Milton Regis

Milton Regis, Holy Trinity

Photo: Dickon R Love, 23 Mar 2022

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 9-2-24 in G.
  • Grid Ref: TQ908654
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: Medieval short headed timber frame for 5, extended with a timber pit to make 6 in 1934, and with 2 more steel pits in 2019
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)*

(1681 Churchwarden accounts)

(Mears dispatched 1890)

(Bowell dispatched 1934)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 3-2-1924½" G 2019 Westley Group, Cradley Heath Flat Never
® 2 3-2-1525⅜" F# 2019 Westley Group, Cradley Heath Flat Never
® 3 4-2-174-3-328" E 1934 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat 2019 Whites
® 4 4-2-74-3-254-2-1629" D 1681 James Bartlett, Whitechapel Conventional 1934 Bowell, 2019 Whites
® 5 5-0-225-2-195-1-2530½" C 1681 James Bartlett, Whitechapel Conventional 1934 Bowell, 2019 Whites
® 6 6-0-46-2-236-1-1132½" B 1681 James Bartlett, Whitechapel Conventional 1934 Bowell, 2019 Whites
® 7 7-3-178-1-258-0-1936" A 1681 James Bartlett, Whitechapel Conventional 1934 Bowell, 2019 Whites
® Tenor 9-2-2411-1-2410-3-1340" G 1890 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Doncaster 1934 Bowell, 2019 Whites

* Source of weight figures: Whites of Appleton
®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
Single level 1 3,4,5,7,8 Timber
Single level 1.1 6 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Timber
Single level 1.2 1,2 2019 Whites of Appleton Steel


Original ring of 4

Bell DateFounderRetunedFate
1NeverRecast 1681
2NeverRecast 1681
3NeverRecast 1681
4NeverRecast 1681

1681 tenor

Bell Weight
(most recent)*
Tenor (of 5)12-0-151681James BartlettNeverCracked, so recast in 1890.

* Source of weight figures: Churchwarden accounts


1681 A ring of 5 was cast by James Bartlett from an earlier ring of 4 bells which together weighed 37-1-5. As the frame is mediaeval (i.e. earlier than this date) and is for 5 bells, there may have been, at some stage, 5 bells. The new 5 bells were reported to have been cast on 5 Nov and were hung in the old frame by William Broomfield. [1]
1882 The East Kent Gazette visited the church and reported on the sorry state of the belfry, noting the cracked tenor and all the rubbish in the tower. [2]
1887 Tenor reported by Stahlschmidt to be cracked.
1889 The tower was surveyed by Dr F Grayling, who having already raised funds to replace the cracked bell, put forward to two plans to rehang the bells either in the existing frame or in a new frame for six bells lower down. A committee was formed to investigate the options. [3]
1890 Tenor recast by Mears & Stainbank.
1934 Peal rehung, tenor recast and a treble was added to make 6, being the gift of J. Dixon, Esq. [4]
2019 The bells were augmented to 8 with the addition of 2 trebles cast by the Westley Group. They were hung in additional framework by Whites of Appleton and dedicated on Sunday 25 August.
[1] The fifth day of November 1681. The five new bells now belonging to Milton Church was at then new cast: and their weights are as followeth. The littell bell 04=03=25, 2 bell 05=0½=19, 3 bell 06=0½=23, 4 bell 08=0¼=25, 5 bell 12=00=15 [Total] 37=3=23. The waite of the 4 old bells was 37=¼=05. Addition of 00=½=18 new mettoll. For weighing and wharfage for the old Bells 1-6-00. Expended when the old Bells were gone to London 00-1-6. Expended when the new Bells were brought home 00-1-6. Expended at several times near the Bellfounders 00-15-00. The Bellfounders for new raising [?casting] the Bells 41-00-00. Wm Broomfield as by his bill 24-00-00. (Churchwarden's Accounts)
[2] A VISIT TO MILTON CHURCH ... Not the least interesting is the interior of the tower, divided by an incongruous singing [sic] loft, and a screen of a character which must be seen to be appreciated, being in fact a piece of theatrical scenery. Having entered we find that this place is appropriated to the most base purposes - rubbish, building material: in fact so bad is everything here that we are led to believe this is no portion of the consecrated enclosure. Making now an ascent to the upper chambers, which are alike in size and height, and full of rubbish, and from which we gain, by small openings, views of the grand interior, the bell chamber is at length reached. But a few years ago here was a most musical ring of five bells: by some circumstances, which were at the time reported in this journal the tenor became cracked, and has been allowed to remain, instead of at once being sent to a foundry where interest would have been allowed for the metal, which by this time would have covered more than the price of a new bell, or been available for other purposes. The summit is in good condition, far better than many about, the lead being bolted together with iron nuts. (East Kent Gazette - Sat 14 Oct 1882)
[3] MILTON CHURCH BELLS.- A meeting was held at the George Inn on Thursday, the 17th instant, to consider the best means of raising the necessary funds for strengthening the frame and re-hanging the bells in the parish church of Milton. The Vicar, Rev. R. Payne Smith presided, and among those present were Rev. F. A. Dale, Dr. F. Grayling, Messrs. W. Hyder, C. Pillow, J. S. Budds, W. Parham, G. Jordan, J. H. Tonge, J. Videan, W. Iggulden, W. H. Willson, T. Goord, J. Knowles, H. Felton, and T. Pike. The Chairman, having explained that Dr. Grayling had raised sufficient funds to take down and re-cast the cracked tenor bell, and that the work had already been commenced under the sanction of the Building Committee, pointed out that it seemed advisable to have a distinct committee appointed to carry out the work of re-hanging the peal. Mr. Hyder then read the resolution of the Building Committee concening the present meeting. Dr. F. Grayling, who illustrated his remarks by a sketch plan of the tower and photographs, gave a long and interesting account of the condition of the bells and fittings. He stated that the bells had never been re-hung since the time they were first placed in the the tower, that the fittings and working parts were greatly worn, and the bells much dished by the clappers continually striking in the same position, and that it was urgently necessary to quarter turn them. He then explained what work he considered to be desirable, and pointed out that two schemes were possible; first, to rehang the bells in the existing frame, the cost of which was roughly estimated at £28/10/0; and secondly, to erect a new frame for six bells and rehang the present five in the lower portion of the bell chamber, at an estimated cost of £85. He drew the attention of the meeting to the actual state of the tower, pointing out that the timbers of the existing bell frame supported the lead covered roof, and giving his opinion that the life and movement caused by ringing the bells were the chief factor in the crack in the tower wall. He explained that the frame was now above the buttresses of the tower, and strongly urged that, to prevent any further risk of damage, the bells should be re-hung on the lower level, which would receive the support of the buttresses and additional thickness of the lower walls. He also stated that if the second scheme were carried out it would greatly increase the sound given by the bells. After some discussion the following committee was appointed to inspect the tower and bells, to receive a more detailed estimate, and to raise the necessary funds for carrying out the work, viz., the Vicar, Rev. F. A. Dale, and Messrs. C. Pillow, W. Hyder, J. H. Tonge, W. Parham, J. S. Budds, G. Jordan, Dr. F. Grayling, T. Pike, W. H. Willson, T. Goord, and W. Iggulden. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Dr. Grayling for his very clearly detailed statement, and the meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the chairman. (East Kent Gazette - Sat 26 Oct 1889)
[4] To rehanging the five bells £95. Carriage & tuning same £10. To new treble bell £55. Cleaning & treating bell frame £5. To five new bell ropes £5. Total £170. Paid cq. On a/c £100 27 Aug 1934. cq £70 19 Nov 1934. (Bowell records, 1 Sept 1934)


The belfry.
Photo: Bryn Clinch, 2013

Photo: Bryn Clinch, 2013

Photo: Bryn Clinch, 2013

Peal Boards

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1935
12 May 1935: 5040 Doubles (1p/2m) (Silver Jubilee of King George V.)

Photo: Christopher Trafford, 15 August 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1967
22 Apr 1967: 5040 Plain Bob Minor (Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II.)

Photo: Christopher Trafford, 15 August 2017

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-02-105040 Doubles
2017-04-015040 Doubles
2009-10-045040 Surprise Minor
1945-07-025040 Minor (7m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2023-12-021260 Plain Bob Minor
2023-11-261250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2023-11-121260 Grandsire Triples
2023-11-111260 Doubles (3m)
2023-10-291260 Plain Bob Doubles
2023-10-011260 Doubles (2m)
2023-09-241250 Cambridge Surprise Major
2023-09-041260 Doubles (1p/3m)
2023-08-271280 Spliced Surprise Major (6m)
2023-07-261260 Doubles (3m)
2023-07-231280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2023-07-081260 Doubles (5m)
2023-05-281280 Spliced Surprise Major (5m)
2023-05-061260 Grandsire Triples
2023-04-231250 Superlative Surprise Major
2023-03-261280 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2023-02-141260 Doubles (3m)
2022-11-271287 Grandsire Triples
2022-11-131260 Doubles (3m)
2022-09-191260 Plain Bob Triples
2022-06-261260 Doubles (3m)
2022-06-171280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2022-06-021260 Plain Bob Doubles
2020-03-151287 Grandsire Triples
2020-03-141344 Plain Bob Major
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Milton Regis, Market House
Formerly single bell

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 23 March 2022