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)

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