Otham, St Nicholas

Photo: KCACR Maidstone District website

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 7-1-3 in A.
  • Grid Ref: TQ789540
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1906 Mears & Stainbank, made of timber, extended by John Taylor Bellfounders in 2011
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Maidstone
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)

(As supplied)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 3-1-1124⅝" F♯ 2011 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
® 2 3-2-725¾" E 1925 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat
® 3 4-1-027¼" D 1925 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat
® 4 5-0-1930³⁄₁₆" C♯ 1755 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel Conventional 2018 John Taylor
® 5 6-1-732¼" B William Dawe, London Conventional 2018 John Taylor
® Tenor 7-1-37-1-1135¹⁄₁₆" A 1906 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Doncaster 2018 John Taylor

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


How the bells are tuned

Previous bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Tenor7-0-2235"1714Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1906


1385 -1418 A bell was cast by William Dawe.
1667 Record of 3 bells. Tenor was rehung on a new headstock.
1672 Bells rehung.
1714 Tenor cast by Richard Phelps.
1755 Present treble cast by Lester & Pack, costing £10. 19s/1d
1906 Tenor recast by Mears & Stainbank who quarater-turned and rehung the bells in a new frame. Before that the bells used to hang between the tower roof supports.
1963 Ringing resumed when Mr Tyler begand to teach a band.
2012 Two Alfred Bowell bells were acquired through the Keltek Trust from the former ring of 5 at Campton, Beds, which themselves were replaced with a new ring of 8 in 2006. These were hung with a new treble, cast by John Taylor in 2011, to augment the ring of 3 to 6 in a new separate cast iron frame, by John Taylor.


The three trebles at John Taylor Bellfounders. Two bells from Campton by Alfred Bowell, and a new treble cast at Loughborough
Photo: David Cawley. 2012

The Taylor treble in 2012.
Photo: David Cawley. 2012

Pictures from the 2018 restoration

The wheels arrived.
Photo: Rev'd Richard Love, 2018

Close up of the inscriptions on the tenor.
Photo: Rev'd Richard Love, 2018

The ancient 5th.
Photo: Rev'd Richard Love, 2018

The 5th showing the weld.
Photo: Rev'd Richard Love, 2018

The 5th
Photo: Rev'd Richard Love, 2018

The 5th.
Photo: Rev'd Richard Love, 2018

Peal Boards

Timber Bell/Restoration Detail Board dated approx. 2016

Photo: Richard A Love, 1 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 2016
23 Apr 2016: 5040 Doubles (4m) (1st peal on the bells.)

Photo: Richard A Love, 1 May 2017

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-10-295040 Surprise Minor
2016-04-235040 Doubles
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2022-02-071284 Plain Bob Minor
2019-10-101260 Doubles (3m)
2019-08-041260 Doubles (3m)
2019-08-011260 Doubles (5m)
2019-06-081260 Doubles (3m)
2019-05-221260 Plain Bob Minor
2019-04-251260 Doubles
2019-02-071260 Doubles (3m)
2018-11-111260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-11-011296 Single Oxford Bob Minor
2018-08-191320 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-06-161284 Plain Bob Minor
2017-10-221260 Doubles (5m)
2017-10-161320 Doubles (4m)
2017-08-031320 Doubles (5m)
2017-07-061260 Mixed Doubles
2017-07-031260 Julie McDonnell Doubles
2017-06-121320 Doubles (3m)
2017-04-201260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
2017-03-291260 Doubles
2017-03-201260 Plain Bob Minor
2017-02-081260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-01-141320 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-12-061320 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles
2016-07-211320 Doubles (3m)
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: 29 July 2018