Betteshanger, St Mary the Virgin

  • 3 bells hung for full circle ringing but swing chimed
  • Tenor: 4¼ cwt approx. in E.
  • Grid Ref: TR312526
  • Rung from: Don't know / not applicable
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: II Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

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

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
1 All bells John Warner & Sons Timber


Prior to 1859

Bell Weight
(most recent)
2nd (of 3)3-1-18Mid 16th Cent.William OldfieldNeverRecast 1859


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)

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