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Kingsnorth, St Michael

Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 2-3-1323¾" F♯ 1976 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
2 3-1-125⅜" E 1695 James Bartlett, Whitechapel 1977 Whitechapel
3 3-3-1727¾" D 1728 Samuel Knight, Southwark 1977 Whitechapel
4 4-1-629⅜" C♯ 1914 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1977 Whitechapel
5 6-1-2532¾" B 1976 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
Tenor 8-1-636½" A 1654 William Hatch 1977 Whitechapel


The original Samuel Knight ring of five

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble4-1-2127¹³⁄₁₆"D1728Samuel KnightNeverNow the 3rd in the present ring
2nd4-2-2128¹³⁄₁₆"C♯1727Samuel KnightNeverMelted down 1976
3rd5-0-2130¹¹⁄₁₆"B1727Samuel KnightNeverMelted down 1976
4th6-2-633⅞"A1727Samuel KnightNeverMelted down 1976
Tenor10-0-038³⁄₁₆"G1728Samuel KnightNeverMelted down 1976


1552 Record of 3 bells.
1654 Tenor bell cast for St Nicholas, Rochester by Joseph Hatch.
1695 Treble bell cast for St Nicholas, Rochester by James Bartlett.
1727 -8 Ring of 5 cast by Samuel Knight in the Lydian scale.
1758 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [1]
1900 Bell frame made for the six bells at Tunstall.
1914 Middle bell added to St Nicholas, Rochester by Mears & Stainbank.
1969 The 5 bells were made ringable for short periods of time after work by Mr B. Johnson of Smarden.
1976 The 3 bells from St Nicholas, Rochester were incorporated as bells 2, 4, 6 of a new ring of 6. The treble of the old 5 became the 3rd. The other bells were recast into bells 1 and 5 by Whitechapel. The bells at Tunstall were rehung in a new frame a year earlier. The parish gave their old frame to Kingsnorth for their bells. The frame was designed by the KCACR (Alan Berry), built at Ashford Railway Works and all the work in the tower (including building the ringing gallery with the old clappers in the balustrade) was carried out by Alan Berry, Nick Davies, Keith Davis, David Joyce, Dawn Petts and Richard Offen. The old tenor was kept for a while as a possible replacement for the cracked 7th at Boughton-under-Blean, but it proved too large.
[1] "In The Tower, which is at ye West End, hang 5 Musicall Bells, with the following Inscriptions. 1. Praise The Lord Your King. 1728. 2. Anthony Jarvis, C.W. S.K. fecit 1727. 3. John Taylor, C.W. S.K. fecit. 1727. 4. Samuel Knight fecit. 1727. 5. Thomas Reader, Rector. S.K. made Me, 1728." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)


  • "The Bells of Kingsnorth", Berry, Alan P S (The Ringing World) 1 January 1977
  • Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2013-01-265040 Doubles (4m)
    2010-11-065040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2008-01-265040 Surprise Minor
    1977-12-175040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-10-231260 Single Canterbury Pleasure Bob Minor
    2019-05-061260 Doubles (3m)
    2016-05-021260 Minor (2m)
    2015-10-291260 Doubles (11m/p/V)
    2014-12-061272 Doubles (18m/V/p)
    2014-04-021296 Ripple Surprise Minor
    2013-12-281320 Surprise Minor (2m)
    2013-09-281296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2013-06-201260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
    2013-03-021260 Doubles (11m/V)
    2012-06-071260 Grandsire Doubles
    2011-12-091260 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles
    2011-07-021296 Humber Delight Minor
    2011-03-191260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2009-01-171440 Spliced Surprise Minor (6m)
    2008-04-271320 Carlisle Surprise Minor
    2005-08-291272 Wells Surprise Minor
    2003-09-271260 Doubles (3m)
    1985-09-281260 Doubles (41m/V)
    1981-09-031440 Ipswich Surprise Minor
    1980-11-071260 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