Staple, St James the Great

Photo: Richard Offen, 2004

  • 4 bells hung dead and chimed with trigger action clappers
  • Tenor: 11-2-25 in G.
  • Grid Ref: TR269567
  • Frame: Timber
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
1 6-1-731¾" C 1680 John Hodson, Whitechapel 2003 Whitechapel
2 6-3-2433½" B 1680 John Hodson, Whitechapel 2003 Whitechapel
3 9-2-1337" A 15th Cent Joanna Hille Never
4 11-2-2540" G 1623 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never

 - Hung dead



c 1450 Bell cast by Joanna Hille during the 15th Cent. The founder was identified by Nicholas Davies.
1623 Tenor cast by Joseph Hatch.
1680 2 treble bells cast by John Hodson. The ring of 4 were nearly Lydian, although the trebles were both 30 cents sharp.
1759 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [1]
2002 The bells were removed by the KCACR on 30 November.
2003 Front 2 bells retuned by Whitechapel down to a diatonic scale (tenors were listed). The cracked 2nd was welded and the bells rehung for stationary chiming with "trigger action" clappers.
[1] "This Church consists of A Chancell, North Chancell, Body & a North Isle. At ye West End stands a Tower Steeple, in wch. hang 4 Bells,; but I could not get at them." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1759)


Here are some pictures of the Joanna Hille bell. At the bottom is a close-up of the shield and lozenge that identifies the bell as hers (rather than her husband's).
Photo: Nicholas Davies, Mar 2004

Photo: Nicholas Davies, Mar 2004

Photo: Nicholas Davies, Mar 2004

The 4 bells on the truck during the 2003 restoration.
Photo: Brian Butcher 2003

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 4 April 2020