Chalk, St Mary

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 5-2-17 in C.
  • Grid Ref: TQ683725
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1922 Alfred Bowell, made of timber and designed for 6 bells
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 2-3-2123" A 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 2 3-0-1124" G 1997 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 3 3-3-426" F 1997 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 4 3-2-2127¾" E 1634 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Removed 1998 Whitechapel
® 5 4-3-929⅛" D 1348 Thomas de Weston Removed Never
® Tenor 5-2-1732⅛" C 1634 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Removed 1998 Whitechapel

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

How the bells are tuned


c 1348 Bell cast by Thomas de Weston.
1634 John Wilnar cast 2 bells around the 1348 bell (forming bells 1 and 3 of 3).
1819 16th February Records say "Redsale, for tolling the bells from 12 o'clock till eight at night, being the day of Internment of [King] George the 3rd., 3s"
1837 8th July Records show payment to "Thos Venner for tolling the bells for the funeral of His late Majesty King William the Fourth."
1922 Bells rehung in a new frame for 6 by Alfred Bowell (rehanging work begun 3rd Oct and finished 10th Oct). Bowell removed the canons from the bells despite being expressly instructed not to by the Architect, Mr Weir. This led to a Consistory Court hearing at 3:30pm on 10th Feb 1923.
1998 3 trebles added, all 6 bells being rehung by Whitechapel. They were tuned to the 5th (which was untuned).


  • "St Mary's, Chalk, Kent", Cluett, F A (The Ringing World) 12 November 1976
  • Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2022-03-025040 Spliced Surprise Minor (41m)
    2021-09-225040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2021-07-145040 Spliced Surprise Minor (41m)
    2020-02-175040 Surprise Minor (13m)
    2019-05-205040 Surprise Minor
    2016-12-195040 Minor (7m)
    2016-11-175040 Surprise Minor
    2016-07-145040 Spliced Surprise Minor
    2013-03-315040 Surprise Minor
    2009-05-025040 Surprise Minor (7 Methods)
    2009-01-015040 Surprise Minor (7 Methods)
    2006-06-245040 Surprise Minor (7m)
    2004-01-275040 Surprise Minor
    2003-08-165040 Methods Surprise Minor (7m)
    2000-12-285040 Spliced Surprise Minor (21m)
    2000-02-275040 Surprise Minor
    1999-12-315040 Plain Bob Minor
    1999-12-305040 Surprise Minor
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2018-12-151260 Grandsire Doubles
    2018-09-071269 Wells Surprise Minor
    2018-09-011260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2018-06-021320 Thelwall Bob Minor
    2018-03-161368 Oxford Treble Bob Minor
    2018-02-031260 Grandsire Doubles
    2017-11-041271 Ipswich Surprise Minor
    2017-04-291260 Grandsire Doubles
    2016-12-171296 Julie McDonnell Slow Course Minor
    2016-11-301260 Julie McDonnell Bob Doubles
    2016-01-091260 Doubles (6m/p)
    2015-12-041260 Plain Bob Minor
    2015-08-121280 August Doubles
    2014-08-021260 Doubles (6m/p)
    2014-04-071320 Norwich Surprise Minor
    2011-11-051260 Grandsire Doubles
    2010-11-251320 Plain Bob Doubles
    2006-08-311322 Multi Minor (3m)
    2005-11-151320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2005-05-071300 Plain Bob Doubles
    2005-02-231260 Grandsire Doubles
    2001-07-141320 Water Surprise Minor
    2001-03-241296 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