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.

There may be more information available by by selecting one or more of the accompanying images on the right.


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.

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

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 13:15:36 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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