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Lyminge, Ss Mary & Eadburga

Photo: Brian Butcher

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(Prior to retuning)
(1904 Plaque on wall)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 15-3-2518-0-1117¾ cwt approx.46" E 1759 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel 2002 Whitechapel
7 9-0-2640½" F♯ 1785 William Mears 2002 Whitechapel
6 8-3-637¹¹⁄₁₆" G♯ 1727 Samuel Knight, Southwark 2002 Whitechapel
5 7-1-035¾" A 1785 William Mears 2002 Whitechapel
4 6-2-2733¾" B 1631 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent 2002 Whitechapel
3 6-0-156-3-16-3-932⅜" C♯ 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 2002 Whitechapel
2 5-1-126-0-46-0-030¼" D♯ 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 2002 Whitechapel
Treble 4-3-145-1-245-1-2029" E 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 2002 Whitechapel


How the bells are tuned

Earlier ring of five bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 5)7¼ cwt approx.33¾"1631John WilnarNeverPresent 4th
2nd (of 5)1585Thomas HatchNeverRecast 1785
3rd (of 5)9½ cwt approx.37¹¹⁄₁₆"1727Samuel KnightNeverPresent 6th
4th (of 5)1727Samuel KnightNeverRecast 1785
Tenor (of 5)1508UnknownNeverRecast 1759

Later treble

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble6-2-1233"1810Thomas Mears INeverRecast 1904


1508 Tenor recast at the bequest of Rev'd Thomas Duffyn.
1552 Record of 5 bells. [1]
1585 2nd (of 5) recast by Thomas Hatch.
1631 Treble (of 5) recast by John Wilnar (this is the current 4th). Stahlschmidt writes that "Local tradition affirms that [this] bell was cast on the green near the church, and that silver coins were thrown into the molten metal by members of the Honywood ami
1727 3rd and 4th (of 5) recast by Samuel Knight.
1758 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [2]
1759 Tenor recast by Lester & Pack. In the inscription is the weight 18-0-27. Mears & Stainbank later estimated this to be too high.
1787 2nd and 4th (of 5) recast by William Mears.
1799 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [3]
1810 Treble added by Thomas Mears to make 6.
1904 Treble recast and 2 trebles added by Mears & Stainbank to make 8. Whole peal rehung in a new rivetted wrought steel frame.
1960 Bells rehung by Mears & Stainbank. Only the headstocks went to the foundry.
2002 Bells retuned by Whitechapel and rehung by Matthew Higby. Site work was carried out with the assistance of the KCACR.
[1] Item v belles in the steple. Item ij hand belles and ij sacryng belles. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] "The Church is an Handsome Building of Flint Stones; and consists of ye Body, and 1 Side Isle toward ye North. The whole Structure is cover’d with Lead. The Bells, which are 5 in Number, hang in a beautyfull Square Tower, at ye West End, having a Small Sp (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)
[3] The church, which is dedicated St. Mary and St. Eadburgh, consists of two isles and a chancel, having a square tower steeple, with a low pointed turret on it, at the west end, in which are five bells. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)


The 8 bells were removed in January, 2002, and loaded on this lorry heading for the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
Photo: Matthew Higby 2002
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2006-11-185024 Cambridge Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-07-061260 Kent Treble Place Triples
2017-05-081260 Grandsire Doubles (7-6-8 Cover)
2017-01-011260 St Simon's Bob Triples
2016-12-101260 St Nicholas Bob Triples
2016-06-111260 Grandsire Triples
2016-01-011260 St Simons Bob Triples
2015-12-051260 St Nicholas Bob Triples
2015-08-291260 Erin Triples
2015-05-141280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2015-05-091260 Grandsire Triples
2015-03-281260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
2015-02-131320 Grandsire Doubles
2015-01-011260 St Simons Bob Triples
2014-12-061260 St Nicholas Bob Triples
2014-11-151250 Cambridge Surprise Major
2014-11-081260 Grandsire Triples
2014-10-181260 Stedman Triples
2014-03-291344 Plain Bob Major
2014-03-151260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
2014-01-251260 Winchendon Bob Triples
2014-01-011260 St Simons Bob Triples
2013-12-211260 St Nicholas Bob Triples
2013-11-231344 Rutland Surprise Major
2013-11-091260 Stedman Triples
2013-10-051260 Grandsire Triples
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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