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Shardlow, St.James'

St. James' Church
Window - Moses, Abraham and Aaron

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St. James’ Church was built in the 1830s to serve Parish of Shardlow and Great Wilne, which was, at that time, the largest inland port in the country. With its box-pews and tall pulpit it is a fascinating example of early Victorian architecture.

We have a versatile meeting-room, the Hayward Room , at the west end of the Church, which is available for community activities.

Our usual Sunday pattern is:

1st Sunday in the month: 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion
3rd Sunday in the month: 10.30 a.m. Morning Prayer


The church is open during the day and the St.James' Community Library is available free of charge for the borrowing of books for adults and children.


On the 4th Saturday in every month we hold a Coffee Morning from 10.00- 11.30 a.m. in the Hayward Room. We have a wonderful selection of home-made cakes for sale.


Urgent structural repairs to St.James' Church, Shardlow,  have recently been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to undertake urgent repairs to the stonework and roof of the parish church. The project will protect the building from decay through water ingress and stonework deterioration, and will also engage the community and the village school in the heritage of the church through the development of guides and trails and the creation of a wildlife heritage garden. Finally, the project will deliver a warm secure accessible welcoming room to showcase the local heritage and create an accessible hub for the community .

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