Lydd, All Saints

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 15-2-7 in G♭.
  • Grid Ref: TR042209
  • Complete ring cast at the same time
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1925 Gillett & Johnson, made from teak
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

  • A recording of Stedman Triples on the bells.(Nicholas J Davies, May 1981)

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 4-0-525½" G♭ 1925 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (1409) Flat Never
® 2 4-2-1826½" F 1925 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (1410) Flat Never
® 3 4-2-2127⅞" E♭ 1925 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (1411) Flat Never
® 4 5-1-1430" D♭ 1925 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (1412) Flat Never
® 5 7-1-033" C♭ 1925 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (1413) Flat Never
® 6 7-3-834⅜" B♭ 1925 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (1414) Flat Never
® 7 10-1-2538" A♭ 1925 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (1415) Flat Never
® Tenor 15-2-743" G♭ 1925 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (1416) Flat Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

How the bells are tuned

Earlier ring of five

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Treble5 cwt approx.30"C♯1608Joseph HatchNeverRecast 1925
2nd6 cwt approx.32"B1608Joseph HatchNeverRecast 1925
3rd7½ cwt approx.34½"A♯1608Joseph HatchNeverRecast 1925
4th9 cwt approx.38"G♯1607Joseph HatchNeverRecast 1925
Tenor14 cwt approx.43"F♯1693John HodsonNeverRecast 1925


1441 Accounts also show that a bell was cast in Lydd in 1441 (but there are no expenses for metal etc.) and that the number of bells at this time was 5 + a sanctus bell.
1442 -4 Tower partially rebuilt and heightened under the direction of Thomas Stanley, a mason who is believed to have worked under Thomas Mapylton. A bell hole of 72in was built into the vault. Is this evidence for a 60 cwt bell at some time?
1443 Arthur Finn’s 'Records of Lydd' (1911) records from the Chamberlain’s Account Book of 1443 - "Itm paid for boards for syntours (centres) for the vowte of the belfy, and for carpenters making it 13s 4d"
1521 Records show that a clock was in existance by this time.
1547 A set of chimes was installed.
1552 The Great Bell was taken down and sold to Partredge of Rye (a general merchant who provided lead for the church rood and gutters) for £25 10s - this price may give a clue to the size of the bell.
1607 4th (of 5) cast by Joseph Hatch.
1608 Treble, 2nd and 3rd (of 5) cast by Joseph Hatch.
1693 Tenor cast by John Hodson.
1799 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [1]
1925 The old bells were taken down and taken to Gillett & Johnston's in Croydon. Gillett & Johnston conducted a pitch test on the bells on 12th Oct. Bells recast into a ring of 8 by Gillett & Johnston and rehung in a new frame the following year.
[1] The church, which is exempted from the jurisdiction of the archdeacon, is dedicated to All Saints. It is a large handsome building, consisting of three isles and three chancels, having at the west end a well-built tower, with four pinnacles on it, of unequal size, with gilt vanes on them. There are five bells in it. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)


  • "Lydd Church Tower Restoration Appeal", CJC (The Ringing World) 3 October 1975
  • "New Year's Eve: A tale of Romney Marsh", Davies, Nicholas J (The Ringing World) 24 December 1993
  • Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2018-04-265024 Spliced Surprise Major
    2014-06-215056 Bristol Surprise Major
    2011-05-265184 Bristol Surprise Major
    2008-12-135088 Bristol Surprise Major
    2008-07-315120 Spliced Surprise Major
    2008-02-025022 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2006-12-025056 Spliced Surprise Major
    2006-10-145088 Yorkshire Suprise Major
    2006-06-035040 Grandsire Triples
    2005-03-075088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2003-01-045056 Spliced Surprise Major (6m)
    2002-03-085024 Spliced Surprise Major
    2002-01-265152 Superlative Surprise Major
    1998-05-045120 Spliced Surprise Major
    1996-04-085216 Bristol Surprise Major
    1994-11-125120 Catechol Surprise Major
    1992-09-265088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    1982-11-135056 London Surprise Major
    1968-11-305088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-12-301260 Grandsire Triples
    2019-05-241250 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
    2019-05-181260 Plain Bob Triples
    2018-12-101344 Westray Surprise Major
    2018-11-021273 Grandsire Triples
    2017-12-151250 Over Delight Major
    2016-05-241280 Kent Treble Bob Major
    2016-02-011260 Grandsire Triples
    2015-07-201250 Johannesburg Surprise Major
    2015-05-091260 Grandsire Triples
    2014-04-011280 Superlative Surprise Major
    2013-11-131250 Mortlake Surprise Major
    2013-06-241250 Higher Walton Surprise Major
    2013-05-291260 Doubles, 660 Plain Bob and 600 Grandsire
    2012-07-201250 Magormegakeggery Surprise Major
    2012-07-141344 Plain Bob Major
    2011-12-091280 Grantley Hall Surprise Major
    2011-02-171280 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2011-01-031280 Pudsey Surprise Major
    2010-06-101288 Middlesex Bob Triples
    2009-07-051260 Grandsire Triples
    2008-06-301260 Plain Bob Triples
    2008-01-031250 Quedgeley Surprise Major
    2007-12-141344 Falmouth Surprise Major
    2006-12-151250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    Full list of peals on Bellboard here
    Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

    Elsewhere in the Parish

    Lydd, Lydd Camp
    Single bell (plus possibly a clock bell)
    Lydd, School
    Formerly single bell, ½ cwt approx

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