Stowting, St Mary the Virgin

Photo: Richard Offen

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 5 cwt approx. in C.
  • Grid Ref: TR124418
  • Anticlockwise
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1721 Samuel Knight (assumed), made of timber, with metal additions by Alfred Bowell
  • 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

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 2-3-2122¾" A 1935 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat Never
® 2 2-3-1023" G 1935 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat Never
® 3 3-0-1624" F 1927 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat Never
® 4 3 cwt approx.24⅜" E 1438 William Powdrell Never
® 5 4 cwt approx.27⁹⁄₁₆" D 1721 Samuel Knight, Southwark Never
® Tenor 5 cwt approx29¾" C 1721 Samuel Knight, Southwark Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


c 1420 Bell cast by William Powdrell, being the treble of 3, now serving as the 4th.
1721 2 of the 3 bells were recast into 3 which formed bells 1, 3, and 4 around the Powdrell bell. Bells cast by Samuel Knight and hung by Job Potter.
1757 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [1]
1799 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [2]
1885 The 4 bells were rehung.
1927 Bells rehung and 3rd recast by Alfred Bowell.
1935 2 trebles cast by Alfred Bowell to augment the peal to 6. [3]
1979 5th rehung by KCACR.
[1] "This Church consists only of the Chancell, and Body, and has a very low shingled Spire at the West, in which hang 4 small Bells, all of them cast, in the Year 1721." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1757)
[2] The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, consists of one isle and one chancel, having at the west end a low pointed turret of wood, projecting over the lower part of it. Which is built of brick. In it are four bells. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)
[3] To supplying two new treble bells £95. To two new bell ropes & carriage £2-2-0. Total £97-2-0. Paid. Cq on a/c £50 2 Apr 1935. Cq £47-2-0. 3 May 1935 (Bowell records, 30 Mar 1935)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-12-205040 Surprise Minor
2005-04-095040 Methods Surprise Minor (7m)
2003-11-155040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2001-10-205040 Surprise Minor
1970-05-165040 Minor (2m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-02-211260 Minor (2m)
2018-09-131272 Stowting Delight Minor
2015-05-141296 Double Court Bob Minor
2014-01-041260 Grandsire Doubles
2013-10-311260 Double Oxford College Bob Minor
2012-12-271440 Grandsire Doubles
2012-06-041296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2011-08-251260 Plain Bob Doubles
2010-12-271260 Plain Bob Minor
2008-11-101320 Bourne Surprise Minor
2007-12-091260 Plain Bob Minor
2006-05-011260 Plain Bob Minor
2005-08-091260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
2005-05-211260 Plain Bob Minor
2004-02-071320 Doubles (1P/4M)
1984-10-201272 Stowting Delight Minor
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