St James

In a secluded setting in the middle of trees with no electricity or water, can be found the tiny and delightful church of St James.

About this church

The present building was designed by James Fowler of Louth and built in 1863 at a cost of £685. All the labourers in the parish contributed a week's wages towards the costs. The inner portions of the doorway, parts of the west front and the arch from the nave to the vestry are remnants of the original Norman building. The small tower contains one bell but this is too fragile nowadays to be rung.

Although a small church it has fine stained glass. The delightful rose catherine wheel window in the west front was given by Lady Mary Nisbet-Hamilton. The windows in the chancel are in memory of Mary Higgins, wife of John Higgins of Alford who died in Jan 1862. They represent: The Good Shepherd, The Ascension and The True Vine.

A sword and helmet which were discovered in an unidentified tomb in the churchyard are considered to be of 15th century origins. The octagonal font is thought to be 14th century.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Level access throughout
  • Parking within 250m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches

Trinity Centre

Holy Trinity, a Victorian church of 1866, was severely damaged by fire in 1991.

St Michael & All Angels

This beautiful church, consecrated on 5th May 1863, is a fine example of the work of Victorian Louth Architect James Fowler.

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