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Waltham, St Bartholomew


  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 8-2-2 in A.
  • Grid Ref: TR112484
  • Rung from: Ground Floor Chancel Crossing
  • Frame: 2000 Hayward Mills Associates. The old early 19th century frame for 4 bells is above it in the tower.
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(As received 2000)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 8-2-28-2-1736¹⁵⁄₁₆" A 1631 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 2000 John Taylor & Co
5 6-3-66-3-633" B 1602 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 2000 John Taylor & Co
4 5-2-45-2-430⅞" C♯ 1631 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 2000 John Taylor & Co
3 4-2-274-3-029" D 1631 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 2000 John Taylor & Co (from D♯ to D)
2 4-3-1227½" E 2000 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Treble 4-1-226" F♯ 2000 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never


How the bells are tuned


1602 A bell was cast by Joseph Hatch, believed to be his earliest known bell.
1631 3 more bells were cast by Hatch forming bells 1, 2 and 4 around his 1602 bell.
1757 Record of 4 bells in the tower in a tower with a small spire. The spire is now gone. [1]
1800 Hasted records 1 bell in the tower, which must be a mistake. [2]
1996 28th Jul. Bells rung for the last time, after which they were condemned as unringable.
1997 Appeal launched to rehang the bells in a new frame, preserving the old frame, the work to be undertaken by Hayward-Mills Associates.
1999 Bells removed from the tower and taken to Hayward Mills Associates. Owing to the large workload of the bell foundries at this time, the bells were not restored in time for the Millennium celebrations of 1st January, 2000.. It was decided to rehang the b
2000 Following advice from the foundry and demonstrations (on handbells) by Dickon Love (former custodian of the tower), the PCC decided (on 18th June) to retune and augment the bells to the diatonic scale. Two new treble bells were cast at Loughborough on 29t
2001 24th Jan. The bells were dedicated by Rev'd David Cawley.
[1] "This Church, consists of a Chancell and Nave, which are divided by ye Belfry, wch. has a low Spire with 4 Small Bells, wch. appear to have been founded in 1631, by Joseph Hatch." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1757)
[2] The church, which is dedicated to St Bartholomew, consists of one isle and a chancel, having a low pointed tower between them, in which there is one bell. [clearly a mistake] ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 9', Edward Hasted)


(l-r) Third, second and treble bells in the old frame.
Photo: Dickon Love

The tenor bell prior to restoration.
Photo: Dickon Love

The bells arrive from Loughborough on a lorry - the old 4 and the shiny new trebles.
Photo: Dickon Love

The new second sitting at the base of the tower.
Photo: Kent CACR website

The new treble sitting at the base of the tower.
Photo: Kent CACR website

The Thomas Hatch stamp on the 5th (actually cast by Joseph Hatch).
Photo: Richard Offen

This is a drawing of the old timber bellframe by Nick Davies in 1960.
Photo: David Cawley collection

Ringing from the chancel crossing.
Photo: Dickon Love, 2013
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2014-08-235040 Grandsire Doubles
2013-11-305040 Stedman Doubles
2004-07-035040 Methods Surprise Minor (7m)
2001-11-255040 Minor
2001-08-255040 Doubles (8 Methods)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-09-091260 Doubles (5mv)
2017-07-011290 Grandsire Doubles
2015-05-111272 Primrose Surprise Minor
2014-08-171260 Mixed Doubles (3m)
2014-05-101261 Plain Bob Minor
2014-01-211260 Mixed Doubles (3m/4v)
2013-10-291260 Doubles (11MV)
2013-07-271260 Grandsire Doubles, Plain Bob Doubles
2013-05-141260 Mixed Doubles (1p, 3m, 2v)
2012-11-011260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
2012-08-261260 Doubles (9 M V)
2012-06-041260 Plain Bob Doubles
2012-06-021260 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles
2011-08-231260 R St Bartholomew Doubles
2010-03-141260 Doubles (2m)
2010-01-231260 Grandsire Doubles
2009-10-221260 Grandsire Doubles
2009-06-291320 Treble Bob Minor In The Kent Variation
2009-06-292009 Doubles (18m/V)
2008-10-051260 Doubles (4 P/m)
2008-01-121260 Doubles (21m/V/p)
2006-07-071260 Doubles (5 M/V)
2003-10-031260 Doubles (4 M/p)
2001-07-201296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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