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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
20 Nov 22Great MongehamPhotographs, frame details, references
24 Sep 22Boughton MalherbePhotographs of the bells (thanks to Mike Bundock)
23 Sep 22BELLFRAME INFONow added in more detail where known across the site
28 Aug 22Walmer Lifeboat StationNew page and photos (thanks to Colin Varrell)
28 Aug 22Chislehurst (St Nicholas)Additional historical info
06 Aug 22Newington-juxta-SittingbourneNewspaper references
05 Aug 22OffhamWeights following 1998 restoration
31 Jul 22ChiddingstoneDetails of the sanctus
31 Jul 22ElmstedNewspaper references
05 Jul 22Perry StreetNew page and amazing drone photos that revealed the inscription (thanks to Jason Arthur)
01 Jul 22Westgate-on-SeaBelfry photos (thanks to Joe Aust)
01 Jul 22St Margaret-at-CliffeBelfry photos (thanks to Mike Bundock)
25 Jun 22Herne Bay (Clock Tower)New photos (thanks to Mike Bundock) and info
25 Jun 22Whitstable (St Alphege)Belfry photos (thanks to Joe Aust)
25 Jun 22GoudhurstPeal boards (thanks to Richard Steele)
25 Jun 22FrittendenPeal boards and belfry photos (thanks to Richard Steele)
08 Jun 22GoudhurstBelfry photos (thanks to Richard Steele) and additional historical detail
08 Jun 22CharthamBelfry photos
24 May 22SturryBelfry photos (thanks to Joe Aust)
09 May 22Dover (St James New Church)Historical updates
25 Apr 22ChisletBelfry photos (thanks to Joe Aust)
19 Apr 22Chislehurst (St Nicholas)Tuning figures (updated key), gallery, peal boards, updated inscriptions, pre-retuned weights
07 Apr 22Dover (St James New Church)Historical updates & peal boards
07 Apr 22Dover (St James Old Church)Historical updates
07 Apr 22Ramsgate (St Paul)New page

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