Boughton Monchelsea

Boughton Monchelsea, St Peter

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 13-3-2 in F♯.
  • Grid Ref: TQ771498
  • Rung from: Ground Floor Chancel Crossing
  • Frame: 1860 Mears & Stainbank. Extended 1800 by John Warner. A 6-bell frame designed to eventually accommodate 8 bells.
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Maidstone
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

  • Sound clip of the ring of bells.(Roger Button)

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 30" D♯ 1880 John Warner & Sons Removed 1992 Whitechapel
® 2 31" C♯ 1880 John Warner & Sons Removed 1992 Whitechapel
® 3 5-3-1532" B 1592 Giles Reve, Kent Conventional 1992 Whitechapel
® 4 35⅜" A♯ 1693 James Bartlett, Whitechapel Conventional 1992 Whitechapel
® 5 38¾" G♯ 1614 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Conventional 1992 Whitechapel
® Tenor 13-3-243¼" F♯ 1727 John Waylett, Cripplegate Conventional 1992 Whitechapel

®  - Hung for full circle ringing



1592 Present 3rd cast.
1614 Present 5th cast.
1693 Present 4th cast.
1727 Present tenor cast.
1832 Church badly damaged by fire.
1860 Bells rehung in a new frame by Mears & Stainbank.
1880 Two trebles added by John Warner, who adapted the existing frame to make 6. The 8 bell frame would be of the standard 2-4-2 format, however the 2 vacant pits are in the wrong place and not even adjacent. The original 4-bell frame (Mears c.1860-70) occupied the two outer limbs with the 4-bell central space left vacant.
1903 Repairs to fittings effected by Mears & Stainbank.
1992 Bells tuned and rehung in old frame by Whitechapel.

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-12-035040 Surprise Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-04-271260 Grandsire Doubles
2018-02-121260 Plain Bob Minor
2016-12-051250 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-10-241260 Doubles (5m)
2016-02-291260 Single Canterbury Pleasure Bob Minor
2013-10-261440 Doubles (2m)
2013-08-231260 Plain Bob Minor
2012-07-141260 Plain Bob Doubles
2011-12-031296 Oxford Treble Bob Minor
2010-09-131260 Minor (2m)
2007-04-071320 Doubles (2m)
1978-08-201296 Cambridge Surprise 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