St James, Ashmansworth

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A warm welcome to St James’ Church which is the oldest surviving building in Ashmansworth, with much of the church dating from the 12th century, with a brick porch added in 1694 and the east wall rebuilt in 1745.

It is Grade I listed.

The walls show the remains of medieval wall paintings thought to date from the 12th century onwards and the turret houses three bells dating from 1588 to 1780.

St James' church window: The church is the last resting place of Gerald Finzi the composer, who lived in the adjacent house from 1939 to 1956. The porch features an unusual etched window that displays the initials of fifty English composers with their dates of birth, all radiating from a tree’s roots. It was created by the artist Laurence Whistler, a friend of the Finzi family.

St James' church window detail:

So, they are not underground,
But as nerves and veins abound
In the growths of upper air,
And they feel the sun and rain,
And the energy again
That made them what they were!

Thomas Hardy ‘Transformations’

The North West Hampshire Benefice comprises Ashmansworth, Crux Easton, East Woodhay, Highclere and Woolton Hill Parishes.

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Messy Church
Messy Church is popular, especially with families with children. Actually held in our Village Hall, NOT the church! For more details, contact Mike on 01635 250533 or
Every first Sunday at 11:00 AM for 2 hours
Holy Communion
Usually followed by coffee and biscuits!
Not in December - Carol Service instead q.v.
Every fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Book of Common Prayer
Every second Sunday at 6:00 PM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer


Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge
Stained Glass Wall Paintings
Church Open During daylight hours
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Incumbent: The Revd Christine DALE
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 18333
Built: Early 12th Century
Architect: Unknown!
Style of worship: Book of Common Prayer
Our Patron: Bishop of Winchester & Earl of Carnarvon jointly
Archdeaconry: WINCHESTER (411)
Deanery: WHITCHURCH (41106)
Benefice: North West Hampshire (41/143CK)
Parish Legal Name: Ashmansworth (410140 )
CofE Church Info: (641140 41/140)
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The current editor is: Alan Cox

This page was last updated on Wednesday 12th April 2017
St James : Church Lane, Ashmansworth, Hampshire, RG20 9SP

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