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Betteshanger
 

Betteshanger, St Mary the Virgin


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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
3 4¼ cwt approx.27" 1854 John Warner & Sons Never
2 3-1-325³⁄₁₆" 1859 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel Never
1 2¼ cwt approx.22¾" William Oldfield Never

Inscriptions

Prior to 1859

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
2nd (of 3)3-1-18Mid 16th Cent.William OldfieldNeverRecast 1859

History

c 1550 Bell cast by William Oldfield (treble of 3).
1759 Record of 3 bells. [1]
1795 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [2]
1854 Present tenor cast. Bells rehung with new fittings. Curiously, the bells were not fitted with stays and sliders.
1859 Present middle bell cast.
1887 Stahlscmidt records 3 bells.
2002 The KCACR reported on the bells with one option raised of putting the bells into storage.
[1] "This Church consists of a Chancell, North Chancell, and Body, wch. are all very small. In a low wooden Spire, at ye West End, hang 3 Bells, which I could not get at, so know not whether they bear any Inscriptions." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1759)
[2] The Church is a small building of only one Aile, and a Chancel, with a turret at the West end, containing three Bells. (Zechariah Cozens, 1795)

Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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