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Davington
 

Davington, Priory of St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence)


Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

  • 4 bells hung for full circle ringing but swing chimed
  • Tenor: 2-0-12 in F.
  • Grid Ref: TR010617
  • Frame: 1856 John Taylor & Co. Made of iron with an inscription. The earliest metal frame in the county, and one of the earliest in the country.
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
1 1-2-715¹⁵⁄₁₆" 1856 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
2 1-2-2716¹³⁄₁₆" 1856 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
3 2-0-1218¹⁄₁₆" 1856 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Priest's Bell ½ cwt approx.12" 1774 Unknown Never

Inscriptions

Prior to 1856

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Single bell0-3-11After reformationUnknownNeverSold 1856

History

1538 Priory dissolved. The church (in private hands) was used as a public chapel. At some stage later 1 bell was provided to replace the Priory bells forfeited to the Commissioners.
1774 Priest's Bell cast, founder unknown. It is hung for chiming separately from the other 3 and currently disused.
1856 Ring of 3 small bells cast by John Taylor and hung in what is believed to be the earliest metal frame in the country to hold a ring of more than 1 bell. They were bought by Thomas Willemont Esq, owner & restorer of the Priory, for £65 9s 4½d.
1932 The Priory church was bought by the Church Commissioners to become Davington Parish Church.


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