Magazine Archives

Very old magazines

All the old magazines have been scanned and added to a Magazine Archive in the St James's archives and can be dowloaded here. N/A means that a magazine is not available, perhaps not printed. The quality of the scans vary and correspond to the quality of each original magazine. See the links on the left. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read them which you can download free from Adobe

1884 -1899 | 1900 - 1919 | 1920 - 1939 | 1940 - 1959 | 1960 - 1979 | 1980 - 1999 | 2000 - 2019 | 2020 - 2039

From November 1884 until January 1933 the magazines are preserved, without their covers, bound together as hard-backed books, one or two years in a book. Consequently, there is no record of the covers of these particular magazines, which also means not many records of services and staff at this time as they were mostly printed on the covers. From January 1933 the magazines are preserved separately with their covers, all the same and showing the church staff and services. There are no records of magazines from 1937, 1938 or 1939 and only a few magazines are available from the 1940s.

Cartoon of old magazinesThe parish magazine was named The Spire in 1952 and on the online archive only the first magazine of each year is shown complete with its cover and information page to save digital space and download time. The covers were redesigned every so often until April 2006 when the Spire began to be produced 'in house'. After that time there were different covers with the first issue available from each year being complete. From October 2008 each Spire had its own individual cover and from then each magazine is available complete with its cover, the services and details of staff and contacts

Downloading tips

Most magazines will appear full width on your screen. If they do not then go to the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the magazine and click the arrow at the side of the percentage box. A drop down menu will appear. Scroll down and choose the width you require. Alternately, just zoom in to your choice of text size.
If a magazine does not download on the first double click, double click on it again. 
If you have downloaded a magazine but cannot see the first page just start to scroll down and that will nudge the page to appear!

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Magazine Covers (photos)

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