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St. James Church

In the Diocese of Sheffield, the Archdeaconry of Sheffield, and the Deanary of Rotherham
Ravenfield is now a separate parish from Bramley.
The Benefice is Ravenfield, Braithwell and Hooton Roberts.
The Rector is Rev Martin Greenland,
The Rectory, Micklebring Lane, Braithwell.
Tel. 01709 812665.

Ravenfield St James
16 Popular Grove Ravenfield Rotherham S65 4LJ
Rotherham (01709) 701 068
Mrs Katrine Greenwood Churchwarden
Mr Gordon Hett Gift Aid Secretary/Organist
Mr Ray Johnson PCC Secretary/Mailing Address
Mr Geoffrey Outram PCC Treasurer
Mrs Sandra Pearson DSR
Mrs Dora Walsh Churchwarden/Reader Emeritus/DSR

The year 2006 is the 250th Anniversary of the present building and we are planning various celebrations. Gordon Hett

St James Church Ravenfield photo courtesy Sheila Khan


The Church was a perpetual curacy, dedicated to St. James. It was formerly a Chapel to Mexborough, The present Church being built on the site of its predecessor mid Seventeen Hundred. St. James has 6 Bells, at 9 cwt which are now unringable. The Church is quite small and is of a simple design with a square belfry. The window at the centre of the Alter being the only one stained, as can be seen from the photo it is beautifully maintained inside.

On the 3rd Aug, 1679 an assignment counterpart from Samuel Savile gentleman of Mexbrough, to George Westby gentleman of Ravenfield, . The church or chapel of Ravenfield with the mansion house of the chapel and gardens etc. and all the glebe lands, and tithes of corn, hay, wool and lambs, oblations and mortuaries, held by Savile by a lease from Edmund Diggle, Archdeacon of York dated 17 Apr, 1679, during the lives of Samuel Savile and his sons William and Samuel. Westby undertakes to find and hire one sufficient curate or minister to say divine service and celebrate the sacraments in the said church.
In 1756 Elizabeth Parkin hired John Carr to rebuild St. James Church, a monument of Elizabeth was placed inside the Church
In 1818 Reverand T.B. Bosville the owner of Ravenfield Park was the local clergyman.
In 1822 the Rev. William Hedges resided at Ravenfield Hall. The population of Ravenfield was 187 people..
A Rev. John Dewey was the Vicar at Ravenfield in the early part of the 19th century
In the year 1881 Charles John Jardine who was born in Scotland in the year 1841 was the Vicar of Ravenfield. Having just moved into the position Charles had moved around quite a lot prior to taking up the post at Ravenfield. In 1873 after his marriage he was living at Bathos Hill Middlesex, moving to Marsham Norfolk the following Year. The year 1875 found him at Cranbrook Kent, from there he moved to  Edlington Yorkshire by the year 1879. The family took up residence in Ravenfield between 1879 and 1881. Living in the Vicarage House with him was his wife Martha [ Ratcliff ? ] Jardine who was born in Hull in the year 1850, also in the Vicarage were their children, son Edward William Ratcliff Jardine age 8 born at Bathos Hill, Middlesex, daughter Margaret Doreas May Jardine age 7 born at Marsham, Norfolk, son Eric Hamilton Jardine 6 born at Cranbrook Kent, son Percy H. John Jardine age 2 born at Edlington, Yorkshire, daughter Junriel Lucy Jardine age 3 months born at Ravenfield. On the day of the census there was a visitor who was Evelyn Amy Lea age 18 from Liverpool, Lancashire. The household had three servants who were Frederick William Wilson age15 born at Ravenfield, who was the Domestic Groom, Esther Anne Ormsby age12 born at Wickersley, who was the Housemaid, and Jane Maria Baker age 17 born at Ashley, Cambridge, who was the Cook.
In 1891 The Vicar of Ravenfield was George A Wright age 77 born in Yorks His wife Mary A Wright was age 54 born in York. Also their daughter Alice M A Wright age16 born in York
The servants were Jane A Cooper age 20 born in Ulley Yorks who was the Cook and Domestic servant
Alice A Adams age21born in Sheffield who was Housemaid and Domestic servant
John Yeardon age15 born in Durham and he was the Domestic servant in brass and goods

The Rev Ernest Eccles,was the priest in charge of Ravenfield from 1962 to 1975.

The Revd D. S. Walker until 2004

Gordon Hett writes
I have just come across your website and much enjoyed working through it. It has resonances with some of my experiences and memories, which I may go into on another visit. On this occasion, could I just concentrate on one aspect, St. James Church. ( I am the present organist and have been involved with the organ, choir and other aspects of the music for the past forty years) In the early years I helped Mrs Thornton. In reply to your enquirer, this was Gertrude Thornton, the mother of Jesse etc.



St. James Church

St James Church photo courtesy and copyright Mick Carver





















Roy Nixon writes :-
I remember the church of St. James at Ravenfield very well. I was confirmed in the church in the days of the Rev. Whittaker I still have the hymn & prayer book given to me by the vicar at my confirmation in 1942!! Along with friends, we sang in the choir and were paid 1 shilling (5p) a year. We were also expected to take it in turns to pump the bellows of the organ for the organist Mrs.Thornton, who cycled from her bungalow in Hollings Lane (opposite the entrance to Rearsby Avenue) every Sunday, come rain or shine, to the church The church was in the grounds of the Ravenfield Hall and we gained access by parking our bicycles at the foot of the village and then walking across a field and up to the church - cars were a rarity in those days, unless you were one of the few wealthy farmers!!

Many thanks to Sheila Khan, Roy Nixon, Mick Carver, and Gordon Hett  for their contributions to this page

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