Graveney, All Saints

  • 3 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 6-3-19 in C.
  • Grid Ref: TR052626
  • Complete ring cast at the same time
  • Frame: 1925 Mears & Stainbank, in a frame foundation for six.
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: 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 Canons Retuned
® Treble 4-2-1828" E 1925 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat Never
® 2 5-2-1130¼" D 1925 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat Never
® Tenor 6-3-1933¼" C 1925 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat Never
҈ Display Bell 11⅛" 1325 Unknown Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing
҈    - Unhung


Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
1 All bells 1925 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Cast iron


Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Treble4¾ cwt approx.c.28"UnknownNeverTransferred to neighbouring St Bartholomew, Goodnestone
2nd5½ cwt approx.31"1513-1523William CulverdenNeverRecast in 1925
3rd6 cwt approx.32"1637John Palmar INeverRecast in 1925
Tenor7 cwt approx.33½"1618John WilnarNeverRecast in 1925


1513 -1523 Bell cast by William Culverden (future treble of 3).
1618 Tenor bell cast by John Wilnar.
1637 Middle bell cast by John Palmar.
1871 Treble moved to neighbouring St Bartholomew, Goodnestone.
1887 Stahlschmidt reported that "The Belfry is in a most disgraceful state, by far the worst I was ever in. There are pits for four bells and of the three that hang only the largest is in use or useable and as that is 'clocked' it will probably soon share the fate of the rest ... the whole of both bells and frame is filthy and dilapidated beyond description."
1912 The bell that had been taken to Goodnestone was recast into a smaller bell by Mears & Stainbank. The turret at Goodnestone was also rebuilt at this time.
1925 Bells recast and rehung with frame foundation for 6 at a cost of £316.17s.6d. The new bells rang for the first time at Christmas.
1970 Bells overhauled by Whitechapel.
1983 The small 14th century bell from Goodnestone by Faversham was taken to Graveney for display.
2005 Ringing resumed at Graveney after a gap of 6 years following work to the roof of the tower. The ringing room was moved upstairs from the ground floor.

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