Sandhurst, St Nicholas

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 12-1-10 in F♯.
  • Grid Ref: TQ790273
  • Anticlockwise
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Tonbridge
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 5-1-2229½" D♯ 1931 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat 1962 John Taylor & Co
® 2 5-3-1331¾" C♯ 1607 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Removed 1962 John Taylor & Co
® 3 6-3-433½" B 1607 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Removed 1962 John Taylor & Co
® 4 9-1-636½" A♯ 1913 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat 1962 John Taylor & Co
® 5 9-3-2537½" G♯ 1470 John Kebyll, London Removed 2009 John Taylor & Co
® Tenor 12-1-1042½" F♯ 1619 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Removed 1962 John Taylor & Co

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
4th (of 6)36"1678William HillNeverRecast 1913
5th (of 6)9-3-2537½"1962John Taylor & Co.NeverReplaced 2009 and hung at Pitcombe in 2014 as a tenor


1460 -85 Bell cast by John Kebyll (destined to become the 4th of 5).
1607 Treble and 2nd (of 5) cast by Joseph Hatch.
1619 Tenor (of 5) cast by Joseph Hatch.
1678 Bell recast by William Hill. While it was probably the present 4th (3rd of 5), accounts from the time record it as the "4t", implying that there were 6 bells in the tower at the time. All the bells were rehung.
1684 Bells rehung.
1876 Bells rehung by John Warner with new fittings.
1913 4th recast and bells rehung with steel headstocks by Alfred Bowell. He added an additional pit for a future treble. [1]
1931 Treble added to make 6 by Mears & Stainbank.
1962 Bells retuned and rehung by John Taylor in a strengthened frame. The old 5th was replaced with a new bell, the old bell being displayed under the tower.
2009 The old cracked 5th was welded and put back into the tower, replacing the modern Taylor bell. The Taylor bell was acquired by the Keltek Trust for use elsewhere.
2014 The former 5th was hung at St Leonard, Pitcombe, Somerset as its new tenor. It was tuned down to 9-0-23. The work was done by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
[1] To recasting the 3rd bell and rehanging the whole peal of give including the rearranging and strengthening of the old framework and fixing the iron rope guides £80. To additional oak framework for the sixth bell and repairing the floor £5. Total £85. Paid cq 23 Mar 1913. (Bowell records, 7 Mar 1913)

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 1 April 2016