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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
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The cracked tenor has now been replaced by a new bell from Child Okeford (hanging 3 May 2018).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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Otham bells being restored
At present, the back 3 bells are with Taylors as they are to be rehung with new framework and fittings. The 5th was found to be cracked so has been welded by Soundweld. The bells are due to return in 2018.
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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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Latest Updates
02 May 18BobbingNews on the opening of the bells in 1804
02 May 18Canterbury CathedralNews on an interesting performance on the 8 bells by one man in 1791
02 May 18Canterbury (St Dunstan)News on the opening of the bells in 1778.
02 May 18Canterbury (St George)Record of payment to a man to ring the tenor each morning at 4am for 15 minutes.
02 May 18ElhamNews on the opening of the bells in 1809.
02 May 18GillinghamThe "controversial" opening of the bells in 1811.
02 May 18LymingeNews on the opening of the bells in 1810.
02 May 18Maidstone (All Saints)News on the opening of the bells 1784.
02 May 18New RomneyNews on the opening of the bells 1805.
02 May 18Cantebury CathedralNews on the opening of the 10 bells in 1802.
02 May 18Folkestone (Ss Mary & Eanswythe)News on the opening of the bells 1813.
12 Mar 18EdenbridgePeal boards (thanks to Chris Cooper)
07 Mar 18Ash-next-SandwichConfirmation of the interim ring of 8 cast in 1788 by Thomas Swain.
07 Mar 18HarrietshamOpening of the new ring of bells.
07 Mar 18WyeOpening of the new ring of bells.
07 Mar 18FolkestoneOpening of the new ring of bells.
07 Mar 18FavershamOpening of the new ring of bells and striking competition.
07 Mar 18LewishamCollapse of the new church and decision (later revoked) to sell the bells.
04 Mar 18Erith (St John)Discovery of recorded bell weights raising the tenor from 16cwt to 16-3-22 (i.e. virtually 17 cwt).
04 Mar 18EastryPeal board (thanks to MFRS)
25 Feb 18Articles sectionsThe "Articles" section from the old site has been completely reinstated, and articles added to individual pages.
17 Feb 18BirchingtonPeal boards (thanks to Tim Attride)
17 Feb 18East PeckhamPhotos of the belfry and peal boards (thanks to Chris Cooper)
25 Nov 17BroomfieldPhotos and tuning figures.
25 Nov 17Maidstone (All Saints)Photos of the belfry (Alex Runting)

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