Newnham, Ss Peter & Paul

Photo: Dickon Love, Dec 2010

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 7-0-18 in B.
  • Grid Ref: TQ953576
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)

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

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


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.
2022-05-251280 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
2022-05-201260 Plain Bob Minor
2022-05-141344 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2021-11-221260 Grandsire Triples
2021-11-051260 Doubles (3m)
2021-09-141312 Ashtead Surprise Major
2020-02-141260 Plain Bob Doubles
2020-01-021264 Plain Bob Major
2019-12-181250 Cambridge Surprise Major
2019-12-151260 Grandsire Triples
2019-12-081280 Kent Treble Bob Major
2019-11-261344 Grandsire Major
2019-09-021260 Grandsire Triples
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
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