Friends of St. James

Little Clacton


Registered Charity No. 1074454



Friends of St.James

          Little Clacton


             Registered Charity No. 1074454


             The Friends are a group of people dedicated to helping this beautiful Church retain its tradition and provide a quiet place where we

             can stop and spend a few moments with our thoughts in this fast moving world we live in today.


             You do not have to belong to any Church or denomination, or live locally to become a member of the Friends


The Friends and their objectives


The Friends of St. James is a registered charity with the object of raising funds to enable this important historic building of early

Norman & Mediaeval architecture to remain for future generations.


Funds raised by membership, donations and legacies will be held under the Charity Commission rules and used to restore, maintain and preserve the

fabric of this Grade2* listed Church, on works that cannot be financed from the normal income of the Parochial Church Council.


The Friends through social activities and events provide an opportunity to make and renew friendships and encourage

a wider interest in preserving this special building located in the heart of our village.


Come & join us

we need and would appreciate your help, support & interest.

St. James History



The Chancel was built soon after 1100AD and the Nave was extended and the porch erected in the 14th century. 

Over the door in the North wall hangs a fine example of the Royal Coat of Arms dated 1726. The Font, circ. 1190 is from a solid block of Purbeck marble

from the hills near Corfe Castle.


In the timber clad bell tower hang three bells ranging from 1437 to 1748. The oldest by Robert Crouch is thought to be one of only thirteen bells left

and the only one in Essex.


Many of the windows date from the 14th century. The memorial in the East window was put in in 1945.


On the South wall is a rare double piscina circ. 1300 where blessed wine and water was returned to the consecrated earth.

Also on display is a 12th century tomb lid


A passage in the North wall leads to the Parish Room built in 1993


Work already completed, aided by the Friends, was the stripping & restoring of the South, North & West walls.


The next major project is the refurbishment of the Church interior.



Details on how you can join & become a Friend are provided on the next page..

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