Biggin Hill

Biggin Hill, St Mark

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 6-1-24 in B.
  • Grid Ref: TQ419589
  • Complete ring cast at the same time
  • Rung from: Upstairs in Detached Tower
  • Frame: 1959 John Taylor & Co., 2 tier frame with the tenor below the other 5.
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Lewisham
  • 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 2-2-1222½" G♯ 1959 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
® 2 3-0-524" F♯ 1959 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
® 3 3-0-2025" E 1959 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
® 4 3-2-426" D♯ 1959 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
® 5 4-2-028½" C♯ 1959 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
® Tenor 6-1-2432" B 1959 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
Lower tier 1 6 1959 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Cast iron

Upper tier 2 1,2,3,4,5 1959 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Cast iron



c 1920 Mission church built with 1 small swing chiming bell.
1954 Rev'd Vivian Symons acquired All Saints, Peckham for dismantling for materials for Biggin Hill. The bell from this church was brought, inscribed "Ring out the old, ring in the new, ring out the false, ring in the true" by Mears & Stainbank.
1957 -1959 New tower designed and built by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott & Partner.
1958 The All Saints bell was given to the RAF Chapel in Biggin Hill. A new tower and bells were ordered. The tower was designed and built by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott & Partner. The bells were from John Taylor & Co.
1959 The bells were cast and hung in the new tower. The tenor was hung just above the ringing room with the other five above on one level. The new church was consecrated by the Bishop of Rochester where the bells rang out on 25 Apr.
1980 Maintenance provided by John Taylor.

The building of the church

The following photographs come and text come, with permission, from "The Moving Church" which is the Vicar's account of the building of the church using that of All Saints, Peckham. More information can be found from the Biggin Hill - Then and Now website

"To my surprise the first person I asked for directions to reach the Church did not know where it was: the second said vaguely that the Vicarage was further down the road. As I walked through the village it somehow did not seem right; many of the houses a

An old church was found - All Saints', North Peckham SE15. Built in 1894 but had been disused for many years. "As I turned out of the Old Kent Road into Trafalgar Avenue, and crossed the bridge over the Surrey Canal, the church loomed up in front of me.

The work had begun. The first thing to do was to erect the scaffolding. This took Vivian many months, ensuring that it was securely butting up against the inside walls of the church. His first goal was to break through the roof and demolish the bell tower

With the tower gone the tiles were removed, stacked into bundles of 12 and lowered carefully down to the lorry. The roof could then be dismantled. Each of the huge timbers were lowered to the floor using a petrol driven hoist kindly donated. Measurements

With the roof now gone, work started on the walls. Using a pick axe, Vivian, and the occasional volunteer helper, would loosen a handful of bricks at a time, stack them onto the scaffolding platform then lower them to the floor before loading the lorry wi

The walls were almost down but there was a problem with the row of arches along the northern side of the nave. These were supported by pillars - each of which weighed somewhere in the region of 2 tons. None of the equipment he had could dismantle these. H

"We enlarged the door opening so the lorry could be backed right inside the church to cut down the distance that bricks and rubble had to be carried for loading. The floor of the church was covered with tens of thousands of bricks which had to be taken to

3 years, 4 months, 125,000 bricks, countless pairs of gloves, boots and overalls, a vast amount of plasters, 3 lorries and 2 toe nails. Many people gave up their time to lend a hand in one way or another but the majority of the work was completed by Rev.
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2007-11-175040 Surprise Minor (7 Methods)
2004-10-235040 Minor (3m)
1989-11-115040 Minor
1978-06-035040 2 Minor
1960-07-235040 Surprise Minor (7m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-07-201320 Norwich Surprise Minor
2017-03-071296 Burslem Delight Minor
2011-02-191260 Grandsire, St Simon's and Plain Bob Doubles
2010-11-131260 Plain Bob Minor
2010-04-171280 Spliced Plain and Little Bob Minor
2010-02-201260 Plain Bob Doubles
2010-02-161260 Plain Bob Doubles
2008-12-291260 St Clements College Bob Minor
2008-01-191320 Primrose Surprise Minor
2004-03-311260 Plain Bob Minor
2003-09-241260 Plain Bob Doubles
2001-05-051260 Plain Bob Minor
1999-06-261260 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1995-09-041260 Beckenham Bob Minor
1992-11-281320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1992-01-161260 Double Oxford Bob Minor
1991-03-091260 Doubles (5m)
1989-10-211320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1987-11-281320 Norwich Surprise Minor
1987-09-261320 Norwich Surprise Minor
1980-04-261260 Plain Bob Doubles
1977-10-291260 Plain Bob Minor
1974-07-051320 St Clement's College Bob Minor
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Biggin Hill, St George's RAF Chapel

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