St. James is situated amongst the fields high on a hill above the village of Stanford Bishop, and it doesn’t matter which way you look from the circular churchyard the views are spectacular.In common with a great many churchyards, there are many yew trees of considerable age and one in particular is estimated to have been in existence well over a thousand years ago, so it probably was around at the time of the Viking invasions.
Within the church in the chancel sits St. Augustine’s Chair, which is said to have been used by St. Augustine 1400 years ago. On it is a brass plaque with the inscription”The traditional chair upon which St. Augustine was seated at the historic conference with the British Bishops at the Second Synod AD 603″

 

Stanford Bishop - Herefordshire - St. James - exterior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stanford Bishop - Herefordshire - St. James - interior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Font

The font in St. James is 13th century

 

 

Stanford Bishop - Herefordshire - St. James - font

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorials

Anna Freeman

 

wife of Francis, died 12th December 1802 aged 32, and also Sarah their daughter – 2nd May 1815 aged 14

 

Stanford Bishop - Herefordshire - St. James - memorial plaque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Francis Freeman

 

died 2nd September 1815 aged 57

 

 

Stanford Bishop - Herefordshire - St. James - memorial plaque 2