Newchurch, Ss Peter & Paul

Photo: Richard Offen

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 10-3-1 in F♯.
  • Grid Ref: TR053313
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry, made of jarrah wood
  • 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 4-1-1527⅞" D♯ 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 2 4-2-929¹⁵⁄₁₆" C♯ 1845 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel Removed 1969 Whitechapel
® 3 5-0-2530¹⁵⁄₁₆" B 1637 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Conventional 1969 Whitechapel
® 4 6-3-934" A♯ 1637 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Conventional 1969 Whitechapel
® 5 8-2-336¾" G♯ 1637 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Conventional 1969 Whitechapel
® Tenor 10-3-140⅝" F♯ 1637 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Conventional 1969 Whitechapel

®  - Hung for full circle ringing



1552 Record of 4 bells. [1]
1625 Joseph Hatch cast the tenor bell at St Margaret's, Canterbury, weighing 6-3-0.
1637 Ring of 5 cast by John Wilnar.
1799 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [2]
1845 Cracked treble (of 5) recast by Charles & George Mears.
1967 Fittings removed from the old 5.
1968 The tenor at St Margaret's, Canterbury was recast to form the treble to augment the ring of 5 to 6, in memory of John Willis. (The inscription says 1969, but the recasting took place in 1968.)
1969 Bells tuned, treble added from the metal of the tenor from St Margaret's, Canterbury, and hung in a new clockwise frame by Whitechapel (the previous frame was anticlockwise). The bells were rehallowed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
[1] Item iiij bells in the steple. Mem : Sold . . . . ij little sacryng bells. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] The church, which is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, is a large handsome building consisting of three isles and a chance, having a tower with a beacon turret at the west end, in which are five bells. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)


The new treble bell.
Photo: David Cawley

The new treble bell is inverted. Next to that is the tenor bell, with Bill Beeching looking on.
Photo: David Cawley, 23 Feb 1969

Another view of the tower showing a kink in the stages.
Photo: Richard Offen, Nov 2004
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2014-02-225040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2012-04-095040 Grandsire Doubles
2011-03-265040 Minor (3m)
1984-12-315040 Surprise Minor
1970-11-145040 Plain Bob Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-08-251320 Netherseale Surprise Minor
2017-07-041296 Man Of Kent Treble Place Minor
2016-04-011260 Grandsire Doubles
2015-04-121260 Plain Bob Minor
2013-12-301260 Plain Bob Minor
2012-08-241272 Plain Bob Minimus
2012-06-081260 Plain Bob Minor
2012-06-071260 Grandsire Doubles
2011-02-241440 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2009-05-171260 Grandsire Doubles
2007-10-281272 Plain Bob Minimus
2004-01-241260 Single Oxford Minor
1992-12-311260 Antelope Place Doubles
1984-08-181260 Plain Bob Doubles
1977-12-221260 Minor (2m)
1977-04-181260 St Clements Bob Minor
1971-10-241260 Doubles (5m)
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: 1 April 2016