West Littleton Village

About our Village

West Littleton is a small village to the north west of Marshfield and south east of Tormarton, located between the M4 and the A420. It has 25 houses, a working farm, an eventing yard and St James’s Church. The closest amenities are to be found in Marshfield and the historical city of Bath is a short distance to the south. Dyrham Park, a National Trust property, is located a few hundred metres from the village. (CLICK to view the map for West Littleton)

The village has long been connected with the Badminton Estate, which until recently owned two working farms here, both arable, one with a beef herd and the other with a milking herd. West Farm, now the only working farm, remains in the Duke of Beaufort’s ownership and is a mixed arable and sheep farm, whilst some of the other farmland around the village still belongs to the Badminton Estate and is leased.

West Littleton is a beautiful village with many buildings having stone tiled roofs and walls built of Cotswold stone. Dry stone walling in Cotswold stone abounds, defining field and private home boundaries alike.

The village is sited within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in 1992 was designated a Conservation area. Many of the older properties are Grade II listed buildings.

West Littleton’s history is well documented. In 2022, West Littleton was included in Volume 14 of Gloucestershire Victoria County History and a stand-alone booklet has been published. You can read the County History about West Littleton HERE!

More recently, West Littleton resident Sally Young has compiled a new and bigger booklet, inspired by the VCH work, about the village history, church and the families that lived in the village. You can read this publication HERE! 


St James's Church

The Church of St James is small in scale and originated in the 13th century. It was rebuilt in 1855 after being largely destroyed by fire. The 13th century bell is one of the most historic and finest in the region today.
The church is accessed from the village green and is surrounded on all sides by a peaceful churchyard. In 2014, a considerable area of the churchyard was given over to wild flowers, grasses and meadow flowers as well as Spring and Autumn bulbs.
The church has a collection of 18th and 19th century memorials and tombs which were the subject of a considerable programme of conservation work in 2010.
A list of church services held at St James’s Church can be found below:

April — June 2024
Sunday 14 April - 1030am
Matins (BCP)
Aurea Hart
Sunday 28 April - 9am
Holy Communion (BCP)
Rev Canon Sally Wheeler
Sunday 12 May - 1030am
(BCP) Rev Sharon Roberts
Sunday 26 May - 9am
Holy Communion (BCP)
Rev Canon Sally Wheeler

Sunday 9 June - 6pm
(BCP) Rev Canon Sally Wheeler
Sunday 23 June - 9am
Holy Communion (BCP)
Rev Canon Sally Wheeler
Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th June Village Gardens Open 2pm - 5.30 pm

West Littleton Churchyard Wild Flowers Project




It was agreed during 2014 that a significant area of the churchyard should be given over to wild flowers, focusing on the areas to the west of the church, along the northern boundary under the trees and under the trees at the entrance to the churchyard. The areas immediately around the graves would be mown with mown paths linking them.

Apart from the obvious benefits to wildlife and diversity, we felt that there would be important benefits to both the local community and to the many walkers and visitors who come to West Littleton. There is a well used public footpath through the churchyard which features in a number of walking guidebooks.  The church is an important attraction with its 13th century bellcote and fine collection of listed chest tombs.  There is already much of interest with our church trail, well documented history and comprehensive website but the churchyard itself is perhaps less interesting.  The churchyard will ultimately be greatly enhanced by the development of an attractive collection of wild flowers and bulbs together with the wildlife which they attract. The wild flower project will be an important added attraction, not only for those who live here but also for the people who come to visit the village to walk, learn about their heritage or just spend some time of quiet reflection in the beautiful setting.


We have planted wild daffodils, cyclamen, snowdrops and anemones, bluebells, fritillaries, cowslips and a sowing of meadow flowers and grasses in the autumn of 2014. This planting includes:-

We have since planted Foxglove, Red Campion, Ox eye daisy, Lesser Knapweed, Field Scabious, Corn Cockle and Cornflower and a wide variety of other wild flower seeds.


The cost of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project has been met by a generous grant from the Tormarton Parish Council, and a number of private donors.

This third phase of planting in the north eastern corner of the churchyard was made possible by a generous and much appreciated grant from the South Gloucestershire Council Biodiversity Action Group.


West Littleton Events


We have a close and thriving community within the village and enjoy getting together at a variety of village events to raise funds for charity and the upkeep of St James’s Church.

Madrigal Concert

Since 1985 (apart from two years during the Covid pandemic), we welcome the University of Bristol Madrigal Ensemble for an evening concert in St James’s Church followed by a supper. The evening is hugely successful, normally attracting an audience of around 80. In 2024, the Madrigal Concert will take place on Friday 15th March 2024.

Open Gardens

West Littleton was one of the first villages in the UK to launch the ‘open garden’ concept over 30 years ago. West Littleton’s gardens range from traditional country cottages and woodland gardens through to formal landscapes and sweeping lawns. Rose gardens, herbaceous borders, orchards, productive vegetable and fruit gardens and wildflower areas – something for all. In 2024, West Littleton Open Gardens will be held from 2pm – 5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th June. 

Annual Harvest Festival

Our annual Harvest Festival church service took place on Sunday, 24 September 2023, followed by a village lunch.

Carol Service

A carol service and Christingle takes place each year, followed by mulled wine and mince pies for all those who attend the service. This year, it is planned for Friday, 22 December at 5pm.


Village Walks

There are many walking routes to and from and through West Littleton.  The Cotswold Way is currently re-routed on the outskirts of the village towards the A46, with many walkers exploring the village.

The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens offer guided walks across the Cotswolds National Landscape and West Littleton routes are often included in their walks. These walks offer an interesting and often entertaining way of exploring our wonderful Cotswold countryside and landscape

Other useful guides include:

Guide to West Littleton Village and Church


Village trail


Church trail




Village Contacts


St James’s Church Churchwardens:

Mr David Adams: 01225 891100 dandcadams@stjamesgrange.com

Mrs Beccy Derry-Evans: 07802 416969 rebecca.derry.evans@tormarton-pc.gov.uk 

Parish Councillors:

Mrs Katy Pool: 01225 892447 katy.pool@tormarton-pc.gov.org

Mrs Beccy Derry-Evans: 07802 416969 rebecca.derry.evans@tormarton-pc.gov.uk

Local Community Police:

Bianca Rotariu – PCSO9061 Email: 9061@avonandsomerset.police.uk

Emma Sheppard – PCSO 7315 Email: 7315@avonandsomerse.police.uk

Avon and Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset police are keen to ensure that everyone in our community is able to access information about their local neighbourhood policing team and local officers' activities. The beat page includes names and photos of the local officers, contact details, local priorities, meeting dates and appeals for information.