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East Wickham
 

East Wickham, St Michael (Old Church)


Photo: David Cawley

  • 3 bells on display on the ground
  • Tenor: 4 cwt approx. in D♯.
  • Grid Ref: TQ467769
  • Rung from: Don't know / not applicable
  • Diocese: Southwark
  • Building Listed Grade: . Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder 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

Inscriptions

History

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.


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