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Midhopestones is a hamlet, high in the Pennines north west of Sheffield. St Jamesí is a tiny rugged church, surrounded by a picturesque graveyard. It is built of grey sandstone, with roof tiles of the same material.

All are welcome in this House of Prayer where people have come since the foundations were laid around 1360 by the Barnby family, the Lords of the Manor of Midhope (1354-1622). They used it as their private chapel until, impoverished by adherence to the Catholic faith after the Reformation, they had to sell the whole Manor. Some of the old benches in the gallery may have come from this time when there would have been no other seating.

During the time of the new owner, a Puritan merchant, a Jacobean pulpit was installed. It was high enough for the preacher to see out of the window. When Godfrey Bosville of Gunthwaite Hall bought the Manor for £2256 in 1690 the chapel was falling into disrepair. He restored it in 1705, adding the porch, gallery and simple box pews. Most of these survive, and two have the names of their original tenants carved upon the doors. The church was significantly reordered in 1978.

The churchyard has wonderful views over the open moors and hills.

If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us.


Address: Chapel Lane, Midhopestone, S36 4GW

Opening Times: Currently undergoing restoration.

Contact: 01226 370006 or

Directions: M1 J36. Take A61 to Sheffield. At roundabout take 3rd exit onto A616. Follow for 6 miles, turn left at Mortimer Road (to Bradfield). Turn right onto Chapel Lane, church on right.

Grid Reference: SK 236 996 GB Grid


The text has been written by volunteers from the site, more information can be found when you visit in person.


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