day out to Saint James the Great Church in Hanslope

When a good friend of ours, Douglas from 'Elegant Wedding Cars' invited us to visit his village on the open day of St James the Great Church, we jumped at the chance.
We see many wedding venues and many churches but only from the outside as the chauffeur of a wedding car.
Saint James the Great Church Hanslope
The opportunity to view the church during their open weekend was an opportunity not to be missed, we climbed the tower and during the ascent we stopped off at the bell ringer’s room …..

Then the Bell room…..


Watching one of the bells in action from the bell room was incredible (and very loud) …..

 Then on to the top ….. it is a long way up but we were rewarded with magnificent views across the surrounding countryside – we could see Salsey Forest, Olney and even the snow dome in Milton Keynes.

It was a strange and momentarily worrying sensation when the bell sounded when we were at the top – the tower moves slightly as the bell swings which is very noticeable but I guess it does it no harm – it has lasted 600 years so far and it looked in very good condition to me !
It was explained that the spire lost 20ft from its height when lightning struck about 150 years ago.
It was a very pleasant day out and we had a pleasant drive over to Hanslope in our 1949 Triumph Roadster too :-)

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