Canterbury, St Peter the Apostle

Photo: Richard Offen, 2007

  • 4 bells hung dead and chimed with Ellacombe hammers
  • Tenor: 8-1-20 in A.
  • Grid Ref: TR147581
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1637 two tier frame
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
1 3-1-2227" D 1903 Samuel B. Goslin, Bishopsgate 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
2 4-3-2229³⁄₁₆" C♯ 1637 John Palmar I 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
3 6-1-1832⅞" B William Wodewarde 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
4 8-1-2035¼" A 1325 William le Belyetere, Canterbury 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry

 - Hung dead



c 1325 Present tenor cast.
1395 -1420 Present 3rd cast.
1637 Present 2nd cast. The bells were rehung in a new 2-tier frame for 4 bellls: 2 above and 2 below (with the treble pit empty).
1758 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
c 1850 Bells overhauled during the 19th Century.
1903 Bell cast by Samuel Goslin for St Margaret's, Canterbury.
1959 The 3 bells were last run by the King's School for the visit of the Archbishop.
1968 The bells were taken out by Mears & Stainbank in November. The treble of St Margaret's, Canterbury was given to the church in November and taken down to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry by the KCACR. Bells rehung dead hung with Ellacombe hammers. The bell from St Margaret's was used as a treble to augment them to 4.
1969 December The 4 bells were tuned, refitted with stationary Ellacombe fittings & rehung by Whitechapel. They were hung in the upper 2 pits of the 4-bell frame. This was the first job done by the KCACR in conjunction with the foundry under Harry Parkes' direction.
[1] "This Church consists of the High, North & South Chancells, Body, and North and South Isles. The Vestry is part of the South Isle. The Tower stands at the West End of the South Isle. In it hang 3 Bells, thus inscribed. 1. John PALMAR made Me 1637. J. LEE Senr. & W. BALDOCK, C.W. 2. Johannes, Christi Kare, dignare pro nobis orare. 3. Sancta Maria, Ora pro Nobis." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)


Rehung, and a "tight fit", the old three plus treble from St Margaret's in the top tier of the 4-bell frame.
Photo: David Cawley, June 1968

Taken out by Bill Theobald in June, 1968, the Belyetere tenor is on its way to Mears & Stainbank.
Photo: David Cawley, June 1968

The original 3 bells lying in the church yard (l-r 3,2,1). 18th June, 1968
Photo: David Cawley, June 1968

Elsewhere in the Parish

Canterbury, Poor Priest's Hospital (currently The Marlowe Kit)
3 bells on display
Canterbury, St Thomas the Martyr Chapel upon Eastbridge
Single bell

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 22 May 2016