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BULKINGTON St James 8, 12-1-23 in G

Grid Reference 140/391867 Bulkingtyn Church - Source: David Kelly
Postcode CV12 9PZ
Affiliation  Coventry DG
Peals  Felstead Database
Sunday  0930-1000 & 1800-1830
Practice  Tuesday  1930-2100


On the main street of this large village, St James church is another that is worth spending a while examining before you ring. It consists of a chancel with a vestry on the north; a nave, with a clearstory to the south only; north and south aisles; south porch; and a western tower. The chancel is three bays in length and the nave five. Of the church as it existed early in the 13th century only the nave arcades remain, the north aisle having been rebuilt late in the same century. The south aisle was rebuilt and the present chancel added in the latter half of the 14th century. In the mid 15th century the west tower was built. The present south clearstory appears to have been either added or rebuilt in the late 15th or early 16th century, when the eastern window of the long wall of the south aisle was rebuilt in conjunction with an arched recess beneath the sill. An extensive restoration took place in the 19th Century, when the chancel vestry was added, the chancel arch rebuilt, and all the roofing reconstructed. The existing porch was built in 1907, when the tower was also restored, as was the south wall in 1928.

The bells were rehung in an eight-bell frame in 1924 - the empty pits being filled in 1948. The old bells have had their canons removed and the Taylor bells were cast with flat tops. One of the late ringers at St James built the platform on which the organ now stands.

The tower rocks noticeably when the bells are rung and to counteract this there has been in the past a plan to remove the old tenor, to be left as a clock bell, and the ring re-modelled using the 7th as the tenor and hung lower in the tower. Currently little, if anything, is occurring in this direction.

The small brassfounders bell from the late 19th centuary which was rescued when the nearby school was demolished and kept in the ringing room for a number of years has recently been hung on a bracket at the base of the tower.

Entrance is from inside at the base of the tower and there is a church car park just to the west of the tower.

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1948   4-0-11  25.625"  1532.0Hz (G-40c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1948   4-0-13  26.00"   1444.0Hz (F#-43c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1924   4-2-08  27.125"  1286.0Hz (E-43c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1924   5-1-08  29.00"   1146.0Hz (D-43c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1924   5-3-26  31.50"   1020.0Hz (C-44c)
6 Newcombe, Leicester             1605   5-3-27  33.00"    964.0Hz (B-42c)
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1924   9-3-24  37.25"    859.0Hz (A-42c)
8 Newcombe, Leicester            C16th  12-1-23  42.00"    764.0Hz (G-45c)

Photo Gallery

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The then 4 bells removed
from the tower in 1924
The Old School Bell.
Hung on a bracket at
the base of the tower 
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The Church -
Looking East
The Church -
Looking West

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