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St James

Dating from Norman times, our church will give you a sense of the history of the area whose name derives from ‘Anastan’ a solitary stone and is known to have had prehistoric settlements in the area.

Anston, Yorkshire

Opening times

We are very happy to open up for a visit with reasonable notice, there are several key holders within a few minutes of the church.


Sheffield Road
S25 5TD

A Romano British farmstead and fields were excavated to the south of the church in the 1960s. There has been a place of worship in Anston since at least 1171 and St James has survived the upheavals of civil war, poverty and sickness.

The lovely limestone church you see today dates mostly from the 14th century, with the tower being added in the 15th century. The building has grown over the years to reflect the changing and expanding community and only a few stones.

Some of the many interesting features that you will see include the tower, which has fragments of Norman stones built into the north wall of the tower’s base. Eight bells are hanging in the tower, six dating from 1871.

There is a 14th century effigy. This beautiful and very rare effigy, of a father and his daughter, stood outside the church for many years, but is now sited near the font at the west end of the nave.

Some of the pillars between the nave and the aisles have holes in them (now filled in) which are thought to have been caused by musket balls during the Civil War of the 1640s.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Car park at church

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Church of England

Contact information

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