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Amazing architectureGlorious green men & gargoylesMagnificent memorialsSpectacular stained glassInteresting churchyardInterpretation of site available

Please visit St James church at High Melton. Our gorgeous 12th century church is in a lovely rural setting overlooking the fields, where you can enjoy some of the relaxing peace which people have lingered to immerse themselves in for centuries.

Our church was established in 1153AD and has been extensively extended over the years, most notably by the addition of a tower and Lady Chapel in the 15th century and some extraordinary Victorian internal features.

Until the reign of Richard II, the church was known as the "Church of All Saints" and served by nuns from Hampole Priory. Over the years we have connections with Archbishops, Lords and Archdeacons, and there are some spectacular memorials to some of our benefactor families, most notably the Fountayne family and its descendants.

Much expensive work was carried out in the early 20th century. In particular, there is a truly spectacular oak rood screen and reredos which are the work of perhaps the greatest church architect of the early 20th century, Sir John Ninian Comper and show amazing detail and carving even today. Comper also designed several altar frontals for St James and a wonderful stained glass window above our 12th century Ďwine gobletí font.

Most of all, St James is noted for its beautiful stained glass windows. Every window shows some kind of decoration, from mediaeval to Victorian work by Kempe (who also did work for most of Englandís Cathedrals). The light changes depending on the time of day you come, so itís worthwhile making more than one visit.

We regularly have the Parish Registers on show, which show records back to 1538.

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: Church Lane, High Melton, Doncaster, DN5 7SZ

Opening Times: The church is normally kept locked, except when there are events. Please call 01709 582952 for access at times when we are not open.

Contact: 01709 582952 or 01709 892598

Directions: A1(M) J37. Follow A635 towards Barnsley. Turn left once in Marr, and left again into High Melton.

Grid Reference: SE 509 018 GB Grid


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


High Melton St James


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