St James

Said to be the smallest active church in Yorkshire, and one of the smallest in Britain, St James is a Grade II listed building.

About this church

Dating from Norman times, it has been closed for worship and then reopened at least twice, and boasts a decorated font and lovely, rustic organ. Some say that smugglers used to hide out here!

The oldest parts of the church are Norman, with a mishmash of later additions. The font is a simple Norman chalice design set upon a later base with carved foliage decoration. 

The most interesting interior feature is a lovely rustic organ near the pulpit. This is beautifully carved and appears to be 18th century work. There are small carved pedestals in the sanctuary of medieval date, now used to hold vases of flowers.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church

Other nearby churches

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St Peter

More information about this church coming soon.


St Martin on the Hill

St Martin's church, designed by George Bodley and completed in 1863, is famous in the area and features excellent examples of preRaphaelite stained glass.

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