The Rings of Eight

Order Year Tower Tenor when created Tenor now Comments
1 1678 MAIDSTONE, All Saints 30 cwt approx. 32-0-20 There are records of 6 bells here in 1667 & 8 bells in 1719. The tenor was recast and the bells were rehung in 1678, so this is a plausible date for their augmentation to 8. Augmented to 10: 1784.
2 1701 DEPTFORD, St Nicholas 20-1-4 19¼ cwt approx. Tenor & treble only left.
3 1702 DARTFORD, Holy Trinity 18¾ cwt approx. 18-2-1
4 1718 CRANBROOK, St Dunstan Unknown 21-2-15
5 1720 WINGHAM, Collegiate Church of St Mary the Virgin 19-1-0 19¼ cwt approx All the original bells are still there!
6 1724 DOVER, St Mary the Virgin 16-3-26 15-2-9
7 1727 CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, Oxford Tower 30 cwt approx. 34-3-4 Augmented to 10 in 1802 and 12 in 1923.
8 1731 GREENWICH, St Alfege 25 cwt approx. 23-2-14 Augmented to 10: 1734.
9 1734 WYE, Ss Gregory & Martin "26 cwt approx." 19-1-8 Augmented to 10: 1999.
11 1742 HARRIETSHAM, St John the Baptist 12½ cwt approx. 12-2-12
12 1748 FAVERSHAM, St Mary of Charity 18 cwt approx. 16-2-4 Augmented to 10 in 2020
13 1748 NEW ROMNEY, St Nicholas 18-0-14 15-1-13
14 1751 LENHAM, St Mary 23-0-0 21-0-14
15 1753 CHIDDINGSTONE, St Mary the Virgin 20 cwt approx. 17-0-3
16 1754 WROTHAM, St George 20 cwt approx. 20-0-10
17 1762 ASHFORD, St Mary the Virgin 22 cwt approx. 21-2-22
18 1763 ELHAM, St Mary the Virgin 15-2-11 13-2-15
19 1766 HEADCORN, Ss Peter & Paul 21 cwt approx. 21-0-5
20 1766 LEWISHAM, St Mary the Virgin 15-2-16 21-1-14
21 1769 TENTERDEN, St Mildred 30 cwt approx. 27-3-23 The heaviest ring of 8.
22 1769 SEVENOAKS, St Nicholas 21-2-2 16-2-10
23 1773 BROMLEY, Ss Peter & Paul 19¾ cwt approx. 16-2-8
24 1774 TONBRIDGE, Ss Peter & Paul 21 cwt approx. 19-1-0
25 1775 GOUDHURST, St Mary the Virgin 27 cwt approx. 23¾ cwt approx.
26 1775 HADLOW, St Mary 13½ cwt approx. 12-3-0
27 1778 FOLKESTONE, Ss Mary & Eanswythe 22 cwt approx. 25-1-5
28 1778 ASH NEXT SANDWICH, St Nicholas Unknown 21-3-0 Augmented to 10: 1978.
29 1779 SANDWICH, St Peter 15-2-9 15-2-9 Currently unringable
30 1784 BIDDENDEN, All Saints 22½ cwt approx. 22½ cwt approx.
31 1802 BORDEN, Ss Peter & Paul 22 cwt approx. 22 cwt approx.
32 1802 BENENDEN, St George 20 cwt approx. 18-0-24 Augmented to 12: 2003.
33 1802 HYTHE, St Leonard 18-2-0 19-3-3 Augmented to 10: 1861. Reduced to 8 in 1891 and back to 10 in 1992.
34 1811 GILLINGHAM, St Mary Magdalene 11-1-18 11-1-18
35 1819 ROLVENDEN, St Mary the Virgin 16 cwt approx. 15-0-7
36 1821 WOOLWICH, St Mary Magdalene 13-3-6 12-3-6
37 1823 MARGATE, St John the Baptist 22-1-22 21-2-3
38 1837 WESTERHAM, St Mary 19-0-9 23-0-17
39 1844 CANTERBURY, St Stephen 10-2-28 10-1-26
40 1846 FRITTENDEN, St Mary 13 cwt approx. 15-1-4
41 1847 HAWKHURST, St Laurence 23-0-19 23-0-19
42 1858 CHISLEHURST, St Nicholas 17-2-2 15-2-19
43 1860 CLIFFE AT HOO, St Helen 14-2-18 13-2-10
44 1874 DEPTFORD, St John 14-0-18 14-0-18
45 1876 CRAYFORD, St Paulinus 12-1-10 11-2-15
46 1880 MERSHAM, St John the Baptist 14 cwt approx. 12-3-18
47 1882 ERITH, St John the Baptist 16-3-22 16-3-22
48 1883 CHILHAM, St Mary 19 cwt approx. 16-2-21
49 1884 WEST MALLING, St Mary the Virgin 12-1-2 10-1-9
50 1885 STAPLEHURST, All Saints 21-2-13 19-2-7 Augmented to 10: 1997.
51 1885 AYLESFORD, St Peter 13-2-7 13-2-7
52 1886 HERNHILL, St Michael 8½ cwt approx. 7-1-10
53 1886 LEE, St Margaret 14-1-13 6-0-10 Now a chime of 16.
54 1886 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, St Peter 11-2-2 14-0-3
55 1887 SPELDHURST, St Mary the Virgin 13-1-26 13 cwt approx.
56 1890 ST LAURENCE IN THANET, St Laurence 17-0-21 14-1-19
57 1890 BOUGHTON UNDER BLEAN, Ss Peter & Paul 12-1-12 11-0-6
58 1891 OSPRINGE, Ss Peter & Paul 17-1-8 17-1-8
59 1891 BIRLING, All Saints 8-0-22 6-3-16
60 1892 WALMER, St Mary 18-2-12 18-0-9
61 1892 ST PETER IN THANET, St Peter the Apostle 14-3-9 13-2-22
62 1896 ROCHESTER, St Margaret 10-3-9 9-2-8
63 1896 EDENBRIDGE, Ss Peter & Paul 14½ cwt approx. 14-0-7
64 1896 PENSHURST, St John the Baptist 17-2-11 17-2-11
65 1897 SITTINGBOURNE, St Michael 20-1-6 19-0-6
66 1898 CHATHAM, St Mary the Virgin (The Victoria Tower) 25-0-21
67 1900 APPLEDORE, Ss Peter & Paul 12-0-15 12-0-15
68 1900 SELLING, St Mary the Virgin 9-3-10 5-3-26
69 1901 BIRCHINGTON ON SEA, All Saints 7-3-20 8-2-17
70 1902 BECKENHAM, St George 14-2-18 14-0-2 Augmented to 10: 1934.
71 1903 EYNSFORD, St Martin 9-2-10 9-2-13
72 1904 SWANSCOMBE, Ss Peter & Paul 18-0-5 18-0-5
73 1904 ROCHESTER, Christ & the Blessed Virgin Mary 26 cwt approx. 30-0-14
74 1904 LYMINGE, Ss Mary & Eadburga 18-0-11 15-3-25
75 1907 SHOREHAM, Ss Peter & Paul 10-1-7 9-1-16
76 1909 MARDEN, St Michael & All Angels 14-2-0 12-3-23 Retuned in 2024
77 1910 BROMLEY COMMON, St Luke 15-1-8 15-1-8
78 1913 RAINHAM, St Margaret 18-0-20 18-0-20
79 1915 ERITH, Christ Church 17-0-23 17-0-23
80 1920 FRINDSBURY, All Saints 15-3-4 15-2-4
81 1920 NORTHFLEET, St Botolph 16 cwt approx. 14-0-10
82 1920 LINTON, St Nicholas 15 cwt approx. 15 cwt approx.
83 1923 CHERITON, St Martin 7-2-5 6-2-8
84 1923 TUNSTALL, St John the Baptist 8-2-4 10-1-8
85 1924 BRENCHLEY, All Saints 17-2-24 17-3-24
86 1924 ELTHAM, St John the Baptist 10-2-24 10-2-24
87 1926 LYDD, All Saints 15-2-7 15-2-7
88 1930 MILTON, Ss Peter & Paul 11-3-2 11-3-2
89 1933 THROWLEY, St Michael & All Angels 12-1-8 12-1-8
91 1938 BEXLEY, St Mary the Virgin 7-2-6 7-0-18
91 1935 CHISLEHURST, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 19-1-17 19-1-17
92 1949 MEOPHAM, St John the Baptist 12-1-10
93 1955 HORSMONDEN, St Margaret 19-0-27 17-2-10
94 1973 WHITSTABLE, St Alphege 3-1-13 3-1-13 The lightest ring of 8.
95 1979 EAST FARLEIGH, The Parish Church 7¾ cwt approx 7¾ cwt approx
96 1979 MAIDSTONE, St Michael & All Angels 6-1-24 6-1-24
97 1987 GREAT CHART, St Mary the Virgin 13-0-16 13-0-16
98 1993 BICKLEY, St George 14-1-9 14-1-9
99 1995 HOO ST WERBURGH, St Werburgh 15-3-6 15-3-6
100 1998 WITTERSHAM, St John the Baptist 16-2-8 16-2-8
101 1998 SHELDWICH, St James 7-1-26 7-0-26
102 2002 BRABOURNE, St Mary the Blessed Virgin 11-2-15 11-2-15
103 2005 BRASTED, St Martin 9-2-2 9-2-2
104 2007 HORTON KIRBY, St Mary 5-2-26 6-1-2
105 2007 CHEVENING, St Botolph 10-1-13 10-1-13
106 2008 EASTRY, St Mary the Blessed Virgin 16-3-20 16-3-20
107 2009 CHELSFIELD, St Martin of Tours 10-3-14 10-3-14
108 2011 HERNE, St Martin 12-2-5 12-2-5
109 2012 EDENBRIDGE, Fircroft Way (The Royal Jubilee Bells) 9-1-25 Transferred to the River Thames then the City of London (St James Garlickhythe).
110 2014 LYMPNE, St Stephen 11-2-4 11-2-4
111 2016 HOLLINGBOURNE, All Saints 13-2-24 13-1-24
112 2019 MILTON REGIS, Holy Trinity 9-2-24 9-2-24
113 2021 FARNBOROUGH, St Giles the Abbot 3-1-18 3-1-18