Sent to set hearts on fire to live and love as Christ did. Since 1831.

Spanning generations, from many nations. Since 1831.

Loving our community. Since 1831.

About Us

About the Parish

The Ecclesiastical Parish of St James with St Barnabas, Enfield—as we are officially called—comprises the localities of Enfield Highway and Brimsdown, plus portions of Southbury and Ponders End to the south and west and Enfield Wash to the north, in EN3.

Brimsdown is the older of the two localities, recorded as early as 1420 (as Grymesdown, getting the present spelling—with a B—by the late eighteenth century).

To the west of Brimsdown is what is now called Enfield Highway, named in the eighteenth century for a settlement in Enfield from the ‘kings highe way leading to London’, i.e. what is now the Hertford Road (A1010).  Earlier there had been a hamlet by the name of Cocksmiths End, recorded in 1572.

The population of the Parish of St James stands at 26,900, making it the most populous parish in Enfield, and one of the largest one-church parishes in the Church of England. The population of the parish continues to grow.

It was the first parish carved out of the ancient parish of Enfield due to the expansion of the population.

About the Building

St James’s Church was built as a chapel of ease in 1831 to the designs of William Lochner on ground south of Green Street given by Woodham Connop (Lord of Durants and Suffolks Manors).

The church is a plain-aisled building of stock brick, in Commissioners’ Gothic, with a western tower and battlemented exterior. A chancel in the Early English style was added in 1864. There were galleries round three sides of the nave by the end of the century.

The north and south galleries had been removed by 1967, when a fire seriously damaged the east end of the church. It was restored in 1969 by J Barrington-Baker & Partners.  At the rebuilding the chancel arch was removed and a new sanctuary was built in continuation of the nave.  The inside of St James’s Church is light, open and modern.

Links to other organisations

St James School logo

St James’s has close links with St James’s Primary School on Frederick Crescent, about 100 metres from the church.  Founded in 1834 as the National School, it is the oldest school within the parish, as well as in Eastern Enfield.

There are also growing links with Bishop Stopford’s School, a Church of England Secondary School, also within the parish.  One of the best achieving schools in Enfield Borough, it’s also known for the exemplary behaviour of its students and the growing renown of its Gospel Choir!

Mothers' Union logo

At St James’s there is an active chapter of the Mothers’ Union, whose mission is Christian care for families.  They are active in leading worship, in service and in support.

Royal British Legion badge

Several times a year the East Enfield Branch of the Royal British Legion are present at St James’s, their Parish Church, to commemorate Remembrance Day, Armed Forces Sunday, and in 2014, the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, and most recently the 70th anniversary of V–J Day and the end of the Second World War.

Archive of Church Records

  • Baptisms (christenings): 1834 to October 1951
  • Marriages: 1845 to March 1955
  • Burials:  May 1834 to May 1957

as well as

  • Baptisms at the Royal Small Arms Factory Chapel: October 1886 to 1986
  • Baptisms at St George’s Mission Church:  September 1886 to September 1900

are all kept at the London Metropolitan Archives Library:

40 Northampton Road
020 7332 3820

For subsequent records please contact Carole Harvey, the Parish Administrator, on 020 8804 3823 or by email.

Find Us

St James’s Parish Church is on the Hertford Road (A1010), about 12 mins from Southbury Overground station (right out of the station and left onto Hertford Rd) and Brimsdown rail station (left out of the station and left at the bottom of Green Street). London buses 121, 279 and 307 all stop across from the church.

Pop in for coffee

The church is open every Saturday between 10am and 12pm, so please feel free to come in for a cuppa and a chat or just to find some space in our busy world. One of our clergy is about for any enquiries or whatever is on your mind. Our tea and coffee are Fairly Traded.


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