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St James's Church, Mangotsfield
St James's Church,
St James's Place / Cossham Street, BS16 9JA,
Mangotsfield, 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 1221, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 describes Mangotsfield as a township and parish, with a station on the Bristol and Birmingham section of the Midland railway, 5 miles north-east from Bristol. The south side of the parish borders on the coal district of Kingswood; the north, towards Downend, produces Pennant stone; the remainder was then agricultural.

According to The Story of St Stephen's, 1904-2004 on St Stephen's Soundwell website, quoting Our Parish: Mangotsfield, Including Downend by Revd. Arthur Emlyn Jones (1899), the building we now know as St James's Church originated around 1222-1228 when one William de Putot, Sheriff of Gloucestershire, and Constable of Bristol Castle, built a chapel next to his home in the village".

Kelly describes it as "a building of stone, in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel with chantry, which retains a piscina, nave of three bays, north aisle, south porch and an embattled tower on the south side, with pinnacles and spire, and containing a clock and 6 bells". The church was almost entirely rebuilt in 1850, and has 350 sittings.

The British Listed Buildings website records the church as "probably incorporating William de Putot's memorial chapel of 1221-28", with later alterations, and 19th century rebuilding and alterations in 1812 by James Foster of Bristol, and in 1851 by Pope, Bindon & Clarke. It is built using local materials - pennant stone rubble with freestone dressings.

In 1923, the living was a vicarage, in the gift of the Peache trustees, and had been held since 1918 by the Rev. Frederick Richard Henry Crews L.Th. of Durham University.

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 ST6644976176. 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 Mangotsfield, 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 18 Jan 2014 at 08:21.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 13:50:27 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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