Whitehaven: St James

Whitehaven: St James
Record Type:
Church code:
West cumberland

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade I Listed Building
View more information about this Listed Building on the National Heritage List for England web site
Scheduled Monument?
There is no Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is not in a National Park

Conservation Area

The church is in the following Conservation Area: Whitehaven Town Centre

Heritage At Risk Status

On Heritage At Risk Register?
This church is not on the Heritage at Risk Register

Approximate Date

Approximate Date:
Post Medieval

Exterior Image

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Summary Description

Outstanding landmark and period architecture, although designed by a mining engineer (Carlisle Spedding). Built in 1752 as the third church to serve the growing industrial new town and port of Whitehaven (built from 1680 onwards). Contains William Wailes (1870s) and good modern glass. Pevsner believes it has the best Georgian interior ‘in the county’ – in 1967 that would be Cumberland but it is now true for the whole of Cumbria. Its only challengers are St Cuthbert, Carlisle, St Mary, Wigton and St. Andrew, Penrith, although, unlike St James, two of these other churches contain pre-18th century features too.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
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Church Website

Church Website:

Sources and Further Information

Church of England (2021) A Church Near You https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/12470/ [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 12 Bells [Archive/Index]
12 Bells