Church of England Diocese of York St. James, Selby

Facilities and features

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Baby Changing Facilities

Limited parking in the church carpark. There is a pay and display car park next to the church and hall.

Disabled toilet available

at the bottom of Audus Street

Ramped entrance
Hearing (induction) Loop

Assistance dogs are welcome

Our Building

St James' was designed and endowed by James Audus, the prominent local philanthropist, and amateur architect, the church was consecrated in 1867. His aim was to provide a local church for the ordinary people of Selby free of 'pew rents' charged by Selby Abbey at that time; it became known as 'The Railwaymen's church.' St. James' is
a good example of the principles and taste of the Ecclesiological Society and an outstanding achievement by a little-known amateur. Features include hammer-dressed stone; Ashlar dressings; pitched slate roof; tile cresting;
Nave, chancel, lean-to aisles, "transepts", porches and west tower. Early English style, with richly "Ecclesiological" interior.

Fittings include exterior boarded doors with ornamental wrought iron hinges; an exceptional wood and brass lectern; marble reredos; good woodwork, especially the characteristically mid-C19 clerks desks and stalls; very distinctive and delicate ironwork surrounding pulpit and incorporated into the communion rail.

The tower west window has glass by the renowned Belgian stained-glass painter Jean Baptiste Capronnier.

The spire was lost in a tragic accident in 1944 and never rebuilt.

Music and Worship

Concerts / Live Music

Groups, Courses and Activities

Youth Group

Our next Alpha starts on 9th January in the Church Hall at 7pm. Book your place on our Church website

Bible study
Mothers Union

Dominoes at 2pm every other Thursday in the Church Hall.
Over 60s Table Tennis in the hall every Wednesday from 9.30am-midday

Squiggles & Wiggles runs in the large Hall every Thursday morning for parents and pre-schoolers from 9.30am (access via Audus Street)
Mums, Bumps & Babies is in Revive (via New Lane entrance) on Friday mornings
Both are held in the Standering (Church) Hall


Help for Visitors

Guidebooks / Notes

Every Monday morning from 10.30am-12.30pm

Other Features

For enquiries for hall hire email: [email protected] or call 01757 709678 (answerphone out of hours)