Anglican: St James.

St James Church is situated at the crossroads in the centre of the village. It was built in 1873/75, by J W Hugall of Oxford, to replace a medieval church which was near Welland Court about a mile to the east. There was also an Anglican mission church (now a private house) to the west in Upper Welland. St James was re-ordered in the early 21st century to allow for more community use. It is open daily during the summer and weekly in the winter, see A Church Near You for details (Ref March 2015).


         St James Church.  Exterior c1906.                                              Interior 2006.

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                                                               St James’ Church,  September 2013.

For more pictures from 2013:  Please Click Here.                                                     (www.flickr.com/tudorbarlow)

References and some further sources:
Aiken, 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 III (1854)
Ransome, Mary. The State of the Bishopric of Worcester, 1782-1808  (1968)
Transactions of Worcestershire Archaeological Society, New Series Vol XII (1935)
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, The Hive Worcester, Parish Papers:

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

Websites:    British History Online:   Entry for Welland.
                     Grade II Listed Building:  Listing Details Here.
                     Historic England listing: Please Click Here.
                     Church Plans Online: Follow search links to Welland for original ground plan of 1872.
                     Family History Website.
                     A Church Near You.

Upper Welland Methodist Church.

Built in 1886 by Thomas Chadney and Son. Still an active church in 2015.

upp welland methodist apr 2015

   Upper Welland Methodist Church, April 2015.

For more pictures from 2015:  Please Click Here.                                (www.flickr.com/tudorbarlow)

Brooks, Alan and Nikolaus Pevsner. Buildings of England:  Worcestershire,  2007.

Details of this book on the Bibliography and Sources page. 

Websites:          Church Website.  (Lansdown Crescent Methodist church)

                           For family history website and History Online please see St James, above.

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