St James Church,
Apart from normal Sunday services, the church is opened each Tuesday and Wednesday from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm between the months of June to September. In addition the church, and its registers going back to the year 1592, can be viewed by appointment with the churchwardens
The earliest documentary evidence of a church on this site is dated 1140 ad, although there is other evidence which suggests that the original church may have had Saxon origins. The “new” church was built in 1512, some three years after Henry VIII was crowned King of England, and in 2012 we has a wonderful year of celebration of our 500th year, which included a visit by the Archbishop of York, The Most Rev. Dr John Sentamu.
It is a place of peace and holiness. Five hundred years of worship are contained in this beautiful and special building, such that spirituality oozes out of its very walls. We have the privilege of continuing a tradition which goes back 900 years. We are guardians of its heritage and we recognise that in our time here we are custodians of the history, the present and the future of this church. Our task is simply to nurture and care for it and, in time, to pass it on to the next generation in a better state than we found it.
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Having such an ancient and varied history St James, Altham is of special interest to groups of various kinds and guided tours are available for groups of up to 50 people. Each tour takes about an hour and a half and tours are available all year round, although evening visits are better in the summer in order to take advantage of the beautiful stained glass. A small charge is made, based on a per-capita basis. To find out more contact Les Moore or Sue Tinker.