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Tenterden, St Mildred


Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(Prior to retuning)
(Supplied weight (or noted by Bowell in his notebook))
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Priest's 0-3-1414⅞" 1450 Unknown Never
Treble 7-3-67-3-2433⅜" C 1769 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel 1961 Mears & Stainbank
2 7-0-177-1-1433¹⁵⁄₁₆" B 1884 John Warner & Sons 1961 Mears & Stainbank
3 9-1-249-1-036⅜" A 1961 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1961 Mears & Stainbank
4 11-0-1411-2-111-2-340¹⁄₁₆" G 1920 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich 1961 Mears & Stainbank
5 13-2-314-0-343⅛" F 1826 Thomas Mears II 1961 Mears & Stainbank
6 16-2-1616-3-1645½" E 1961 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1961 Mears & Stainbank
7 21-1-2123-0-751⅛" D 1884 John Warner & Sons 1961 Mears & Stainbank
Tenor 27-3-2329-1-1030-1-2456⅛" C 1884 John Warner & Sons 1961 Mears & Stainbank


The bells recast in 1961

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
3rd (of 8)9-1-01757Thomas LesterNeverRecast 1961
6th (of 8)16-3-191884John Warner & SonsNeverRecast 1961

The bell recast in 1920

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
4th (of 8)11-2-340"1774Pack & ChapmanNeverRecast 1920. Supplied weight given.

The bells recast in 1884

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
2nd (of 8)1769Lester & PackNeverRecast 1884
6th (of 8)1769Lester & PackNeverRecast 1884
7th (of 8)1774Pack & ChapmanNeverRecast 1884
Tenor (of 8)1717Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1884


1461 Richard Herne of Canterbury bequeathed funds to build the tower.
1471 John Godday bequeaths £10 for a bell for the new bell tower.
1619 2nd recast by Joseph Hatch.
1621 Unspecified bell recast by Joseph Hatch.
1628 3rd recast by Joseph Hatch.
1636 3rd recast again, this time by John Wilnar.
1671 Unspecified bell recast by Christopher Hodson.
1709 Tenor broken by 5 "youths" striking it with hammers.
1717 Existing 5 bells recast into 6 by Richard Phelps.
1757 Treble & 4th (of 6) recast by Thomas Lester.
1769 2 treble bells added to make 8 by Lester & Pack.
1774 4th and 7th recast by Pack and Chapman.
1826 5th recast by Thomas Mears.
1884 Bells 2, 6, 7 and 8 recast by John Warner.
1912 The Archbishop of Canterbury (Lord Davidson) preached at a special service to mark the completion of the restoration of the tower. The tower is 100ft to the top of the parapet, and the pinnacles are 26ft high (with one 29ft high).
1920 4th recast and tenor and 7th rehung on new headstocks and bearings by Alfred Bowell. [1]
1930 The 7th was rehung by Alfred Bowell. [2]
1938 A new clapper ball had to be supplied to the 7th, by Alfred Bowell.
1961 3rd and 6th recast by Mears & Stainbank and all the bells were retuned and rehung in the old frame. (Lack of funds meant that a new frame, which was advised, was not installed.) The bells were rededicated after the restoration. Sept was the start of something momentous.
1971 Bells rehung in a new frame lower in the tower by Whitechapel. The previous frame used to be anticlockwise. They were rededicated by the Archbishop of Canterbury on 11th December.
[1] To rehanging the tenor bell £50. To recasting the fourth bell £60. To new headstock & clapper £10. To repairs to framework, etc £25. Inscription on new bell 82 letters @ 4d each £1-7-4. Less allowance for doing all at one time £5-0-0. total £141-7-4. Paid (Bowell records, 29 Sept 1920)
[2] 1930 Nov: To rehanging the 7th bell £20. To eight mufflers £1. Total £21. Paid cq. £21. 1 Dec 1930. (Bowell records, Nov 1930)


Sanctus bell prior to rehanging.
Photo: Richard Offen

Sanctus bell after rehanging.
Photo: Richard Offen
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-01-265088 Evesham Surprise Major
2014-05-035184 Bristol Surprise Major
2011-04-025040 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2011-01-225184 Rutland Surprise Major
2010-03-135152 Glasgow Surprise Major
2008-11-295008 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2008-05-105088 London Surprise Major
2007-11-105056 Bristol Surprise Major
2007-05-125088 Stourbridge Surprise Major
2006-05-135088 Rutland Suprise Major
2005-10-225200 Trafalgar Surprise Major
2005-05-075040 Grandsire Triples
2004-05-155120 Cambridge Surprise Major
2004-02-075024 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
2002-12-145152 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
2001-12-295088 Spliced Surprise Major
1992-05-025056 Bristol Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-05-191288 Grandsire Triples
2018-05-281260 Grandsire Triples
2018-03-181280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2017-10-221260 Plain Bob Triples
2017-05-151260 Plain Bob Minor
2017-04-041288 Grandsire Triples
2016-07-161260 Stedman Doubles
2016-06-051280 Spliced Surprise Major
2016-05-011280 Bristol Surprise Major
2016-02-071290 Plain Bob Major
2015-08-221288 Grandsire Triples
2015-07-051312 Bristol Surprise Major
2015-06-071280 London Surprise Major
2015-05-031280 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2015-04-191280 Plain Bob Major
2014-11-171260 Grandsire Triples
2014-09-201250 Bristol Surprise Major
2014-05-241260 Stedman Triples
2014-04-131280 London Surprise Major
2014-03-221260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
2014-01-191280 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
2013-08-291260 Plain Bob Triples
2013-02-101260 Plain Bob Doubles
2013-01-131260 Plain Bob Triples
2012-12-161260 Plain Bob Minor
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 12 May 2017