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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
  • Diocese: 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 Retuned
Tenor 5-2-1732⅛" C 1634 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent 1998 Whitechapel
5 4-3-929⅛" D 1348 Thomas de Weston Never
4 3-2-2127¾" E 1634 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent 1998 Whitechapel
3 3-3-426" F 1997 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
2 3-0-1124" G 1997 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
Treble 2-3-2123" A 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never

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 a
1998 3 trebles added, all 6 bells being rehung by Whitechapel. They were tuned to the 5th (which was untuned).

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
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)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
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 Bob Minor
2015-08-121280 August Doubles
2014-08-021260 Doubles (6m/p)
2014-04-071320 Norwich Surprise Minor
2011-11-051260 Grandsire Doubles
2006-08-311322 Multi Minor (3m)
2005-11-151320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2005-05-071300 Plain Bob Doubles
2005-02-231260 Grandsire Doubles
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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