HISTORY OF ST JAMES CHURCH
Clanfield was at one time a typical old English village; it is said one of the most picturesque in Hampshire. It was one of the 5 manors of Earl Godwin, and after the conquest was given to Roger Montgomery who led the vanguard at the Battle of Hastings.
The old church must have been built in the 14th century. A
watercolour hangs on the north wall painted by the Revd Westall, presumably from
old prints or drawings. A list of Rectors also hangs on the north wall and it
can be seen that the first was one John de Clanfield in 1305. This is probably
the date of the original church. In 1767 the Parsonage House was burnt to the
St James remains a listed building.
Major structural repairs were made to the roof timbers in 1993/94 but St. James is a typical Victorian church built from local flint and stone from Purbeck. Gone is the early 14th century church serving a small farming community, replaced by a Church of many characteristics serving growing community in the 21st century.
(Text taken from "Welcome to St Jame's Church, by the Revd.Gill Hill, Rector)