Anglican: St James

A church with Norman origins and a medieval nave. There is work from later periods and there was a general restoration in the mid 19th century. Over the south door a 12th century head is thought to have connections to the cathedrals at Chartres in France and at Rochester.
           Defford Ext Aug 2007        

Defford Lychgate c1915.                                                    St James’ Church, August 2007.

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References and some further sources:
Aitken, John. Census of Religious Worship, 1851: The Returns for Worcestershire.
Bridges, Tim. Churches of Worcestershire (2005)
Brooks, Alan, and Nikolaus Pevsner. Buildings of England: Worcestershire  (2007)
Morgan, Paul. Inspections of churches and parsonage houses in the Diocese of Worcester in 1674, 1676, 1684, and 1687 (1986)
Noake, John. The Rambler in Worcestershire or, Stray Notes on Churches and Congregations. Volume II (1851) p.117
Ransome, Mary. The State of the Bishopric of Worcester, 1782-1808  (1968)
Stanton, George K.. Rambles and researches among Worcestershire churches: with historical notes relating to the several parishes  Volume II (1886)

n.b. Full details of these books are on bibliography page.

Websites:        British History Online:  Entry for Pershore St Andrew includes Defford. 
                         Grade II* Listed Building:  Listing Details Here.
                         Historic England listing: Please click here
                         A Church Near You.
                         Family History Website.

For other local churches please see under Besford,  Birlingham,  Eckington, Pershore Deanery.

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