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Monkton, St Mary Magdalene

Photo: Richard Offen, 2007

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 3-1-2227¼" D 1633 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 1911 John Taylor & Co
2 3-2-1328½" C♯ 1661 Thomas Palmar I Never
3 5-0-332" B 1615 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 1911 John Taylor & Co
Tenor 7-0-934¹⁄₁₆" A 1880 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 2013 John Taylor & Co


How the bells are tuned

The missing tenor.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor1661Thomas Palmar IINeverScrapped in the 19th Cent and pit left empty until 2014


1615 3rd (of 4) cast by Joseph Hatch.
1633 Treble (of 4) cast by Joseph Hatch.
1661 2nd and tenor (of 4) cast by Thomas Palmar. The tenor has since disappeared.
1800 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [1]
1911 The bells were tuned and rehung in a new iron frame by John Taylor for 4 bells. (Job completed 18th February.)
2014 A bell, which was the 3rd of a ring of six at Sandiacre, was acquired in September 2012 as that ring was remodelled in 2013. A deposit was paid to John Taylor & Co by a member of the KCACR who had known Monkton well for over 40 years and had vowed to see the 4th pit filled. A generous parishioner paid the balance. The remaining funds were raised by local effort assisted by the KCACR. The headstock and clapper came from St Mary, Pulborough, Sussex, where a bell was being recast. The bell arrived in Monkton on 18th January, and was dedicated by the Bishop of Dover on 9th February 2014. The service included a short organ premiere based on the new tenor inscription "Once More We're Four". A new inscription was attached to the bell using epoxy resin.
[1] The church, which is exempted from the archdeacon, is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen; it consists at present of only one isle and one chancel, having a square tower at the west end, in which is a very antient spiral staircase of wood. There are four bells in it. The body of it was antiently larger than it is now, consisting of two isles, part of the end of the north isle being still to be seen, and the arches between the two isles still remaining in the wall; at present it consists of but one isle and a chancel. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 10', Edward Hasted)

Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-09-141260 Doubles (3m)
2018-07-041260 Minimus (2m)
2017-07-031272 Minimus (6m)
2015-05-301272 Plain Bob Minimus
2015-04-081272 Minimus (2m)
2011-10-011260 Original Singles
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

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