Canterbury, St Alphege

Photo: Dickon Love

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 7½ cwt approx in B.
  • Grid Ref: TR149580
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1888 Samuel B Goslin, installed as a 6 bell frame
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
® Treble 2¾ cwt approx23" G♯ UnknownNever
® 2 3¼ cwt approx25⅛" F♯ 1894 Samuel B. Goslin, BishopsgateNever
® 3 4¼ cwt approx27½" E 1893 Samuel B. Goslin, BishopsgateNever
® 4 3¾ cwt approx28½" D♯ 1692 John Hodson, WhitechapelNever
® 5 5¼ cwt approx30½" C♯ UnknownNever
® Tenor 7½ cwt approx33¹⁵⁄₁₆" B 1616 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, KentNever

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


How the bells are tuned


c 1450 Present 5th cast.
1552 Record of 4 bells in the tower.
1616 Present tenor cast.
1692 Present 3rd cast.
c 1750 A clock bell is cast for All Saints' church. This is destined to become the treble of the ring of 6 at St Alphege.
1888 The 3 bells rehung in a new frame for 6 by Samuel Goslin. The top of the tower was replaced.
1893 Ring augmented to 4 with a new treble from Samuel Goslin.
1894 Ring again augmented with one bell cast by Samuel Goslin and the clock bell from All Saints' church. The bells were rung from the ground floor. They were dedicated on 26th September,
1931 Rehung by Alfred Bowell. The ringing chamber was moved to the first floor. [1]
1957 Bells overhauled by the King's School Society of Ringers and ringing resumed after a silence of some 20 years.
1969 The bells were overhauled by the KCACR and the tower was completely cleared of vast quantities of lumber.
1982 7th April Church declared redundant
1983 The church became the Urban Studies Centre. Some years later the name changed to Canterbury Environment Centre.
1992 Ringing resumed from the intermediate chamber, the old ringing chamber having become an office.
[1] To new gudgeons and bearings and overhauling the six bells £60. Extra 2 new stocks & ironwork £3. Total £63. Paid by money orders 1 May 1931. (Bowell records, 31st Mar 1931)


The church as it appeared in c.1826 (E J Langdon). Canterbury Cathedral is in the background.
Photo: David Cawley collection.
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2011-07-305040 Surprise Minor
2000-04-225040 Surprise Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-03-151296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2018-05-051320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2014-11-281260 Plain Bob Doubles
2014-05-101260 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Bob Doubles
2014-04-271260 Mixed Doubles
2012-06-091260 Plain Bob Minor
2011-02-251260 Grandsire Doubles
2010-12-231260 Doubles (5m/1p)
2010-11-111320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2010-09-161260 Plain Bob Minor
2010-08-261296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2010-01-281260 Doubles (3m)
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