Canterbury Cathedral, Central Tower
  • Single bell hung dead with electric solenoid hammer
  • Tenor: 8 cwt approx. in B♭
  • Grid Ref: TR151579
  • Frame: 1975 Cathedral Works Dept
  • Denomination: Church of England
  • Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.

  • Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    Bell Harry 8 cwt approx. 36¼" B♭ 1635 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never

    ꓕ- Hung dead

    Inscriptions on the Bells

    Prior Henry's original bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Date Founder Fate
    1 c. 1320 Unknown Replaced 1408
    2 c. 1320 Unknown Replaced 1408
    3 25-1-22 total c. 1320 Unknown Replaced 1408
    4 11-0-24 1316 Unknown Replaced 1408
    5 12-0-10 1316 Unknown Replaced 1408
    6 14-2-4 1316 Unknown Replaced 1408
    1408 Set of five bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Date Founder Fate
    1 1408 Unknown Transferred to Arundel Tower in 1433
    2 1408 Unknown Transferred to Arundel Tower in 1433
    3 1408 Unknown Transferred to Arundel Tower in 1433
    4 1408 Unknown Transferred to Arundel Tower in 1433
    5 64 cwt approx. 1408 Unknown Transferred to Arundel Tower in 1433
    History

    1316 Prior Henry placed 3 bells in Angel Steeple. Shortly after, 3 more bells were added to Angel Steeple.
    1408 Chillenden/Arundel replaced the bells in the Angel Steeple with a heavier five.
    1409 Angel Steeple bells were dedicated.
    1433 Angel Steeple bells were removed to North West Tower, replacing the existing bells which were themselves moved to the Oxford Tower.
    1500 Bell Harry Tower was completed and the 1288 Bell Harry installed on the top.
    1557 Sanctus Bell installed, probably in Bell Harry Tower.
    1585 Sanctus Bell removed and given to Eastbridge Hospital.
    1726 Bell Harry replaced by a second-hand 1635 Joseph Hatch bell from the dismantled ring of six in the Arundel Tower.
    1959 Bell Harry was given an electronically operated hammer.
    1975 Bell Harry was rehung in new steel frame.
    1981 Bell Harry was rehung dead on the top of the tower.

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    Page updated: 1 April 2016