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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.

Fordon, Yorkshire

Opening times

Access can be arranged, please give us 24 hours notice.


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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.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

Contact information

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