Wednesbury St James
The perpetual curacy is in the alternate patronage of the Bishop of Lichfield and the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev WG Cole, BA. "
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]
St James's ecclesiastical parish was formed on 3rd June 1844. Services were initially held in the parish school, before the church was built in 1847-8 and consecrated on 31st May 1848. The church, in St James Street, is a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of apsidal chancel, nave, aisles, vestry, south porch, and a western tower containing a clock with chimes and one bell.
A chapel of ashlar stone from the Codsall quarries in the Gothic style was added in 1887 as a memorial to Lt Col Bagnall. It forms a north aisle to the chancel, to which it opens by an arcade of three arches. The chancel apse was built in 1865 as a memorial to Mrs Twigg, the remaining portion being completed in memory of the Rev Richard Twigg, rector from 1856-1879. A memorial chapel at the south side of the chancel was added to the memory of George Silas Guy and Henrietta Maria Guy by their daughter. The carved oak lectern is a memorial to the wife of the Rev William Graham Cole who was rector from 1846-1856.
The living is a rectory, in the gift of Trustees.
Church of England Registers
The register of the church of St James commences in 1845. The original registers for the period 1845-1955 (Bapts), 1848-1961 (Mar) & 1849-1936 (Bur) are deposited at Staffordshire Record Office.
Nonconformist Church Registers
Records of Nonconformist churches in Wednesbury can be found on the Wednesbury page.
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