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A guide to the Church Bells
in the County of Kent,
(the local authorities of
Kent, Medway and certain London boroughs).

Compiled by Dickon Love
with grateful thanks to all those who have contributed to this research, particularly
the Rev'd David Cawley and Chris Pickford.

All contributions, including photographs of belfries and peal boards are gratefully received and will be credited.

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Bell Restoration News
Farnborough augmented to 8
The small ring of 6 has now been augmented to 8 with a new treble and new tenor added on either end of the ring, cast by John Taylor & Co. The 4th was tuned down a semitone to form the 6th of the new scale of D major. New framework was built with the 7th now in an upper tier. The clock bell was removed from its position hanging from the ceiling with its future under discussion. They were chimed as an 8 on 1st April, pending full ringing when the pandemic is over.
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Faversham augmented to 10
The 8 bells have now been augmented to 10 with 2 trebles cast by John Taylor & Co, who have tuned the bells (apart from the old 6th) and hung them in the old frame with new framework for the old trebles above.
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Covid interrupts restoration at Swalecliffe
The single bell has been restored by John Taylor & Co and has now returned to Swalecliffe, following a delay introduced by Swalecliffe.
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Rosherville Gardens, Gravesend
Not news of a restoration, but news of a discovery made of a chime of 12 Taylor bells provided to these pleasure gardens in 1868. Further research has pieced together the story of this chime, remodelled into 13 a couple of years later, and then dispersed a couple of years later still, is published for the first time. Special thanks are due to the John Taylor Bellfoundry Museum and Archives for allowing access to this material and to their co-archivist, Chris Pickford, for providing comprehensive extracts and transcripts from the records. The Taylor archive is open for study and research.
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St John's Hospital, Canterbury bell is restored
The single bell that hangs on the chapel of St John's Hospital in the centre of Canterbury, has been restored at Taylors and has now returned home.
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Latest Updates
15 Oct 21FrinstedDiameters updated
05 Sep 21BurmarshPhoto of the ancient bell (thanks to Bishop Brian Jones)
05 Sep 21Sittingbourne (St Mary)New page and photos (thanks to Chris Trafford)
05 Sep 21New RomneyPhoto of the belfry (Ollie Watson)
05 Sep 21WarehornePhotos of the belfry (Ollie Watson)
20 Jun 21Sutton-by-DoverPhoto of the ancient bell (thanks to Bishop Brian Jones)
03 Apr 21FarnboroughAugmented to 8.
14 Mar 21FavershamPhotographs of the final installation (thanks to Adam Moore)
14 Mar 21Tunbridge Wells (Holy Trinity)New page
14 Mar 21Broadwater DownBell now rigged up for automatic chiming
02 Jan 21SwalecliffeNew photos
02 Jan 21Milton by CanterburyNew page
31 Dec 20Reading St (Old School House)New page
31 Dec 20Canterbury (St Gregory)New old photo
31 Dec 20Canterbury (St Alphege)New photos
31 Dec 20Dover (Old Town Hall)New page
31 Dec 20Reading St (St Andrew)New page
30 Dec 20SpeldhurstInfo on extra bell
30 Dec 20GoudhurstInfo on spire, fire and single bell
30 Dec 20HalsteadInfo on church building
20 Dec 20FavershamPhotographs of the bells being rehung (thanks to Adam Moore and Stuart Palin)
18 Dec 20Bromley CommonUpdated diameters
18 Dec 20FavershamNew ring of 10
18 Dec 20Canterbury (St Margaret)Updated weight of old middle bell
10 Nov 20SwalecliffePhoto of restored bell (Brian Butcher)

Dickon Love is an active bellringer in the City of London and is a Past Master and Hon Librarian of the Ancient Society of College Youths, who are responsible for ringing the bells at the major towers in the City. He is Tower Keeper/Captain at St Magnus the Martyr, St James Garlickhythe and St Mary Woolnoth. He conceived and ran the projects to install the new bells at St Magnus the Martyr, St Dunstan-in-the-West and St James Garlickhythe. The latter of these are the Royal Jubilee Bells which he managed when they rang on the River Thames, leading the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. He is Churchwarden at St Magnus the Martyr, Parish Clerk of St Clement Eastcheap and the 'Company Bellringer' for the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks.  He is also a member of the Cambridge University Guild and resident member of the Middlesex County Association & London Diocesan Guild, the Kent County Association and the St Martin's Guild for the Diocese of Birmingham.  His primary interest is in the history of bells and bell towers, and the focus of his research is on the the Cities of London and Westminster and the County of Kent.  He makes his living as a management consultant working in central government.

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent