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,
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
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
In 1822 the Rev.
William Hedges resided at Ravenfield Hall. The population of Ravenfield was
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
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.