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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.
  • Diocese: 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 Retuned
Tenor 9-2-1738" A♭ 1675 John Hodson, Whitechapel 1983 Whitechapel
5 6-2-2634" B♭ 1825 Thomas Mears II 1983 Whitechapel
4 5-3-931½" C 1983 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
3 5-0-630½" D♭ 1675 John Hodson, Whitechapel 1983 Whitechapel
2 4-2-04-3-028½" E♭ 1861 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 1983 Whitechapel
Treble 4-1-0 F 1794 Edward Arnold, Leicester 1983 Whitechapel


Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
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 Jan1 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 the
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.
2017-11-181260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-10-151320 Annable's London Surprise Minor
2017-09-171296 Netherseale Surprise Minor
2017-07-161272 Westminster Surprise Minor
2017-05-291260 Minor (2m)
2017-04-161260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-03-191272 Carlisle Surprise Minor
2017-02-191272 Cambridge Surprise Minor and Norwich Surprise Minor
2017-01-151272 Norwich Surprise Minor
2016-12-221272 Norwich Surprise Minor
2016-12-151260 Doubles (3m: Reverse Canterbury, Grandsire, Plain Bob)
2016-12-041269 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-11-061272 Hull Surprise Minor
2016-10-021296 Spliced Surprise Minor (4m: Bourne, Cambridge, Beverley, Surfleet)
2016-09-181260 Grandsire Doubles
2016-08-071272 Bourne Surprise Minor
2016-07-031320 Primrose Surprise Minor
2016-06-251344 Bob Minor
2016-06-051272 Norwich Surprise Minor
2016-05-011260 St Clements College Bob Minor
2016-04-031296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-03-201260 Grandsire Doubles
2016-03-061320 Ipswich Surprise Minor
2016-02-071260 Stedman Doubles
2015-12-061280 December Doubles
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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