Woodnesborough, St Mary the Virgin

  • 5 bells hung dead and chimed with Ellacombe hammers
  • Tenor: 14 cwt approx. in F.
  • Grid Ref: TR308567
  • Rung from: Don't know / not applicable
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
1 1676 John & Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel
2 33¾" 1909 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
3 35⅞" 1909 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
4 1676 John & Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel
5 14 cwt approx. 1676 John & Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel

 - Hung dead

Prior to 1909

Bell Weight
(most recent)
2nd (of 5)7-0-1934"1676John & Christopher HodsonNeverRecast 1909
3rd (of 5)8-2-036"1676John & Christopher HodsonNeverRecast 1909


1676 A new ring of 5 was cast by John & Christopher Hodson.
1759 Faussett recorded the 5 bells in the tower, but gave them the date 1667 rather than 1676 (in error). [1]
1795 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [2]
1800 Hasted describes the tower but not the bells. [3]
[1] This Church consists of The Chancell, Body, and 2 Side Isles. The Steeple, which has a very handsome Spire, lately built, stands at The West End. In which hang 5 heavy Bells, all made by John Hodson, in ye Year 1667. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1759)
[2] On the rise of the hill stands the Church, a decent structure of three ailes and a chancel, with a square tower at the West end, crowned with a cupula, containing five bells, each bearing the following inscription: Christopher Hodson, John Hodson made me 1676. Richard Pordage, Richard Neame, Church Wardens. (Zechariah Cozens, 1795)
[3] The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, consists of a nave, and two isles, having a square tower steeple at the west end, with a modern wooden turret and vane at the top of it, in which are five bells, made in 1676. it had a high spire on the tower, which was taken down some years ago. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 10', Edward Hasted)

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