Throughout 2017 St James Church will be celebrating 150 years of ministry in the parish of Denton Holme. We have events planned throughout the year and details of these can be seen by visiting the Events page.
St James church was consecrated on Thursday, 25th July 1867 by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese. 25th July being the festival of St James hence its selection as an appropriate date for the official consecration.
The first Vicar of the parish was a Rev D A Doudney. Rev Doudney was appointed in 1863, some two years before the foundation stone was laid in 1865 and it was to be another two years before the church was built and consecrated. It could be safely assumed that Rev Doudney would have had an interesting job in his first few years, being a Vicar without a church or house in a new ecclesiastical district. He likened his position to being like “an officer without a regiment, a captain without a ship or a teacher without a school”.
Rev Doudney was subsequently succeeded by the following (in order): Rev Thos Goss, Rev Herbert Farrer, Rev Charles Askwith, Rev D E Davies, Rev F W Hopkins, Rev H Gough, Rev George Duncan, Rev Herbert Cragg, Rev Peter Street, Rev Peter Downham, Rev James Rushton and Rev John Libby.
St James has had a Priest-in-charge, Rev Simon Bickersteth, since September 2016.