Canterbury, St Martin

Photo: Richard Offen, 2007

  • 3 bells hung for swing chiming with levers
  • Tenor: 6-2-0 in B♭.
  • Grid Ref: TR159578
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: Mid 17th Century
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҂ Treble 2-1-424¹¹⁄₁₆" D 15th Cent Unknown 1987 Whitechapel
҂ 2 4-0-2629⅛" C 1829 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel
҂ Tenor 6-2-033³⁄₁₆" B♭ 1392-1418 Robert Burford, London

҂  - Hung for swing chiming



1392 -1418 Present Tenor cast.
c 1450 Present Treble cast with an unusual design of 3 ornate and 3 plain canons.
c 1650 Middle bell (re)cast and present frame constructed.
1793 Record of 3 bells (Cozens) along with the inscriptions. [1]
1829 Present Middle Bell recast by Thomas Mears II.
1920 Bells rehung by Samuel Goslin.
1987 Bells tuned, refittedd for swing chiming (with levers) by Whitechapel and rehung by the KCACR.
[1] In the tower hang three bells. On the 1st there is no inscription; 2d, "JOHN PALMAR MADE ME, 1641. A. R." 3D, "Ora pro nobis, Santa Katerina." (A Tour the the Isle of Thanet and Some other Parts of East Kent, Cozens, Zechariah, 1793)


Another old view.
Photo: David Cawley collection

Postcard from 1866.
Photo: David Cawley collection

Elsewhere in the Parish

Canterbury, Christ the King Chapel, Canterbury Christ Church University
Single bell hung dead
Canterbury, Barton Court
Formerly clock bell 1¼ cwt approx.

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 6 November 2020