Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St James the Great's Church, Saul
St James the Great's Church,
Church Lane / High Street, GL2 7LW,
Saul, 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 1140, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1897 describes St James's Church as an ancient edifice of stone in the Perpendicular and earlier styles, consisting of large chancel, nave of five bays, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower of the 15th century, containing one bell and a clock, placed in 1887.

David Verey's Buildings of England (Vol 2, p.335) says there are four bays in the nave arcade, so as his account is more recent, it seems possible changes have been made. That is certainly the case for the reredos. It was made in 1883 of Caen stone, with sculpture by H.C. Frith and W.S. Frith, and is a part of the reredos of St Michael's Church in Gloucester, which was moved to Saul in 1956, when all except the tower of St Michael's was demolished. If Saul has only part of it, wonder where the other part(s) went...

To find out more about St James's, and about Saul itself (its "Parish Profile"), you may wish to visit its webpage on the website of the Severnside Benefice.

See also "Fretherne with Saul, Church of St James" on the British Listed Buildings website.

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 SO7491209317. 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 Saul, 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 28 Jan 2019 at 16:02.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 11:48:37 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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