New complete rings of bells, by date

A chronological list of new complete rings installed in a tower, defined as all the bells cast by the same founder at the same time. This is confined to rings of 5 or more bells after the year 1600.

Key:

The current ring
Original ring inside the current ring
The ring is no longer there

Year Tower No of Bells Founder Tenor Comments
1605 CHARTHAM, St Mary 5 Joseph Hatch 14-0-18 Augmented 1728.
1606 CRANBROOK, St Dunstan 5 Joseph Hatch Various recasts then new 6 in 1715.
1612 MERSHAM, St John the Baptist 5 Joseph Hatch 13 cwt approx. Augmented 1847 and 1880.
1624 IVYCHURCH, St George 5 John Wilnar 14½ cwt approx. 1 bell recast.
1634/5 STOCKBURY, St Mary Magdalene 5 John Wilnar 12 cwt approx.
1637 NEWCHURCH, Ss Peter & Paul 5 John Wilnar 11 cwt approx. 1 bell recast. Augmented 1969.
1637 DOVER, St James the Apostle (Old Church) 5 John Wilnar 17½ cwt approx. Scrapped in c.1861.
1639 SANDWICH, St Mary 5 John Wilnar 20-1-14 Bells transferred to Elham soon after 1667. Recast 1763.
1656 MILTON, Ss Peter & Paul 5 John Hodson 11-3-9 Augmented 1810 and 1930.
1663 MINSTER IN SHEPPEY, Ss Mary & Sexburga 5 William Hatch 10-3-4 Various recasts. Augmented 1929.
1667 QUEENBOROUGH, Holy Trinity 5 Anthony Bartlett 1 bell recast. Augmented 1911.
1672 CHELSFIELD, St Martin of Tours 5 John Hodson 11-0-14 Augmented 1936 and 2009.
1672 SANDWICH, St Clement 5 John Hodson 18 cwt approx. Removed 1865 except treble.
1675 HALLING, St John the Baptist 5 John Hodson 10-3-25 All recast.
1676 WOODNESBOROUGH, St Mary the Virgin 5 John & Christopher Hodson 14 cwt approx. Various bells recast.
1681 MILTON REGIS, Holy Trinity 5 John Bartlett 10-3-13 1 bell recast. Augmented 1934 and 2019.
1687 GODMERSHAM, St Lawrence the Martyr 5 Christopher Hodson Augmented 1998.
1687 SITTINGBOURNE, St Michael 6 James Bartlett 20-1-6 1 bell recast. Augmented 1897.
1695 EAST MALLING, St James the Great 5 James Bartlett Augmented 1831.
1695 HADLOW, St Mary 5 James Bartlett 12-3-0 Augmented 1696 and 1775.
1700 GILLINGHAM, St Mary Magdalene 5 Philip Wightman
1702 DARTFORD, Holy Trinity 8 Philip Wightman 18-1-12 Various recasts.
1703 ERITH, St John the Baptist 6 Richard Phelps 17 cwt approx. Various recasts.
1703 HEVER, St Peter 5 Richard Phelps Various recasts.
1704 ST LAURENCE IN THANET, St Laurence 5 Richard Phelps All recast. Augmented 1890 and 1924.
1705 ALDINGTON, St Martin 5 John Peele All recast in 1774.
1707 GOUDHURST, St Mary the Virgin 6 Richard Phelps Various recasts.
1711 NORTHBOURNE, St Augustine 5 Matthew Bagley Various recasts. Augmented 1911.
1714 ST PETER IN THANET, St Peter the Apostle 6 Unknown Founder not yet identified.
1715 CRANBROOK, St Dunstan 6 Richard Phelps Recast in 1715 into 8.
1717 HUNTON, St Mary 6 John Waylett 11-0-0 All recast 1900.
1717 TENTERDEN, St Mildred 6 Richard Phelps All recast. Augmented 1769.
1718 CRANBROOK, St Dunstan 8 Richard Phelps Various recasts.
1719 BENENDEN, St George 6 Richard Phelps Various recasts and augmented to 8 and 12.
1720 WINGHAM, Collegiate Church of St Mary the Virgin 8 Richard Phelps 19¼ cwt approx.
1720 HYTHE, St Leonard 6 John Waylett All recast. Augmented 1802, 1861 and 1992. Diminished 1891.
1721 ELMSTED, St James the Great 6 John Waylett Tenor recast 1783.
1722 LITTLE CHART, St Mary of Holy Rood (Old Church) 5 Samuel Knight All bells recast.
1723 HOLLINGBOURNE, All Saints 6 Samuel Knight 13½ cwt approx. Retuned in 1975 to 13-1-24. Augmented to 8 in 2016.
1723 SELLINDGE, St Mary 5 Samuel Knight Various recasts. Augmented 1909.
1724 DOVER, St Mary the Virgin 8 Samuel Knight 16-3-26 Treble recast.
1725 NEWINGTON NEXT HYTHE, St Nicholas 5 Samuel Knight 9-0-19 Augmented 1908.
1727 KINGSNORTH, St Michael 5 Samuel Knight 10-0-0 Various recasts.
1727/8 CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, Oxford Tower 8 Samuel Knight 32-0-6 Various recasts and augmented to 10 and 12.
1728 WICKHAMBREAUX, St Andrew 6 Samuel Knight 10 cwt approx.
1729 CHISLET, St Mary the Virgin 6 Samuel Knight Various recasts.
1730 WHITSTABLE, All Saints 6 Samuel Knight 7-2-6
1731 GREENWICH, St Alfege 8 Richard Phelps All recast and augmented 1954.
1736 GRAVESEND, St George 8 Richard Phelps All recast.
1737 HORSMONDEN, St Margaret 6 Samuel Knight Various recasts and augmented 1955.
1742 HARRIETSHAM, St John the Baptist 8 Thomas Lester 12½ cwt approx. Various recasts.
1743 TEYNHAM, St Mary 6 Robert Catlin Various recasts.
1746 CANTERBURY, St Stephen 6 Robert Catlin 10-3-0 Various recasts.
1746 MEREWORTH, St Lawrence 6 Joseph Eayre 9-3-22 1 bell recast.
1748 FAVERSHAM, St Mary of Charity 8 Robert Patrick Various recasts.
1748 NEW ROMNEY, St Nicholas 8 Robert Catlin 16-3-9 All bells recast.
1750 CHIDDINGSTONE, St Mary the Virgin 8 Robert Catlin 17-3-3 Various recasts.
1751 SWANSCOMBE, Ss Peter & Paul 6 Robert Catlin 13 cwt approx. All recast. Augmented 1904.
1754 WROTHAM, St George 8 Lester & Pack 19-3-25 All recast.
1757/8 NORTHFLEET, St Botolph 6 Lester & Pack Various recasts. Augmented 1920.
1760 PETHAM, All Saints 6 Lester & Pack 6-3-6 Destroyed 1922.
1763 ELHAM, St Mary the Virgin 8 Lester & Pack 15-2-11 Recast 1970.
1765 STROOD, St Nicholas 6 Thomas Swain All recast.
1766 SELLING, St Mary the Virgin 6 Lester & Pack 9-3-2 All recast. Augmented 1900.
1766 LEWISHAM, St Mary the Virgin 8 Lester & Pack 15-2-16 Romdelled and various recasts.
1769 SEVENOAKS, St John the Baptist 8 Pack & Chapman 21-2-2 All recast.
1773 BROMLEY, Ss Peter & Paul 8 Thomas Janaway 18-0-19 Destroyed 1941.
1774 TONBRIDGE, Ss Peter & Paul 8 Pack & Chapman 19-3-5 Various recasts.
1774 WYE, Ss Gregory & Martin 8 Pack & Chapman 23-0-15 Some bells recast. Augmented 1999.
1778 FOLKESTONE, Ss Mary & Eanswythe 8 Pack & Chapman All recast.
1778 ASH NEXT SANDWICH, St Nicholas 8 Thomas Swain All recast. Augmented 1978.
1779 SANDWICH, St Peter 8 William Mears 15-2-9
1779 LAMBERHURST, St Mary the Blessed Virgin 6 Pack & Chapman 13-3-16 1 bell recast.
1780 THROWLEY, St Michael & All Angels 6 Pack & Chapman 12-2-24 Various recasts. Augmented 1933.
1783 CHART SUTTON, St Michael 6 Chapman & Mears 14-2-16
1783/4 MAIDSTONE, All Saints 10 Chapman & Mears 28-2-13 All bells recast.
1785 HERNHILL, St Michael 5 William Mears Augmented 1886. Tenor now 7-1-10.
1785 MARGATE, St John the Baptist 6 William Mears 21-2-3 1 bell recast. Augmented 1823.
1790 ASH NEXT SANDWICH, St Nicholas 8 Thomas Mears I 21-1-9 Various recast. Augmented 1978.
1794 ELTHAM, St John the Baptist 6 Thomas Mears I Recast in 1924.
1799 ALDINGTON, St Martin 6 Pack & Chapman 13-2-21 Some bells recast.
1801 CRANBROOK, St Dunstan 8 Thomas Mears I 23-1-4 Various recasts.
1801 SHELDWICH, St James 6 Thomas Mears I 12-3-15 All recast. Augmented 1998.
1802 BORDEN, Ss Peter & Paul 8 Thomas Mears I 22cwt approx.
1802 HYTHE, St Leonard 8 Thomas Mears I 18-2-0 All recast. Augmented 1861 and 1992. Diminished 1891.
1803 SHORNE, Ss Peter & Paul 6 Thomas Mears I 9-2-0
1803/4 BOXLEY, St Mary the Virgin & All Saints 6 Thomas Mears I 11-1-0 Retuned in 1971 to 10-3-10
1803/4 FRITTENDEN, St Mary 6 Thomas Mears I 9-0-26 All recast.
1804 BOBBING, St Bartholomew 6 Thomas Mears I 8-2-27 Tenor recast.
1808 ST LAURENCE IN THANET, St Laurence 6 Thomas Mears II 17-0-21 Various recasts. Augmented 1924.
1818 QUEX PARK, Waterloo Tower 12 Thomas Mears II 15-1-20 Various recasts.
1819 ROLVENDEN, St Mary the Virgin 8 Thomas Mears II 1 bell recast.
1821 WOOLWICH, St Mary Magdalene 8 Thomas Mears II 12-3-20 Tenor recast.
1830 CHISLEHURST, St Nicholas 6 Thomas Mears II 13-2-0 Destroyed 1857.
1843 TUNSTALL, St John the Baptist 6 Thomas Mears II Various recasts. Augmented 1923.
1844 KILNDOWN, Christ Church 6 Charles & George Mears 15-2-2 All recast.
1853 PLUCKLEY, St Nicholas 6 Charles & George Mears 12-3-25
1858 CHISLEHURST, St Nicholas 8 John Warner & Sons 15-2-19
1859/60 CLIFFE AT HOO, St Helen 8 John Taylor & Co 14-2-18 Retuned in 2006 to 13-2-10
1861 DOVER, St James the Apostle (New Church) 6 Naylor Vickers & Co 12 cwt approx. Steel bells. Scrapped in 1953.
1874 DEPTFORD, St John 8 Mears & Stainbank 14-0-18
1876 CRAYFORD, St Paulinus 8 Mears & Stainbank 12-1-0 Retuned 1923 to 11-2-15
1877 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, St Peter 5 John Warner & Co 11-2-2 All recast. Augmented 1878 and 1885.
1878 CHARING, Ss Peter & Paul 6 John Taylor & Co 13-0-15 Retuned in 1993 to 12-2-10
1879 FOLKESTONE, Ss Mary & Eanswythe 8 John Taylor & Co 25-1-5
1880 SHIPBOURNE, St Giles 6 Thomas C Lewis 9-3-2
1881 BRASTED, St Martin 6 Gillett & Bland 11-0-0 Tuned 1932 to 10-1-16 and 2005 to 9-2-2 when also augmented to 8
1887 SEAL CHART, St Lawrence 6 Mears & Stainbank 10-0-11 Remodelled 2013
1887 DEAL, St Leonard 6 Mears & Stainbank 9-2-0
1887 RINGWOULD, St Nicholas 5 Mears & Stainbank 1 bell recast. Augmented 1957.
1891 OSPRINGE, Ss Peter & Paul 8 John Taylor & Co 17-1-8
1892 WALMER, St Mary 8 John Warner & Sons 18-2-12 Retuned in 1934 to 18-0-9.
1897 CHATHAM, St Mary the Virgin (The Victoria Tower) 8 John Warner & Sons 25-0-21 Transferred out of the county in 2013.
1900 HUNTON, St Mary 6 John Taylor & Co 11-2-5
1900 APPLEDORE, Ss Peter & Paul 8 John Warner & Sons 12-0-15
1902/3 BECKENHAM, St George 8 John Warner & Sons 14-2-18 Augmented 1934.
1904 SWANSCOMBE, Ss Peter & Paul 8 Mears & Stainbank 18-0-5
1909 MARDEN, St Michael & All Angels 8 Alfred Bowell 14-1-0
1910 BROMLEY COMMON, St Luke 8 John Taylor & Co 15-1-8
1911 EDENBRIDGE, Ss Peter & Paul 8 Gillett & Johnston 14-0-7
1911 WROTHAM, St George 8 Gillett & Johnston 20-0-10
1912 SALTWOOD, Ss Peter & Paul 6 Mears & Stainbank 12-1-22
1913 ST MARY CRAY, St Mary 6 Gillett & Johnston 11-3-21
1915 ERITH, Christ Church 8 John Warner & Sons 17-0-23
1917 DARTFORD, Holy Trinity 8 Mears & Stainbank 18-2-1
1919 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, St Peter 8 Gillett & Johnston 14-0-3
1919 HALLING, St John the Baptist 6 Alfred Bowell 11-0-0
1921 ROCHESTER, Christ & the Blessed Virgin Mary 10 Gillett & Johnston 30-0-14
1921 SMARDEN, St Michael 6 Alfred Bowell 18-1-21
1923 GRAVESEND, St George 8 John Taylor & Co 18-1-6
1923 PETHAM, All Saints 6 Mears & Stainbank 6-1-0
1924 ELTHAM, St John the Baptist 8 Gillett & Johnston 10-2-24
1926 LYDD, All Saints 8 Gillett & Johnston 15-2-7
1928 FRITTENDEN, St Mary 8 Gillett & Johnston 15-1-4
1950 BROMLEY, Ss Peter & Paul 8 Gillett & Johnston 16-2-8
1956 LITTLE CHART, St Mary the Virgin (New Church) 6 John Taylor & Co 6-0-21
1956 BIRCHINGTON ON SEA, All Saints 8 Mears & Stainbank 8-2-17
1957 MAIDSTONE, All Saints 10 John Taylor & Co 32-0-20
1958 KILNDOWN, Christ Church 6 Mears & Stainbank 9-1-10
1959 BIGGIN HILL, St Mark 6 John Taylor & Co 6-1-24
1966 SEVENOAKS, St Nicholas 8 Mears & Stainbank 16-2-10
1969 WHITSTABLE, St Alphege 6 Whitechapel 3-1-13 1 bell recast. Augmented 1973.
1969/7 YALDING, Ss Peter & Paul 6 Philip Wightman 1 bell recast. Retuned to 17-0-5.
1970 ELHAM, St Mary the Virgin 8 Whitechapel 13-2-15
1980 SELLING, St Mary the Virgin 8 Whitechapel 5-3-26
1981 CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, Oxford Tower 12 Whitechapel 34-3-4
1987 FOOTS CRAY, All Saints 5 Whitechapel 3-1-27
1991 KEMSING, St Mary the Virgin 6 Whitechapel 4-1-5
1991 BICKLEY, St George 6 Whitechapel 14-1-9 Augmented 1993.
1995 TUNSTALL, St John the Baptist 8 John Taylor & Co 10-1-8
1998 SHELDWICH, St James 8 Whitechapel 7-0-26
2000 ST MARY PLATT, Piltdown House Campanile 12 Bowditch & Higby 22lbs 7oz
2003 KEMSLEY, The Trafford Campanile 6 John Taylor & Co 38lbs 13oz
2011/2012 FARNBOROUGH, St Giles the Abbot 6 John Taylor & Co 2-2-26
2012 EDENBRIDGE, Fircroft Way (The Royal Jubilee Bells) 8 Whitechapel 9-1-25 Transferred to the River Thames then St James Garlickhythe, City of London.


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