Horton Kirby

Horton Kirby, St Mary

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 6-1-2 in B♭.
  • Grid Ref: TQ562685
  • Rung from: Upstairs ringing room
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Lewisham
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
® Treble 2-2-1721¾" B♭ 2007 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® 2 2-2-2522¾" A 2007 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® 3 3-0-10 G 2000 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® 4 3-1-2725⅛" F 1999 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® 5 3-3-826⅜" E♭ 1999 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® 6 4-0-1727½" D 1999 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® 7 4-2-529¾" C 1817 Thomas Mears II1999 Whitechapel
® Tenor 6-1-232¾" B♭ 2011 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
2nd (of 3)5 cwt approx.1733Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1999 as 3 (of 5)
Tenor (of 8)5-2-2333"B♭1826Thomas Mears II1999 WhitechapelRecast 2011


1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1733 Bell cast by Richard Phelps.
c 1760 Hasted recorded 5 bells in the tower.
1817 Bell cast by Thomas Mears.
1826 Bell cast by Thomas Mears.
1887 Stahlschmidt noted 3 bells in the tower. The 1817 Mears bell was the treble, with the 1733 Phelps in the middle and the 1826 Mears bell as the tenor. He noted the disappearance ("long since") of the other two bells, but also noted the lower beams of the framing that contained them. He described the middle bell as being "in a most dilapidated condition, having a large piece of the crown and shoulder broken out. As however, the lower part of the bell is perfect, it is capable of being chimed, and in that way is still used."
1999 The treble and tenor were tuned to become the back two bells of a ring of 6. The broken middle bell was recast and 2 bells added to make 5, hung in a frame for 6. The work was done by Whitechapel.
2000 A treble was cast and installed in the empty pit with help from the Kent CACR. The completed ring of 6 was dedicated by the Bishop of Tonbridge on 26th November.
2007 Bells augmented to 8 with the addition of two trebles.
2011 The inferior tenor was recast at Whitechapel.
[1] Item iij bells in the steple suted of brasse. (Edwardian Inventory)


The cracked middle bell from the old trio.
Photo: KCACR web site

The bell is carefully lowered to the ground by the Kent County Association Bell Restoration Group.
Photo: KCACR web site

Work in the belfry.
Photo: KCACR web site

The belfry on 29th March, 1969.
Photo: David Cawley, 29 Mar, 1969

The cracked segment of the bell is preserved in the ringing room.
Photo: Dickon Love, April 2002

The remains of the inscription on the cracked second appeared as follows.
Photo: Drawing by David Cawley

The cracked segment of the bell is preserved in the ringing room.
Photo: Drawing by David Cawley

The 2007 treble.
Photo: Sue Allport

The 2007 treble.
Photo: Sue Allport

The 2007 2nd.
Photo: Sue Allport
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-03-145089 Glasgow Surprise Major
2019-11-135056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2019-07-015184 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2019-03-035088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2018-12-055184 Horton Kirby Surprise Major
2018-06-145184 Turramurra Surprise Major
2017-12-015184 Xian Surprise Major
2017-11-165120 Cambridge Surprise Major
2017-07-215184 Zelah Surprise Major
2016-09-125088 Glasgow Surprise Major
2015-10-125024 Spliced Surprise Major
2015-05-165024 Bromford Surprise Major
2014-11-225090 90th Birthday Surprise Major
2014-08-305184 Spliced Surprise Major (5m)
2013-01-265024 Mangotsfield Delight Major
2011-03-125040 Plain Bob Major
2010-06-045024 Bristol Surprise Major
2009-05-165024 Spliced Surprise Major
2008-12-295120 Cambridge Surprise Major
2008-09-275024 Spliced Surprise Major (4 Methods)
2007-12-155088 Superlative Surprise Major
2007-04-215040 Minor (7 methods)
2004-12-045040 Minor (6m)
2003-07-195040 Surprise Minor
2003-03-205040 Minor (3 methods)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-10-231250 Tichmarsh Surprise Major
2019-10-011272 Surprise Minor (2m)
2019-07-301280 Plain Bob Major
2019-03-121282 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2019-03-091280 Osbournby Surprise Major
2019-02-181372 Plain Bob Triples
2018-10-111344 Horton Kirby Surprise Major
2018-07-311260 Grandsire Triples
2018-03-241344 Cambridge Surprise Major
2018-03-121280 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
2018-03-051280 Superlative Surprise Major
2017-10-181250 Pudsey Surprise Major
2017-08-211344 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2017-01-061260 Grandsire Triples
2016-11-161280 London Surprise Major
2015-12-301296 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2015-10-301260 Doubles (2m/V)
2015-06-051280 Spliced Surprise Major (2 M)
2015-02-221280 February Surprise Major
2015-01-121282 Pudsey Surprise Major
2014-03-221296 Little Bob Major
2014-03-211260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
2014-01-241260 Grandsire Triples
2013-06-231260 Plain Bob Doubles
2013-01-131299 Doubles (5m)
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