Cameley, St James Church (c) Dave Kelly
Cameley, St James Church

St James Church in the Somerset village of Cameley is a delightful country church in the Mendip Hills. The bulk of the church is built of blue lias stone, with the exception of the lovely west tower, which is built of local red sandstone.

St James dates to the 12th century, with major 18th-century renovations giving the interior an interesting combination of medieval and Georgian style. There is a very nice early 17th-century painting of the Ten Commandments over the chancel arch.

The pews are a mix of medieval and Georgian work, and the Georgian theme is carried on in the west gallery and the row of hat pegs along the nave walls. The pulpit dates to the early Jacobean period. As a whole St James church is a lovely mix of features from several periods.

The church is no longer in regular use and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust