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Amazing architectureGlorious green men & gargoylesSpectacular stained glassInteresting churchyardInterpretation of site available

Welcome to St James, a lovely historic village church, which we urge you to explore.

Dating from Norman times, our church will give you a sense of the history of the area. Anston, whose name derives from ‘Anastan’ a solitary stone, is known to have had prehistoric settlements in the area. A Romano-British farmstead and fields were excavated to the south of the church in the 1960s.

There has been a place of worship in Anston since at least 1171 and St James has survived the upheavals of civil war, poverty and sickness. The lovely limestone church you see today dates mostly from the 14th century, with the tower being added in the 15th century. The building has grown over the years to reflect the changing and expanding community and only a few stones, incorporated into the tower, remain of the original building.

Some of the many interesting features that you will see are:
- The tower, which has fragments of Norman stones built into the north wall of the tower’s base. Eight bells are hanging in the tower, six dating from 1871.
- A 14th century effigy. This beautiful and very rare effigy, of a father and his daughter, stood outside the church for many years, but is now sited near the font at the west end of the nave.
- Some of the pillars between the nave and the aisles have holes in them (now filled in) which are thought to have been caused by musket balls during the Civil War of the 1640s.

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


Keyholder noticeTours for groups and schoolsGenerally accessible to wheelchair usersParking at Church or nearbyAccessible by public transportRefreshments at site or nearbyToilets at site or nearby

Address: St James Church, Sheffield Road, South Anston, S25 5DT

Opening Times: Apart from normal Sunday morning (10.00) and evening (6.30) services and a service on Wednesday morning (9.15), there are no other regular opening times. However, we are very happy to open up for a visit with reasonable notice. There are several key holders within a few minutes of the church.

Contact: 01909 506934 or

Directions: M1 J31. Take A57 to Worksop. Turn right at second set of traffic lights onto Ryton Road. St James is straight ahead (about 200 yards) at the top of Ryton Road. Park either on the road or turn left in front of the church into Sheffield Road. In approx 200 yards turn right into Hillcrest Drive. The entrance to the church car park is approx 100 yards on the right, between two houses. Proceed carefully through the graveyard to the car park.

Grid Reference: SK 519 836 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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