Lympne, St Stephen

Photo: Richard Offen, 2004

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 11-2-4 in G.
  • Grid Ref: TR119346
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry, made of timber
  • 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

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 4-1-1225⅜" G 2004 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 2 4-2-826.25" F♯ 2004 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 3 4-0-2126½" E 1951 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat 1969 Whitechapel
® 4 4-3-1629" D 1742 Robert Catlin, Holborn Removed 1969 Whitechapel
® 5 5-3-430½" C 1742 Robert Catlin, Holborn Removed 1969 Whitechapel
® 6 6-3-1133" B 1742 Robert Catlin, Holborn Removed 1969 Whitechapel
® 7 8-2-436" A 1744 Robert Catlin, Holborn Removed 1969 Whitechapel
® Tenor 11-2-439½" G 1742 Robert Catlin, Holborn Removed 1969 Whitechapel

®  - Hung for full circle ringing



1552 Record of 4 bells. [1]
1580 2 bells were acquired from Westhythe. Together with the existing bells, they were recast into a new ring of 5.
1742 -4 Bells recast by Robert Catlin.
1757 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [2]
1799 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [3]
1879 Dec. Major tower restoration completed.
1921 Bells reported as being unringable.
1928 The anticlockwise bell frame was lowered in the tower and strengthened. Bells rehung. Ringing room moved from upstairs to the ground floor.
1951 Bells rehung and treble added by Mears & Stainbank to make 6.
1969 Bells tuned and rehung clockwise in a new frame by Whitechapel. Ringing room moved back upstairs.
1970 4th Jan. Bells rededicated.
1976 Clappers overhauled.
2015 The ring of 6 was augmented with two trebles, originally cast for Seattle by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry but subsequently becoming surplus when that tower wanted a different (lighter) specification for its new ring. The bells were acquired through the Keltek Trust via John Taylor & Co. The inscriptions on the waists were turned off very neatly, so much so that you cannot see where they were. The fittings and additional steel frame were provided by Taylors and the hanging work was led by Brian Butcher, Tower Captain and Red Leader of the Kent County Association Bell Restoration Squad.
[1] First iiij bells in the stepell. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] "This Church seems to have been larger; but, it consists at present only of The Chancell, Body, and Side Isle, to ye North. It has a Tower Steeple, which stands about The Middle of The Building, with 5 Bells; all made by Robert Catling, in ye Year 1742." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1757)
[3] It is a fine antient building, of two isles and a high chancel, having a square tower, which stands in the middle of the south isle, and sparates it from the chancel. There are five bells in it. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2022-03-105024 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
2010-05-225040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2002-03-025040 Surprise Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2022-02-181372 Plain Bob Triples
2020-02-031260 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-10-231260 Plain Bob Triples
2019-02-161260 Hunslet Bob Triples
2018-05-021260 Plain Bob Triples
2017-07-041280 Zonda Surprise Major
2017-06-281250 Badsey Surprise Major
2017-02-061260 Grandsire and Plain Bob Doubles
2016-10-231260 Grandsire and Plain Bob Doubles
2016-04-211260 Plain Bob Triples
2015-06-071260 Plain Bob Minor
2015-05-141296 London Scholars' Pleasure Treble Bob Minor
2015-03-291260 Plain Bob Doubles
2014-06-261260 Plain Bob Minor
2013-09-301260 Grandsire Doubles
2013-08-211260 Grandsire Doubles
2013-06-231260 Plain Bob Minor
2013-05-111260 Plain Bob Doubles
2013-03-231272 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2012-08-241272 Plain Bob Minimus
2012-06-101260 Grandsire Doubles
2012-01-081260 Plain Bob Doubles
2011-10-081260 Grandsire Doubles
2011-10-021380 Grandsire Doubles
2011-04-251260 Plain Bob Doubles and Grandsire 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: 15 April 2020