Stone in Oxney

Stone in Oxney, St Mary the Virgin

Photo: Garry Barr, 1992

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 13 cwt approx. in A♭.
  • Grid Ref: TQ940273
  • Anticlockwise
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

  • Sound clip of the ring of bells.(Damian S Smith)

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 4¾ cwt approx27⅞" F 1788 William & Thomas Mears, Whitechapel Conventional Never
® 2 5 cwt approx.28¾" E♭ 1786 William Mears Conventional Never
® 3 5¾ cwt approx30¼" D♭ John Danyell, London (itinerant) Conventional Never
® 4 7 cwt approx.33¼" C 1795 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Conventional Never
® 5 9 cwt approx.36⅜" B♭ 1787 William & Thomas Mears, Whitechapel Conventional Never
® Tenor 13 cwt approx.41⅜" A♭ 1787 William & Thomas Mears, Whitechapel Conventional Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


c 1450 Bell cast by John Danyell (present 3rd).
1552 Record of 5 bells. [1]
1720 Treble (of 5) recast.
1786 Treble (of 5) recast.
1787 4th and 5th (of 5) cast.
1788 Treble added by William and Thomas Mears to augment the ring of 5 to 6.
1799 Record of 6 bells. [2]
1934 Bells rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
[1] Item v bells in the steple one over the chancel and ij hand bells. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, is a handsome building, consisting of three isles and three chancels, having a square tower, with a beacon turret, at the west end, in which hang six bells, one of which has been lately added. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 7', Edward Hasted)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-05-235040 Surprise Minor
2008-03-085040 Minor
1992-01-255040 Surprise Minor (7m)
1990-12-225040 Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-05-271272 Bourne Surprise Minor
2018-11-031320 Spalding Surprise Minor
2016-11-151260 Julie McDonnell Bob Doubles
2015-07-291260 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Bob Doubles
2015-05-291260 Plain Bob Minor
2015-02-111320 Ipswich Surprise Minor
2014-03-211320 Kent Bob Doubles
2013-08-291260 Doubles (2m)
2012-06-071260 Doubles (2 methods)
2006-04-151260 Mixed Doubles (4m)
2001-10-211260 Doubles (2m)
2000-04-101296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1999-12-041260 Plain Bob Minor
1999-06-201260 Doubles (2m)
1999-03-271260 Mixed Doubles
1999-02-211260 Doubles (4m)
1998-11-151260 Mixed Doubles
1996-10-201260 Stedman Doubles
1996-07-301320 St Clement's College Bob Minor
1996-07-191260 Stedman Doubles
1996-06-071260 Mixed Doubles (6m)
1996-05-191272 Treble Bob Minor (2m)
1996-01-211260 Stedman Doubles
1995-12-171260 Mixed Doubles (3m)
1995-03-051260 Grandsire 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