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St. James church, Churchend
Grid reference: ST722920
Location: 51°37’37"N, 2°24’9"W
Population: 2,538  (2011)
Post town: Wotton-Under-Edge
Postcode: GL12
Local Government
Council: South Gloucestershire
Thornbury and Yate

Charfield is a village in Gloucestershire, sitting to the south-west of Wotton-under-Edge near the Little Avon River and the villages of Falfield and Cromhall, in the south of the county.

Just to the south is a hamlet, Churchend, which used to be the church hamlet, though its church, St James, is now closed.


Within Charfield stands the parish church, St John.

The old parish church is at Churchend, on a steep hillside overlooking a valley, is St James' Church, which today is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[1] It is a Grade I listed building.[2]

The church originates from the 13th century. It was largely rebuilt in the 15th century, using money from the local wool trade. During the 18th century the industry moved into the valley, isolating the church. It was repaired during the 1970s.


This is a medium-sized village of about 2,500 residents with three pubs, the Pear Tree, Railway Tavern and The Plough Inn, a convenience store with Post Office and the church.

There are six main housing areas. Farm Lees, Longs View, Manor Lane and Woodlands have existed for some time. Two new housing developments were built in 2018-2019: St James Mews, opposite St James Church, and Charfield Village, at the eastern end of the village near the Renishaw PLC site. The primary school has around 250 students.


The Bristol to Birmingham main railway line runs through the village. Charfield railway station closed in January 1965 but still stands, and discussions continue about the viability of re-opening it.

On 13 October 1928 the village was the scene of a fatal train crash, known as the Charfield railway disaster. The Leeds to Bristol London, Midland and Scottish Railway night mail train crashed under a road bridge near Charfield Station, killing 15 and injuring 23. Amongst the dead were two children whose remains could not be identified.

Sport and leisure

Charfield Memorial Hall and Playing Field is in the centre of Charfield. The Hall has recently been refurbished and the play area upgraded with new equipment.[3]

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Charfield)


  1. St James' Church, Charfield, Gloucestershire: Churches Conservation Trust]
  2. National Heritage List 1321189: Church of St James, Charfield
  3. Charfield Community