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Grain, St James


  • 4 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 4-1-12 in E♭.
  • Grid Ref: TQ888767
  • Complete ring cast at the same time
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1904 Mears & Stainbank
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 3-1-1023¾" A♭ 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Doncaster Never
® 2 3-2-2524⅝" G 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Doncaster Never
® 3 4-0-2225⅝" F 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Doncaster Never
® Tenor 4-1-1228" E♭ 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Doncaster Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

1725 bell

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Single Bell2 cwt approx.19½"c 1725Samuel KnightNeverMoved to church 1897, taken away 1904

1897 bell

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Single Bell1¾ cwt approx.19"1897Mears & StainbankNeverRecast 1904

History

c 1725 A bell was cast at about this time by Samuel Knight and hung in a wooden turret of the church.
1897 The Knight bell was replaced in the turret with a new bellby Mears & Stainbank to mark Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. The old bell was moved to the church.
1902 Tower built at a cost to King Edward VII & other royalties and an 18th century bell was hung in it.
1904 A diatonic ring of 4 was cast and hung by Mears & Stainbank at a cost of £216.17s.6. but hung in pits 1-4 of a 6-bell frame. The Knight bell was scrapped, and the 1897 bell was taken back as new by Mears.

Gallery


This is the church c.1900 (or possible before 1897 when the Knight bell was replaced by the Mears turret bell.
Photo: David Cawley collection
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-12-291272 Minimus (5m)
2017-06-111344 Bristol Surprise Minimus
2016-12-171296 Julie McDonnell Treble Bob Minimus
2014-12-201272 Minimus (5m)
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here


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