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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.

Baildon, Yorkshire

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Otley Road
BD17 6JP

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.

  • Social heritage stories

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Car park at church

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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