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Hinxhill, St Mary


Photo: Richard Offen

  • 2 bells hung for full circle ringing but unringable
  • Tenor: 8 cwt approx.
  • Grid Ref: TR049425
  • Frame: 1895 Samuel B Goslin
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury


Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
® 2 8 cwt approx.34⅞" 1634 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent

® Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

History

c 1450 A pair of 15th century bell were cast. Neither bell bore an inscription.
1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower ("Item iij gret bells and ij smalle hand bells). [1]
1634 A bell was recast by Joseph Hatch.
1758 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [2]
1798 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [3]
1895 Bells rehung with new fittings in a new frame by Samuel B. Goslin.
1974 A recommendation was made for the 2 bells to be hung dead as they were unsafe to ring full circle. This never happened.
[1] Item iij gret bells and ij smalle hand bells. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] "This Church consists of the Great, and North Chancells, The Body, and a North Isle; In The Steeple hang 3 Bells, 2 of which have no Inscription; the third: Joseph Hatch Me fecit. 1634." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)
[3] The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, is a small building, consisting of two isles and two chancels, having a low spire steeple at the west end, in which are three bells. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 7', Edward Hasted)



Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 28 March 2020