of the River Wye... presumed to locate a former village, now lost".

There are some monuments to the Stephens family inside the church - Jane (1682), Henry (1678), and John Stephens (1707).

According to Parish Churches of The Forest of Dean (Mike Salter, 1990), it is just 11.4m long, and consists of an "almost square" nave, with a chancel, added c1180-1200. "Two pointed openings of uncertain date in the west gable once contained bells".

The late 12th century lead font which belonged to the church is now set up in the Lady Chapel of Gloucester Cathedral. This is one of 6 in Gloucestershire cast in the same mould. The others are at Tidenham, Siston, Frampton on Severn, Oxenhall and Sandhurst.

St James's Church is situated on the bank of the Wye, and now accessible by footpath only. Latest news (January 2014) is that it has been sold to The Forest of Dean Buildings Preservation Trust for a nominal sum, on the condition that it is restored to its former glory.


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 was located at OS grid reference ST5369496477. 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 Lancaut, Tidenham, 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.

Information last updated on 27 Aug 2011 at 10:06.

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This Report was created 18 May 2022 - 00:16:14 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:13.

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