Ruckinge, St Mary Magdalene

Photo: Dickon Love

  • 5 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 11-1-4 in A.
  • Grid Ref: TR024335
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1721 Samuel Knight (assumed)
  • 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 5-1-329¼" E 1721 Samuel Knight & John Waylett Removed Never
® 2 6-0-031³⁄₁₆" D 1721 Samuel Knight & John Waylett Removed Never
® 3 6-1-2032⅛" C♯ 1721 Samuel Knight & John Waylett Removed Never
® 4 8-3-1536" B 1721 Samuel Knight & John Waylett Removed Never
® Tenor 11-1-440⅝" A 1740 Thomas Lester, Whiechapel Removed Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing



1521 Roger Hawkyns bequesthed 2s. to repair the bells.
1529 Money for a treble bell bequeathed by John Sharp.
1552 Record of 3 bells. [1]
1721 4 or 5 bells were cast by Samuel Knight and John Waylett and hung in a new frame (the present one).
1740 Tenor recast or added by Thomas Lester.
1799 Record of 5 bells. [2]
1974 Bells rehung on new headstocks by the Kent C. A. They were fitted with ball bearings, new gudgeons, the crown staples were drilled out and new independent ones were provided with new top ends. The bells did not leave the tower but were weighed in the tower after the work by Alan Berry. The bells were rededicated on 28th April.
[1] Item iij bells in the steple. Sold ... a saunce bell. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen, is a very small building, having at the west end a pointed tower, out of which rises a small slender spire. In the tower there are five bells. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)


A view of the belfry.
Photo: Christopher J Cooper

The tenor.
Photo: Christopher J Cooper
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2005-05-145040 Doubles (11m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-05-071260 Grandsire Doubles
2016-06-031260 Grandsire Doubles
2014-04-021260 Doubles (5 Methods)
2012-06-071260 Doubles (2 methods)
2012-02-171260 Doubles (4m)
2011-12-081260 Grandsire Doubles
2008-11-101260 Plain Bob Doubles
2001-02-221260 Plain Bob Doubles
1993-06-261260 Grandsire Doubles
1991-09-171260 Plain Bob Doubles
1984-08-271260 Doubles (2m)
1982-07-171260 Stedman Doubles
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