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The building is national monument 201265, a grade 1-listed rural Anglican parish church consecrated in 1304. It is set in the centre of a large level churchyard alongside the Westerleigh village green, situated near the edge of the Cotswold hills.

The original church was consecrated in 1304; the fine three-stage tower, tall and slim, perpendicular in style, with diagonal buttresses and octagonal stairwell leading to the ornate turret and slim pinnacles.

 In the 17th century the Roberts family improved the south aisle and added panelling in 1638, which later formed the base for the musician’s gallery.



Notable interior features include a C15 sedilla, C17 carved screen and posts to tower base, carved stone font and C18 gallery and painted coat of arms. The chancel was rebuilt in 1879-81 by Ewan Christian.

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When do we ring?    Sunday 9:45

                               For practice Wednesday 19:30

Who can ring?          Anyone with enthusiasm to learn

How to join in?         Send a message to the Tower Contact

                               or look on Bristol Rural Branch website for further details

                               see also  map of towers in Bristol Rural Branch

Ring the changes - Bell Ringing: a great tradition


We have a lovely ring of 6 bells, two of which date back to the 15th century. The tenor weighs just over 20cwt.



Contact bell ringers

St James church would be pleased to perform a Church of England baptism ceremony for babies and for older people. Baptisms are normally held at St James on the second Sunday each month, except in November when they are held on the fourth Sunday so as not to clash with the Remembrance Celebration around the war memorial.

You may enter details of your child and family on the baptism registration form and this is sent to the Yate Parish Office. Alternatively you may send a simple message to the Parish Office.

To keep the numbers manageable, the baptism service is limited to two families and a maximum of 150 guests total; so you might have to wait until a date is available. You should be aware that the church can be quite cold in winter, so you should ask your guests to wrap up well.

Parents and children are invited to attend a 10.30am Sunday morning service prior to the baptism date and introduce themselves to the congregation over coffee afterwards. Alternatively parents and children are invited to a coffee morning on Wednesday at 10am to get to know people from the village of Westerleigh.



Opening Hours: The church building is open to the public every day from 10am to 4pm from 1 May to 30 September, and also by appointment with the churchwardens. The building is open most days in winter too, 10am to 4pm, although this is not guaranteed.