Every Sunday, and on special occasions, 8 church bells ring out, telling villagers that a service is about to begin. There were originally 5 bells, which were recast and increased to 6 in 1724 by Thomas Eayre, the Kettering bell founder. In 1556 the sound of bells saved the life of Robert Langley, lost in thick mist over St Ives meadow near the river. In gratitude he bequeathed one shilling a year in perpetuity to each of the bell ringers, (England has over 5,000 towers with bells and people of all ages volunteer to ring them)
There was once a graceful spire but on the 8th September 1741 a hurricane blew it down. What was left was levelled off. Eight ball finials were placed on the angles and a splendid cock weather-vane surmounted all. This gives the Church its unique outline.
Please contact the Tower captain Sharon Williams if you would like to learn to ring or if you have a team who would like to ring the bells of St James’.
Please contact the Tower captain Sharon Williams if you would like to have the bells rung for your wedding at either St James’ or St Margaret’s.