East Wickham

East Wickham, St Michael (Old Church)

Photo: David Cawley

  • 3 bells on display on the ground
  • Tenor: 4 cwt approx. in D♯.
  • Formerly ring of 3, tenor 4 cwt approx. On display on ground.
  • Grid Ref: TQ467769
  • Rung from: Don't know / not applicable
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Southwark

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҈ 1 2½ cwt approx.22½" G 1897 Samuel B. Goslin, Bishopsgate Never
҈ 2 2¾ cwt approx.23⅛" F♯ 1660 John Hodson, Whitechapel Never
҈ 3 4 cwt approx.26" D♯ 1400 Unknown Never

҈    - Unhung



c 1100 Old church was built.
c 1400 Bell cast (tenor of 2) for Old Church
1552 Record of 2 bells in the Old Church tower.
1660 Bell recast by John Hodson (treble of 2) for the Old Church.
1854 Parish created. Formerly a chapelry in Plumstead.
1897 Present wooden bell turret erected and treble added to make 3 by Samuel Goslin. The old bells were skirted.
1932 -33 New Church built by T.F. Ford. A tower was considered to hold the old bells, but was considered impractical. A new bell was cast and hung for swing chiming with a cast iron headstock & lever. The old bells were later taken down & kept in the old church.
c 1965 Old Church used by the Greek Holy Orthodox Church.
c 1995 Old Church made formally Redundant and officially handed over to the Orthodox. Ancient fittings transferred to the Parish Church, the bells being placed on display.


The 3 bells on display in the old church.
Photo: David Cawley

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