St James the Great, Haydock

Our Sunday service times are:

8.00am Eucharist
(on the first Sunday of the month
we use the form of service from
Book of Common Prayer)

10.00am Sung Eucharist

11.45am Eucharist

6.00pm Evensong
(with Benediction on the first Sunday of the month)

For further information about services and forthcoming events, please click on the links at the top of this column.

More background information is offered via the links on the left hand side of this page.

The original church, now the
Lady Chapel, as it is today

We'd like to welcome you to our beautiful church, to join with us in worship and in our various social activities. 

If you wish to make arrangements for a baptism or you plan to get married here, please contact the Vicar, by telephone or by email.

Arrangements for Funerals are usually dealt with by the funeral director and he or she will contact the parish clergy on your behalf.   People who live in the parish or whose  name appears on the Electoral Roll have the right to be buried in the churchyard. 

Historical notes

The original church of St James the Great, Haydock, was consecrated on 11th December 1866. Since its consecration the worship ‘style’ of St James’ has always been within the Catholic (High Church) tradition of the Church of England.

By 1888 the rising population in Haydock meant that the church had become too small to meet the needs of the parish. The following year, plans were approved for an extension to St James', and the foundation stone was laid on 5th October 1889.

The new church was opened on St James' Day, 25th July 1891, and was consecrated in June 1892.

The original building was retained and became the Lady Chapel of the new church.

Over the years there have been internal and structural alterations, most particularly during the years 1929-30 when, due to serious structural defects the chancel, sanctuary and west wall had to be rebuilt. Also at this time the local ‘landmark’ spire had to be removed. More recent alterations have included the re-ordering of the chancel and the provision of a new St Alban's Chapel, which took place between 1988 and 1990, giving us the beautiful and spacious church we see today.

A printed copy of our Parish History can be obtained from the Vicar – (see ‘Contact us’ page), or you can access it via the website by clicking  here. .