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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
A new bell for Leaveland
The small bell in the cupola was stolen in 2012. Four 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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St Nicholas, Strood
The chime of five bells has been removed from Murston church and currently in the ownership of the KCACR. The plan was to use these as the basis of a new ring of 8 at Strood, although there have been some recent setbacks leading to the future of this project going into doubt.
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Broomfield augmented to 5
The ring of 3 bells has been augmented to 5. A new treble has been promised to bring the number to 6.
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Lympne augmented to 8
The ring of 6 has been augmented to 8. They are to dedicated in June by the former Vicar, Richard Love, who is also the Lovesguide Editor's father!
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Latest Updates
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