The icon of St James was donated to the church in 2003.

 St James the Great was a fisherman who became one of the first followers of Jesus. He was the first of the apostles to die, beheaded in Jerusalem in AD44.

St James' body was said to have been miraculously transported to Santiago de Compostela in NW Spain in the early middle ages. His shrine there became the third most popular place of pilgrimage, after Jerusalem and Rome, and remains today a great centre of pilgrimage from all over Europe.

St James is the patron saint of pilgrims; his symbol is the scallop shell and is worn by his pilgrims. It is possible that this church was associated with the pilgrimage route from Worcestershire which ran down the Cotswold Edge and over to Spain via Bristol.

 Try letting your imagination follow a similar trail ...

"A Walk of 191 miles from Bristol to Truro" by Richard Long

Snowdrops - familiar roads -  from Avon into Somerset -  the Welsh hills in view - over the Mendips - Exmoor in View - the Somerset levels - the lights of fishermen - high tide on the River Parrett - Black Smock Inn.

43 miles

Watching Buzzards - across the Black Down Hills - into Devon - followed by a dog - clattering hooves on the road - quiet weather - a new moon - Three Tuns inn.

41 Miles

Dartmoor in view - crossing the River Exe - hedgerow daffodils - dusty lanes - up onto Dartmoor – passing Bennett’s Cross at dusk – the hoot of an owl – two bridges.

36 miles

Bodmin Moor in view – down off Dartmoor – crossing the River Tamar into Cornwall – five hours of rain – across Bodmin Moor in mist – Orion between racing clouds – the Barley sheep.

40 miles

Muddy lanes – following a herd of cows – china clay tips – kissing gates – Atlantic horizon – a following wind – the road flooded – admiral Boscawen.

31 Miles


England 1993 – from exhibition at Arnolfini