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St James the Great

A beautiful, light and peaceful Cotswold village church, offering a warm welcome to all.

Stonesfield, Oxfordshire

Opening times

Open every day, 9am to 4pm.


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OX29 8PP

This Early English church was built in approximately 1220, and contains some fine features from that period.

The chancel arch has beautiful triple-shafted responds and stiff leaf capitals, typical of Early English architecture. There is an exquisite 15th-century carved oak screen between the chancel and the Lady Chapel. The octagonal font is 14th century. The east window contains medieval stained glass, including, in the centre, a composite figure of a 14th century head, possibly of St Peter, on a 15th century body. The beautiful carved oak pulpit is dated 1629.

The tower was heightened in the 15th century and is a prominent landmark. It contains a ring of six bells, the oldest dated 1602. They are rung from the first floor. In 1997 they were restored, retuned and rehung.

The church is roofed with Stonesfield slates, a roofing slate mined in the village and used for many of the buildings in Oxfordshire, including Oxford Colleges.

The church itself feels welcoming, with much natural light. It offers a quiet space, lively worship, and much architectural interest. It welcomes many visitors and information leaflets are available.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access to the main areas

  • On street parking at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Sundays: 8am Holy Communion, 11am Parish Communion (or All Age Worship on first Sunday of each month)

  • Wednesdays: 9.30am Holy Communion

  • Monday Coffee: 8.45am to 11.30am in St James Centre

  • Church of England

Contact information

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