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Sandwich, St Clement

Photo: Richard Offen, May 2004

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Service Bell 6 cwt approx.32" 1672 John Hodson, Whitechapel Never
Treble 5-0-2129" D♯ 1819 Thomas Mears II
2 6-0-231.3" C♯ 1819 Thomas Mears II
3 6-1-832.8" B 1819 Thomas Mears II
4 7-1-1335" A♯ 1805 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel
5 8-2-1037.3" G♯ 1805 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel
Tenor 12-1-641.8" F♯ 1819 Thomas Mears II


Prior to 1865

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
2nd (of 5)1672John HodsonNeverRemoved 1865
3rd (of 5)1672John HodsonNeverRemoved 1865
4th (of 5)1672John HodsonNeverRemoved 1865
Tenor (of 5)18 cwt approx.1672John HodsonNeverRemoved 1865


1508 Benett Webbyx bequeathed to the reparation of the bells of St Clements vjs. viijd. ("Testamenta Vetusta")
1664 Lead clad timber spire removed from the tower and replaced with a timber balustrade and "onion" cupola. Hasted says the battlements and spire were removed between 1670 and 1673.
1672 The bells in the tower were replaced with a new ring of 5 by John Hodson (tenor 18 cwt).
1760 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [1]
1800 Record of 5 bells. [2]
1805 Two bells were cast by Thomas Mears I for St John the Baptist, Kirkheaton, West Yorkshire.
1819 Four more bells cast by Thomas Mears II for Kirkheaton church.
1865 Tower declared unsafe and parapet and cupola were removed. The 4 largest bells were removed from the tower.
1866 The four bells were sold and the remaining treble rehung as a single bell, hung for ringing. (When it was rehung in 1981, the bearings set in the main beams, a slider runner-board and a well-worn pulley were discovered in place beneath.)
1888 A set of 8 tubular bells were made by Harrington, Latham & Co. of Coventry.
c 1900 The 1672 bell was rehung dead with a massive Ellacombe hammer.
1961 The tubular bells were rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
1981 The tubular bells and the 1672 bell were again rehung, the latter with new and safer stationary fittings from Whitechapel.
1988 8 bells originally cast for St Margaret, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex (cast 1966 albeit with 2 bells replaced; the tower was never built) were purchased from Taylor's & hung at Kirkheaton. The CCCBR Bell Rescue Fund purchased the old 6, fittings & frame. The six bells of St John the Baptist, Kirkheaton were acquired by the Redundant Bells Fund of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. They were overhauled at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
1989 July The Kirkheaton bells were purchased from the CCCBR by the Parish of Sandwich and delivered to the church. The fittings were subsequently overhauled at Whitechapel.
1990 The six Kirkheaton bells were bought by St Clement's church and hung in a the old Kirkheaton 6-bell frame. The ex-Kirkheaton frame was erected on a new foundation and the bells hung by the KCACR in March. The old Sandwich treble was hung stationary higher in the tower and the tubular bells disposed of. The bells were dedicated by the Bishop of Dover on 20th May in the presence of H.M. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (Warden of the Cinques Ports).
[1] "This Church consists of the Great, North and South Chancells. The Body, and 2 Side Isles. The Tower, which is adorned with Pillasters and round Arches, stands in the Middle of The Church, between the Chancell and the Body. In it hang 5 Bells, all made by (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1760)
[2] There are five bells, not very tuneable, and consequently of little use, but to hasten the downfall of this venerable steeple in which they hang. They were cast in 1672. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 9', Edward Hasted)


  • "Town of Silent Towers, Part 1", Cawley, David L (The Ringing World) 25 August 1967
  • "Sandwich - encouraging progress", Young, Phil R (The Ringing World) 23 March 1990
  • "Progress at Sandwich - part 2", Young, Phil R (The Ringing World) 18 May 1990
  • "A very hot Sandwich", Young, Phil R (The Ringing World) 3 August 1990
  • "Cinque Port provides Royal Welcome for a six", Young, Phil R (The Ringing World) 8 August 1990
  • Gallery

    Photo: Richard Offen, 2004
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2006-01-215040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2004-12-305040 Surprise Minor
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2018-08-111260 Doubles (2m)
    2017-07-061274 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2015-05-231260 Grandsire Doubles
    2012-07-191260 Grandsire and Plain Bob Doubles
    2012-06-031260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2012-05-121260 Grandsire Doubles
    2011-12-241272 St Clement's College Bob Minor
    2011-12-181260 Grandsire Doubles
    2011-10-221260 St Clements College Bob Minor
    2007-08-121296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    Full list of peals here
    Full list of quarters here

    Elsewhere in the Parish

    Sandwich, St Bartholomew's Hospital
    Single bell

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