Bourton on the Water
with St James', Clapton on the Hill
part of the Benefice of Bourton on the Water with Clapton & the Rissingtons
The church of St James’ Clapton on the Hill is situated 3 miles south of Bourton on the Water overlooking the Windrush valley. The village has a population of about 100 and the church is the only public building. The church dates from the 11th century and is technically a chapelry of St Lawrence’s. It is one of the smallest churches in Gloucestershire and seats only 45 people comfortably.
The church is well known for its 13th century inscription carved onto the northern part of the Chancel arch. In the 17th century there was a move to pull down the church but the local parishioners appealed to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Although no record of the reply is known, the church is still flourishing.
Two services are held regularly each month; Morning Worship and BCP Communion both at 9.30am. In addition Clapton usually holds a Benefice service in July or August which often attracts 100 plus people and is held in a local barn with lunch being served afterwards.