THE church of St James the Great, Lower Gornal, is celebrating its bicentennial anniversary with an exhibition running until this weekend.

The exhibition, marking 200 years of worship at the grade II listed church, is running until Saturday July 29.

Churchwarden Pat Hyde said: “The exhibition will feature photographs from the church’s history, some more than 100-years-old, as well as models dressed in vestments given in memory of loved ones, many interesting historical documents and artefacts and a beautiful matchstick model of the church.

Dudley News: Matchstick model of the church of St James's the GreatMatchstick model of the church of St James's the Great (Image: Diocese of Worcester)

“Visitors might spot themselves in a photograph of the Sunday School Festival or as a Brownie, Cub or Scout.

“We will also be able to show people the tombs of both the Rev Theodosius Theodosius and our second priest the Rev James Yates Rooker, which date back to 1887.”

The exhibition is open on:

Wednesday July 26 5.30pm to 7pm

Thursday July 27 11am to 1pm

Friday July 28 2pm to 4pm

Saturday July 29 2pm to 4pm

For more details visit or the St James Facebook page – St James the Great.