High Halstow

High Halstow, St Margaret

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 9-2-17 in A♭.
  • Grid Ref: TQ779752
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1983, locally made using Whitechapel frame castings.
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)

(As supplied)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 4-1-0 F 1794 Edward Arnold, Leicester Conventional 1983 Whitechapel
® 2 4-2-04-3-028½" E♭ 1861 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Removed 1983 Whitechapel
® 3 5-0-630½" D♭ 1675 John Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional 1983 Whitechapel
® 4 5-3-931½" C 1983 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 5 6-2-2634" B♭ 1825 Thomas Mears II Removed 1983 Whitechapel
® Tenor 9-2-1738" A♭ 1675 John Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional 1983 Whitechapel

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
3rd (of 5)32¼"B1825Thomas Mears IINeverRecast in 1983
Treble (of 5)4-2-528"E♭1729Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1861


1420 Earliest bellframe known to be installed, probably for 4 bells. The tower was probably of timber construction with a spire.
1675 Present 3rd and tenor cast.
1729 A bell was cast by Richard Phelps, 28 inches in diameter.
1788 The first peal was rung on the bells, being 42 "different 5 bell peals". The bells at this time were in the key of A flat minor.
1794 A bell was cast for St Luke's, Kinoulton, Notts.
1825 The tower was rebuilt in brick. Some portions of the old bellframe was used in the construction of the roof. A sub frame of the old frame supported a new "X" braced frame. The 4th and present 5th were recast by Thomas Mears.
1860 Bells were repaired.
1861 The 1729 Phelps bell was recast to form the present 2nd.
1983 01/01/2001 00:00:00 The bells, fittings, frame and the trusswork beneath were all dismantled. In January, the bells went to Whitechapel where the (then) treble, 2nd, 4th and tenor were tuned and the 3rd recast to place them in a major key. The canons were retained on the then 2nd and tenor. There was a row over the trusswork, and it was supposed to have gone to the (former) Medway heritage centre in St Mary the Virgin, Chatham. The bells were augmented to six with a bell reclaimed from the former ring of five at Kinoulton, Notts. This is the only Arnold of Leicester bell in Kent, and was tuned and fitted up by Whitechapel. In March, the frame having been assembled, R Offen & D Cawley hoisted & hung the bells with an army of local assistance in one day, starting at 9 am. finishing at 6 pm, when they were rung from the base of the tower with no floors between the ringers & the bells. The bells were dedicated in May.
1993 Whitechapel having produced a new type of canon-retaining headstock, the prototype was tried out on High Halstow tenor and, proving successful, was exchanged for the traditional one.
1998 The experimental headstock on the tenor having proved so successful, it was exchanged for a definitive one, and the old-style headstock of the third was similarly replaced.


The 2nd bell hanging in its new pit.
Photo: David Cawley, 1983

Hoisting the 5th. Both pics March 1983.
Photo: David Cawley, 1983

A touching picture of David Cawley and Richard Offen working in the belfry in 1983.
Photo: David Cawley, 1983
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2007-12-055040 Minor
2006-08-265040 Surprise Minor
1990-12-295040 Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-03-151272 Wells Surprise Minor
2020-03-021296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2020-01-191272 Durham Surprise Minor
2019-11-171296 Lightfoot Surprise Minor
2019-10-201320 King Edward Surprise Minor
2019-09-151440 Wearmouth Surprise Minor
2019-07-211272 Cunecastre Surprise Minor
2019-05-191296 Bacup Surprise Minor
2019-05-181272 Plain Bob Minimus
2019-04-211269 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2019-02-171272 Chester Surprise Minor
2019-01-201272 Sandiacre Surprise Minor
2018-12-291320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2018-11-241380 Grandsire Doubles
2018-11-181272 London Surprise Minor
2018-10-141320 Wooler Surprise Minor
2018-09-011260 Grandsire Doubles
2018-06-021272 Ipswich Surprise Minor
2018-05-201320 Munden Surprise Minor
2018-05-121260 Doubles (3m)
2018-04-291269 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2018-03-181440 Chester Surprise Minor
2018-02-181320 Allendale Surprise Minor
2018-01-211296 Norfolk Surprise Minor
2017-11-181260 Plain Bob Doubles
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 1 April 2016