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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
Milton Regis now an 8!
Work is now complete at Milton Regis where 2 bells cast by the Westley Group have been hung by Whites of Appleton to complete the octave. The bells were dedicated on Sun 25 August 2019.
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Monkton trebles have arrived
2 trebles to augment Monkton to 6 have now arrived, were dedicated on Sun 25 Nov and will be hung in December. More to follow!
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Otham bells have been restored
The back 3 bells have been rehung with new framework and fittings by Taylors. The 5th was found to be cracked so was welded by Soundweld. This now completes the original project to augment the former ring of 3 into a very useable ring of 6.
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Chilham gets a replacement tenor
The cracked tenor has now been replaced by a new bell from Child Okeford (hanging 3 May 2018). More details will appear here in due course.
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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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Latest Updates
11 Dec 19MapUpdated map
01 Sep 19Quex ParkPeal boards and new photographs
27 Aug 19Milton RegisAugmented to 8, although full details of the new bells yet to be published.
15 Apr 19Ash-by-WrothamPeal boards (thanks to Richard Smith and Alex Britton)
15 Apr 19AylesfordPeal boards (thanks to Richard Smith)
15 Apr 19BearstedPeal boards (photos by the Editor)
15 Apr 19BenendenPeal boards (photos by the Editor)
15 Apr 19Canterbury (St Dunstan)Peal boards (thanks to Richard Smith)
15 Apr 19Canterbury (St Stephen)Peal boards (thanks to Richard Smith)
15 Apr 19Chislehurst (Annunciation)Peal boards (photos by the Editor)
15 Apr 19CrayfordPeal boards (photos by the Editor)
15 Apr 19EynsfordPeal boards (thanks to Richard Smith)
15 Apr 19HeadcornPeal boards (photos by the Editor)
15 Apr 19RodmershamPeal boards (photos by the Editor)
15 Apr 19SevenoaksPeal boards (thanks to Richard Smith)
15 Apr 19ShipbournePeal boards (thanks to Richard Smith)
15 Apr 19TonbridgePeal boards (thanks to Richard Smith)
15 Apr 19YaldingPeal boards (thanks to Richard Smith)
15 Apr 19SturryPeal boards (thanks to Richard Smith)
28 Nov 18DartfordPeal boards (thanks to Alex Britton)
26 Sep 18Cantebury (All Saints)Photo (David Cawley) and new material.
26 Sep 18Maidstone (St Michael)Further details of the old bells (thanks to Mark Elvers)
19 Aug 18Walmer (Sacred Heart, RC)New page.
19 Aug 18AcolTower picture (thanks to David Cawley)
19 Aug 18St Laurence in ThanetPicture of the bells from 1911 (thanks to David Cawley)

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