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Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent is a window on the belfry archaeological research by Dickon Love on bells in the traditional County of Kent (which covers Medway and a number of London Boroughs). Information comes from many sources and Dickon is grateful to all those who have contributed to this research. Any corrections, comments, additions or observations would be gratefully received. 
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Bell Restoration News
Hougham bells attended to
Members of the Kent CACR inspected and cleaned up the 3 chiming bell installation here, painting the ironwork. Photographs have been kindly donated by Chris Cooper.
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Monkton to be augmented to 6
It has been announced that the 4 bells at St Mary Magdalene, Monkton are to be augmented to 6. The proposed second of six was originally installed at the nearby convent of Holy Cross, Broadstairs. The proposed treble of six is a surplus bell ex-East Budleigh, Devon; it is to be installed in memory of Alan Phipps a well known ringer in Kent until his untimely death last year.
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Broomfield augmented to 6
A 6th bell has finally been hung at Broomfield, although further work is due to take place here to improve the swing times of this new augmentation.
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A new bell for Leaveland
The small bell in the cupola was stolen in 2012. Two years later a second hand bell earlier stored in the nearby hall was refurbished and tuned by Whitechapel and hung in the empty cupola.
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Hollingbourne augmented to 8
2 trebles have been cast and hung in the empty pits from the 1975 frame. The first peal on the octave was rung on 24th June.
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Latest Updates
03 Sep 17WalmerInscriptions and photos of the bells in the belfry (thanks to Chris Cooper).
20 Aug 17Milton RegisPeal boards (thanks to Chris Trafford)
20 Aug 17BethersdenPeal boards (thanks to Stephen Davis)
02 Aug 17LeavelandDiscovered the bell is from St Aiden, Hellifield, N Yorks (thanks to Dave Kelly, Keltek).
05 Jul 17Ashford, St MaryPeal boards (thanks to Mark Chittenden-Pile)
05 Jul 17CharthamPeal boards (thanks to Tom Winter)
04 Jul 17St Peter in ThanetChurch picture (thanks to David Cawley)
04 Jul 17Blean, The CowshedThe story of this formerly ringable bell hung on a splended cow shed (thanks to David Cawley).
25 Jun 17MurstonUpdate and corrections plus new photo from David Cawley.
18 Jun 17FolkestonePeal boards (thanks to Chris Cooper)
29 May 17Belmont House, ThrowleyNew page on the clock chime with info from Lord Harris.
29 May 17Maidstone (All Saints)Peal boards (thanks to Mike Birkbeck)
28 May 17FavershamPeal boards (thanks to Chris Cooper)
28 May 17GoudhurstPeal boards (thanks to Chris Cooper)
28 May 17MershamPeal boards (thanks to Chris Cooper)
28 May 17New RomneyPeal boards (thanks to Chris Cooper)
28 May 17SittingbournePeal boards and photos of the bells in 1884 and 1897 (thanks to Chris Cooper)
28 May 17BordenAdditional photographs of the belfry and the Snelling bearings (thanks to Chris Cooper).
12 May 17BordenPeal boards (thanks to Chris Cooper)
10 May 17BiddendenPeal boards (thanks to Chris Cooper)
10 May 17GravesendPeal boards (thanks to Peter Joyce)
10 May 17OthamPeal boards (thanks to Richard Love)
03 May 17LeedsPeal boards (thanks to Chris Cooper)
01 May 17QueenboroughComprehensive update
01 May 17StaplehurstAdditional peal boards (thanks to Daniel Brady)
01 May 17GreenwichMr Hinks' guide to the ringing room
01 May 17Beckenham (St Barnabas)New page
01 May 17Rochester CathedralReferences to the connection with USS Pittsburgh
01 May 17PengePhotos and stained glass peal board
30 Apr 17ElmleyNew page
22 Mar 17MurstonTransferred to Keltek Trust
21 Mar 17CowdenNotes by the late F W Lewis
12 Mar 17New! Peal Board recordsA new feature in Lovesguide is a repository of peal board information. Dickon would be pleased to receive photographs of peal boards to be included in this. (As good a quality as possible please.)
21 Feb 17HoughamPictures from the belfry
15 Jan 17AlbumsThe galleries are now split into albums for some towers as part of a future overall improvement in the use of galleries.
26 Oct 16LeavelandNew bell
16 Jun 26HollingbourneAugmentation to 8
16 Jun 04MapNew poster to be downloaded

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, Ss Peter & Paul Bromley 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, the Middlesex County Association & London Diocesan Guild and the Kent County Association.  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