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Newnham, Ss Peter & Paul

Photo: Dickon Love, Dec 2010

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(As received 2009)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 2-3-2622⅝" G♯ 2009 Taylors Eayre & Smith Never
2 2-3-223-0-1724" F♯ 1867 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 2009 Taylors, Eayre & Smith
3 3-0-203-0-2024¾" E John Kebyll, London Never
4 4-0-264-0-2627¹¹⁄₁₆" D♯ John Kebyll, London Never
5 5-2-275-3-230⅜" C♯ 1772 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel Never
Tenor 7-0-187-0-2033⁷⁄₁₆" B John Kebyll, London Never


How the bells are tuned


1460 - 1485 Present treble, 2nd and tenor cast (the third may have also been cast at this time).
1772 3rd recast by Pack & Chapman.
1867 Bells rehung in a new 2-tier frame.
1980 Tower declared unsafe for the bells to be rung.
1990 Bells run by a maverick band of ringers (this is the last known ring on the bells). During the 1990s, the church put in a loudspeaker system. They were granted a retrospective faculty for this, provided they initiated measures to restore the bells. Nothing was done for a long time.
2009 The bells were rehung and the 2-tier frame was modified into 3 tiers. A new treble was cast by Taylors Eayre & Smith and a 2nd hand bell was donated by the Keltek Trust (origin unidentified, but came from a farmer in Wales).


Old photograph of the church.

Treble bell.
Photo: David Cawley, 1968

The 6 bells lined up at Loughborough.

The treble and 2nd.

The 4 old bells in 2009.

Looking up through the 3 tiers (tenor, 4th, 2nd).

The new treble bell.
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2012-06-165040 Surprise Minor
2012-01-025040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2011-01-055056 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
2010-12-285040 Surprise Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-10-221260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-09-091296 Newnham Treble Bob Minor
2018-08-081260 Doubles (1p/4m)
2017-03-311320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-08-011320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2015-12-301296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2015-06-271260 Minor (2m)
2013-08-211260 Minor (2m)
2013-05-291408 Bristol Surprise Major
2013-01-051260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
2011-08-071260 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles
2011-07-301296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2011-02-261260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
2009-06-171344 Bristol Surprise Major
2008-05-211344 Ashtead Surprise Major
2007-05-161260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
2006-11-161280 Plain Bob Major
2006-04-211280 Plain Bob Major
1994-08-161260 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