St Mary in the Marsh

St Mary in the Marsh, St Mary the Virgin

Photo: Richard Offen, Nov 2004

  • 3 bells hung dead and chimed with Ellacombe hammers
  • Tenor: 10-1-10 in G.
  • Grid Ref: TR064280
  • Frame: 1956 Whitechapel (transverse beams)
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
1 5½ cwt approx.30" 15th Cent. John Danyell, London (itinerant) Never
2 7½ cwt approx.36¼" 1371-1392 William Burford, Aldgate Never
3 10-1-1040" G 1956 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never

 - Hung dead


Prior to 1956.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Tenor (of 3)10 cwt approx.40"Gc.1400William BurfordNeverRecast 1956. Crown retained in church.


1371 -1392 Bell cast by William Burford (middle bell)
c 1400 Bell cast by Robert Burford (tenor).
1450 Bell cast by John Danyell (treble).
1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1799 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [2]
1956 The cracked tenor was recast at Whitechapel, preserving the crown in the church including all the canons & inscription. The fittings & framework were removed, the bells tuned, quarter turned & staples drilled out & rehung on transverse beams.
1968 An attempt to steal the preserved crown of the old tenor failed.
[1] Item iij bells in the steple. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, consists of three isles and one chancel, having a pointed turret steeple at the west end, in which hang three bells. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 3 April 2020