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St James, Longborough , Gloucestershire

(51°57′55″N, 1°44′27″W)
SP 179 297
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Gloucestershire
now Gloucestershire
medieval Worcester
now Gloucester
medieval St James
now St James
  • John Wand
22 August 2017

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Longborough lies two and a half miles N of Stow-on-the-Wold. The church, which is built of coursed and squared limestone with a stone slate roof, consists of a 12thc chancel with vestry on the N, a nave with S transept, a 19thc N chapel, and a W tower. There was a general restoration of the church in 1884. The N and S nave doorways and the reset chancel arch date from the 12thc.


The Domesday Survey records that in 1066 there were five manors in 'Langeberge' held by Tovi, Alstan, Balecmann, Eadric and Alric. By 1086 this had been consolidated to two manors, one of two hides held by the Count of Mortain and the other of four hides held by Humphrey the Chamberlain. The manors subsequently passed to the Mortimer family and by 1256 they were held by Richard, Earl of Cornwall.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration

Corbel tables, corbels

Interior Features



F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications, London 1899, III, 189.

Historic England Building listing 1089762.

Anon, St James's Longborough, Private Press n.d.

M. Salter, The Old Parish Churches of Gloucestershire, Malvern 2008, 94-5.

The Buildings of England, Gloucestershire I: the Cotswolds (3rd edition), London 1999, 457-8.

A. Williams and G.H. Martin (ed.), Domesday Book. A Complete Translation, London 2003, 459, 470.