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St James Church, north portico

The north portico classical facade of the St James Church. Picture:, Wikipedia

St James Church


St James Church began as a courthouse in the early 1800's. It was consecrated in 1824 and became the second church for the colony of New South Wales. The original church was designed by Francis Greenway and was added too by John Vurge who built the vestries in 1832. Both Greenway and the builders were originally convicts transported to NSW.


Further refurbishment was undertaken between 1892 and 1901 more recently new works were carried out in 1988.

It is said the church, which is situated at 173 King Street (and bordered by Macquarie and Phillip Streets and opposite the Hyde Park Barracks), is Sydney's oldest surviving church building after St Phillip's church was destroyed by fire.

The church served the first bishop of Australia for seven years until St Andrews Cathedral was finally built.

This church, like the few remaining churches dotted about the city centre, is juxtaposed against the modern multi-story skyscrapers and provides a quiet place of solitude for the weary traveller.

The church is not far from the St James underground railway station.

To find out more on the history of the church, including it's organ, bells and archives or to attend a church service, click here


St James Anglican Church, Sydney
St James Church, north portico

The interior of the church looking towards the chancel. Picture: Sardaka, Wikipedia

St James Church, north portico

A stained glass feature in the church's Chapel of the Holy Spirit. Picture: Sardaka, Wikipedia

St James Church, north portico

The eastern front of St James Church. Picture: Sardaka, Wikipedia