Dymchurch, Ss Peter & Paul

Photo: Richard Offen, 2011

  • 3 bells hung dead and chimed with Ellacombe hammers
  • Tenor: 4½ cwt approx. in C♯.
  • Formerly ring of 5. 2 sold, 3 remaining.
  • Grid Ref: TR103297
  • 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 1¾ cwt approx.22" F♯ 1685 Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel
2 3 cwt approx.24" E 1685 Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel
3 4½ cwt approx28" C♯ 1685 Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel

 - Hung dead


Other bells in the tower c.1800

Bell DateFounderFate
3 (of 5)UnknownSold
4 (of 5)UnknownSold


1552 Record of 2 bells in the tower. [1]
1685 Christopher Hodson cast the 3 bells currently in the tower.
1799 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [2]
1887 Stahlschmidt recorded 3 bells in the tower.
c 1935 Bells hung dead by Mears & Stainabank.
1983 There was interest in restoring the ring of 3 for chiming.
1997 One of the bells, which was badly cracked, was welded by Soundweld, and all three bells were rehung by the KCACR.
[1] "Item ij bells in the steple" (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] The church, which is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, consists of one isle and one chancel, having a low pointed steeple at the west end, in which hang five bells. At the bottom of the tower of the steeple is an antient circular arch, ornamented. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 7', Edward Hasted)

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