St James the Great


St James the Great has resumed worship with public services at 10.30 Sunday and 10am Wednesday.

There will be no physical sharing of the peace, and Communion will be given standing, in one kind, dropped into the hands.

More information may appear in our Newsletter and on Facebook.

St James the Great is a magnificent Victorian brick church with stone accents and spire that can be seen prominently in the Barrow-in-Furness skyline.

The church sits at the corner of Blake Street and Hartington Street at the high point in Hindpool district of Barrow-in-Furness (nearest postcode LA14 5UE).

Details of our regular services and activities are listed below. There is often something of interest and value happening at the church, and of course a very warm welcome.

St James viewed from SE

Regular Services

Please note there are reduced/restricted services
(see news/notice above regarding Covid-19)

Sunday8amHoly CommunionFirst Sunday of each month.
Sunday10.30amFamily EucharistFirst Sunday of each month.
Sunday10.30amHoly Communion2nd to 4th Sunday of each month.
5th Sunday joint service (at St Francis or St James) so please check calendar to confirm venue.
Sunday6.30pmEvensongChoral Evensong on 1st Sunday of month
BCP* Evensong on other Sundays.
Wednesday10amHoly Communion

*BCP = Book of Common Prayer

Regular Activities

GroupMeeting DayTime
Mothers UnionFirst Wednesday of Month2pm to 4pm
Craft GroupThursday (not in holidays)1.30 to 3.30pm
Choir PracticeThursday6.30 to 7.30pm
Bellringing PracticeWednesday7.30 – 9pm
Service RingingSunday10am to 10.30am
Please feel free to drop in and join any of the above sessions.


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Room Hire, and Venue Hire

The meeting room in the annexe of the church can be hired for family and community group activities/events, complete with use of kitchen.

The church, with its excellent accoustics is also available for hire for concerts (e.g. choral, instrumental, organ recitals etc.)

Rates are reasonable and can be checked with churchwardens (see St James’ contacts), and availability should be apparent from the shared calendar on the welcome page, but will be confirmed on making any booking.

Special Events, Occasions and Services

This will include events such as weddings, blessings, baptisms and carol services, craft fairs, musical performances (organ recitals, visiting performers such as the Barrow Male Voice Choir), bellringing events and performances, and many others.

Details of special events and services will be published in the shared calendar on the welcome page.

St James C of E Junior School

The church has good links with the adjacent St James C of E Junior School, and more cinformation about the school is available on their website.

The Church Building

The lifeblood of the church has, and always will be the people in Christian worship, prayer and witness, however the building can play an inspirational part, a place to come together, and a connection to worship over the generations (past and future).

The church building was designed by Paley and Austin it was opened on Whit Sunday 1869, and has provided a spacious and friendly place for the community in Hindpool and surrounds to come and worship for many generations.

The church inspired Alfred Wainwright to sketch it!

Elevated viewpoint of St James from SW

The church contains a notable organ dating from 1837 that began life in the Chapel Royal at St James’ palace in London and was played at Queen Victoria’s wedding.

The tower has a ring of 8 bells cast in 1877 (the heaviest is 621kg) and were restored in 2014.

History of the Church

The history of the church began with the influx of workers to the industrial boom town in the middle of the 19th century, requiring new housing and a church on a grand Victorian scale to provide for their spiritual needs and observance.