Badlesmere, St Leonard

Photo: Richard Offen, Apr 2007

  • 1 bell hung for swing chiming with levers
  • Tenor: 7-1-16 in B♭.
  • Formerly ring of 3. No further information.
  • Grid Ref: TR013550
  • Rung from: Don't know / not applicable
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҂ Single bell 7-1-1633.5 B♭ 1635 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never

҂  - Hung for swing chiming



1635 Bell cast by Joseph Hatch for St Mary, Reculver.
c 1750 Mid 18th Cent: The old mediaeval tower was largely rebuilt.
1760 Hasted records that there had been three bells but "two of the others had been taken away and sold many years ago towards the repair of the church".
1809 The present bell was acquired from Reculver church on its demolition. There is no room in the tower for more bells than the present one, and no physical evidence of there having been more.
1887 Stahlschmidt records 1, formerly 3 bells.
1988 The bell went to Whitechapel, where the staple was drilled out and it was supplied with all new fittings, but was not tuned before being rehung for swing chiming with a lever in the existing frame.

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