St James

The pretty white church of St James in Charlestown, Baildon is a late 19th century painted tongue and groove timber building, it was moved to Yorkshire from Essex by traction engine in 1904.

About this church

This lovely painted tongue and groove church was originally built in Great Warley, Essex in 1892. The Rector, Revd HR Bailey, arranged for it to be moved to Baildon where he had land and intended to retire. He died in 1900 before his retirement, but according to his wishes the church was still erected in Baildon in 1904.

In 2007/2008 the church was moved again, but only by a few yards. Rotten timbers were replaced and underground heat pump system installed to make the building more eco friendly. At the same time the church created a garden around the building, containing many plants and trees mentioned in the bible such as palm, fig, olive and a Cedar of Lebanon. There is also a wildflower meadow and a water feature representing the Jordan Valley, with different pools symbolising the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church
  • On street parking at church
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches

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Upper Chapel

The origins of Upper Chapel begin in 1630 with a building erected by Anglicans and Presbyterians followed by the appointment in 1660 of the first Congregational Minister. Following the reclaiming of the chapel by the conformists in 1689 the non conformists worshiped in a barn until 1717 when the first Upper Chapel was constructed. The challenges of building are with us again as we strive to build the fifth Upper Chapel to continue God’s work.

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St Paul

The original parish church of Shipley still worshipping. Organ by JJ Binns of Leeds, stained glass by Barnett and other national and local artists.

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