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Leeds, St Nicholas

Photo: Dickon Love

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 17½ cwt approx47¼" E 1617 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never
9 12-1-042⅝" F♯ 1911 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Never
8 10 cwt approx.38.5" G♯ 1638 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Never
7 6-3-2635.5" A 1911 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Never
6 7¼ cwt approx34¹⁄₁₆" B 1751 Robert Catlin, Holborn Never
5 6 cwt approx.31⅝" C♯ 1751 Robert Catlin, Holborn Never
4 5¾ cwt approx30⅛" D♯ 1751 Robert Catlin, Holborn Never
3 5¼ cwt approx28⅞" E 1751 Robert Catlin, Holborn Never
2 4¾ cwt approx27⅜" F♯ 1751 Robert Catlin, Holborn Never
Treble 4 cwt approx.26⅞" G♯ 1751 Robert Catlin, Holborn Never


Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
7th6-3-2636"1638John WilnarNeverRecast 1911
9th12-1-039"1638John WilnarNeverRecast 1911


c 1000 A small church was built by the Anglo-Saxons.
c 1200 The Normans added a tower and enlarged the church.
1540 By this time the original church building had been enlarged further and the Anglo-Saxon parts rebuilt. The Leeds Abbey on the south side of the church had been dissolved and no-longer controlled the activities of the church. There may have been bels at th
1617 A Great Bell weighing about one ton was cast by Joseph Hatch and hung in the tower.
1638 John Wilnar cast 3 lighter bells, making them four.
1751 A major restoration of the church took place. Henry Meredith of Leeds Abbey paid for a bell (the present 5th). The present 6th was paid for by Churchwardens Robert Hatch (maybe a relation of Joseph and William Hatch) and William Woollett. The lighter four
1898 Some bells were quarter turned and (unsatisfactorily) rehung.
1911 Alfred Bowell rehung the bells on new plain bearings. He also recast the 7th and 9th bells and cut the canons off the rest (except 1 and 2), fitting them on RSJ-type headstocks. The tenor was fitted with an independent clapper staple. Ellacombe apparatus
1923 Alfred Bowell supplied new gudgeons & rehung the tenor. [1]
1933 Alfred Bowell supplied some second hand handbells which appear to have been returned without payment. [2]
1956 Ringing resumed after prompt action against deathwatch beetle.
1963 The spire was replaced and the ringing room redecorated. Carelessness with the redecoration resulted in the loss of much of the interesting writing on wooden panelling around the walls by ringers of the 19th Century.
c 1985 During the 1980s, the space below the ringing room was converted into a kitchen and meeting room. The Ellacombe Hammers were removed and an ugly heating system was installed in the ringing room.
2000 The Ellacombe Hammers were cleaned with the intention of replacing them.
[1] To supplying new gudgeons & rehanging the tenor bell in Leeds church including expenses £14. Less station 3/10 Total £13-16-2. Paid cq. 11 June 1923. (Bowell record, 22 May 1923)
[2] 1933 March: To set of S.H. [second hand] handbells £3-5-0. [makred "returned"]. No payment received. 1938 7 Jan: To 10 new bell ropes as per cont. £11. net. Paid cq 11 Jan 1938. (Bowell records)


The belfry.
Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2000

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2000

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2000
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-05-035040 Darton Exercise Delight Royal
2015-05-195043 Stedman Caters
2014-08-235003 Grandsire Caters
2014-04-225021 Grandsire Caters
2013-07-305040 Minor
2013-03-195040 Spliced Surprise Royal
2012-12-045042 Bristol Surprise Royal
2012-08-245040 Minor (4m)
2003-10-185021 Grandsire Caters
2003-08-315120 Kent Treble Bob Major
2002-09-175000 Spliced Surprise Royal
2001-11-016480 Plain Bob Caters
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-01-311280 Oxford Treble Bob Major
2016-11-041259 Grandsire Caters
2016-10-291259 Grandsire Caters
2016-10-211260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-09-251260 Plain Bob Minor
2016-09-111260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-09-081260 Plain Bob Minor
2016-07-101260 Doubles (3m)
2016-06-251260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-06-251260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-04-301280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2016-01-011250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2015-11-221296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2015-10-271260 Single Oxford Minor
2015-09-041260 Doubles (5 Methods)
2015-08-281260 Doubles (4m)
2015-01-021259 Grandsire Caters
2014-10-051259 Grandsire Caters
2014-09-141260 St Clements C Bob Minor
2014-09-061320 Doubles (3m)
2014-08-101260 Plain Bob Triples
2014-06-221296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2014-01-121260 doubles[2 M]
2013-12-081260 St Nicholas College Bob Minor
2013-11-241296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Leeds, Castle, The Maiden's Tower
Single bell hung for swing chiming but unringable

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