Discover Saint James in the British Isles

As part of its Aims and objectives, the Confraternity of Saint James undertakes and promotes research into the history of the pilgrimage, and the cult of St James in Britain, and also takes an active part in identifying and safeguarding monuments and works of art connected with St James and the pilgrimage.

We have a great deal of information about churches of Saint James in the British Isles and about ports, routes and other pilgrimage/Saint James-related items. We are at present updating and augmenting our records and beginning to upload this to the website so that local CSJ groups or anyone interested in pilgrimage can use it to assist their own visits or local research.

We are also trying to gather good quality digital images for a Flickr group –  referred to here as SJITBI Flickr group –  set up specifically to collect Saint James-related pictures from the British Isles.  Please don’t send digital images direct to us – due to copyright rules, we cannot upload your images onto Flickr, all you need to do is set up a Flickr account and apply to join the group. Please note some churches and other buildings may require you to obtain permission before taking photographs, or may restrict use of flash/tripods etc.  See here for some general guidance about UK law in relation to photographing buildings and related artwork.

If you are interested in helping with the updating and gathering of information in your local area, or wish to join and/or contribute to the SJITBI Flickr group, or discover any broken links or errors, please contact Ruth Abrahams at the following email address: sjitbi.research* (replace the * with @) to find out what is needed.

A Google Fusion Table map is embedded below.  Please note that this map is still under construction and only shows sites in the counties added to this page thus far, or sites in counties in the process of being added.  Click and hold on the map to move it around, and zoom in and click on a dot marker to get more information. The markers have been placed as accurately as possible, but please report any serious errors on the email address above, and please always check locations before travelling to visit any churches etc.  The Church of England website is very useful for maps and contact details should you want to check location and whether a church will be open.

The map key is as follows:

  • Red dots are churches with pre-Reformation dedications to Saint James
  • Pink dots are churches with post-Reformation dedications to Saint James
  • Yellow dots are churches with other dedications but art or monuments connected to Saint James
  • Green dots are places of interest, which may be churches reported to have a Saint James connection or depiction which has not yet been verified, or places with historic fairs of Saint James or other pilgrimage connections
  • Blue dots are pilgrim ports

Detailed information by country and county here (this is currently under construction, the next area to be uploaded will be London):