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Churches

St James

St James' Church, AshmansworthSt James’ Church is the oldest surviving building in Ashmansworth, with parts of the church dating from the 12th century, with a brick porch added in 1694 and the east wall rebuilt in 1745.

It is Grade I listed.  

The walls show the remains of medieval wall paintings thought to date from the 14th century and the turret houses three bells dating from 1588 to 1780.


St James' church windowThe church is closely associated with Gerald Finzi the composer, who lived in the adjacent house from 1939 to 1956.  The porch features an unusual etched window that displays the initials of fifty English composers with their dates of birth, all radiating from a tree’s roots.  It was created by the artist Laurence Whistler, a friend of the Finzi family.

St James' church window detail
So, they are not underground,
But as nerves and veins abound

In the growths of upper air,
And they feel the sun and rain,
And the energy again
That made them what they were!  

Thomas Hardy ‘Transformations’

Click here for Welcome to St James'

Click here for more history of St James'.

The North West Hampshire Benefice comprises Ashmansworth, Crux Easton, East
Woodhay, Highclere and Woolton Hill Parishes:

Rector: Revd Christine Dale, tel: 01635 253323, cdale001@btinternet.com
Associate Priest: Revd Carolyn Petts, tel:  01635 255143, carolynpetts@tiscali.co.uk

Churchwardens:
Mr J Skinner 01635 253552
Mr A Rowe 01635 253040

St Michael and All Angels

The Domesday Book records a church in Crux Easton and a Norman church existed on the current site during the 12th century but the present St Michael & All Angels church in Crux Easton was erected in 1775, replacing the structure as it then existed.  The only record offering an explanation for the church’s replacement is a parish register describing it as a “hideous structure"!

St Michael's and All Angels ChurchVarious works of restoration have been undertaken over the years.  Electric light and heating were installed in 1953 and carpets made in the 1980/90's and the altar frontal (a Millennium project) were all worked by members of the congregation.

For more details about services and events click this link and  
for more information about the church's history visit /www.southernlife.org.uk.

The North West Hampshire Benefice comprises Ashmansworth, Crux Easton, East
Woodhay, Highclere and Woolton Hill Parishes:

Rector: Revd Christine Dale, tel: 01635 253323, cdale001@btinternet.com

Churchwardens:
Mrs W Draper 01635 253189
Mr K Draper 01635 253189