Bicknor, St James

  • 4 bells hung for swing chiming
  • Tenor: 2 cwt approx. in F♯.
  • Grid Ref: TQ860588
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderSerial NoRetuned
҂ 1 ¾ cwt approx.14⅞" 1862 Naylor Vickers & Co., Sheffield3222Never
҂ 2 1 cwt approx.17⅝" 1862 Naylor Vickers & Co., Sheffield3062Never
҂ 3 1½ cwt approx.19½" 1862 Naylor Vickers & Co., Sheffield3068Never
҂ 4 2 cwt approx.20⅞" 1862 Naylor Vickers & Co., Sheffield3145Never

҂  - Hung for swing chiming


1760 Record of 1 small bell.
1862 Steel bells cast for the London Exhibition, later hung in Bicknor church.
1990 2 of the bells lowered to the ground by vandals.
1993 Bells rehung by Brian Butcher and Dickon Love.
2002 Some ringers managed to break the tenor wheel while vigorously pulling the bell. The tenor and treble were rehung (again!) by the KCACR, but with the proviso that it be chimed only.
2020 The bells were inspected by Matthew Higby, who prepared a report.


  • "Steel Bells of Bicknor", Cawley, David L (The Ringing World) 1 September 1967
  • "Britain's only steel four ringing once more", Love, Dickon R (The Ringing World) 26 January 1996

  • Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 1 April 2016