Stelling, St Mary

Photo: Dickon Love, Oct 1987 (shortly after the great hurricane)

  • 3 bells hung for full circle ringing but unringable. Ellacombe hammers fitted
  • Tenor: 7¼ cwt approx. in C.
  • Grid Ref: TR142486
  • Dickon used to be organist here!
  • Rung from: Ground floor
  • Frame: Early timber
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury
  • 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
® 1 4 cwt approx.25¹³⁄₁₆" E c. 1325 Unknown Never
® 2 5 cwt approx.29⁹⁄₁₆" D Late 15th Cent London "Balcombe Shield" Never
® 3 7¼ cwt approx.34" C Late 15th Cent London "Balcombe Shield" Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing



c 1430 The present 3 bells were cast, the blank treble probably earlier than the other two, which appear to be a pair.
1756 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1799 Hasted makes no mention of the bells. [2]
1887 The bells were inspected by J C L Stahlschmidt who wrote about them. [3]
c 1985 1980s In the 1980s, the bells had been swing chimed. Ellacombe apparatus was then installed to allow the bells to be chimed with hammers.
[1] "This Church has a very Low Tower to it, in which hang 3 Bells with ye following Inscriptions, except ye 1st wch. has None. 1. No Inscription. 2. Vox Sancti Austini sonnet in Arce Dei 3. Sanca Katharine Ora pro Nobis." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1756)
[2] ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent', Edward Hasted)
[3] The treble is rather a puzzle - it has ornamented cannons, and is rather longer in the waist than the other two. Casting rather rough. Possibly the oldest of the three. The whole three, so far as frame and fittings are concerned, are in a disgraceful state of repair. They have not been rung for years; and I am really in doubt, as regards the two larger, whether it is quite safe even to chime them. It is a thousand pities to see an untouched mediaeval peal no better cared for. ("Church Bells of Kent", Stahlschmidt, J C L, 1887)

Elsewhere in the Parish

Bossingham, Bossingham Primary School

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 4 April 2020