Aldington, St Martin

Photo: Dickon Love

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)

(Recorded 1774 (cast wt))
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 5-3-36-0-830" D 1774 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel Conventional 1928 Mears & Stainbank
® 2 5-3-236-1-331½" C 1774 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel Conventional 1928 Mears & Stainbank
® 3 7-0-2733¾" B♭ 1928 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat Never
® 4 8-1-89-0-1136½" A 1774 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel Removed 1928 Mears & Stainbank
® 5 10-1-2510-3-1839½" G 1774 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel Conventional 1928 Mears & Stainbank
® Tenor 13-3-1142¾" F 1928 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
1 All bells 1928 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Teak


How the bells are tuned

Prior to 1928

Bell Weight
(most recent)
37-1-233½"1774Pack & ChapmanNeverRecast 1928
613-2-2144"1774Pack & ChapmanNeverRecast 1928

Old Ring of 5 from 1774

Bell DateFounderRetunedFate
Treble1705John PeeleNeverRecast 1774
21705John PeeleNeverRecast 1774
31705John PeeleNeverRecast 1774
41705John PeeleNeverRecast 1774
Tenor1705John PeeleNeverRecast 1774


1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1705 New ring of 5 bells cast by John Peele.
1759 Record of 5 bells. [2]
1774 Bells recast into a ring of 6 by Pack & Chapman. This was a complete Maiden peal (although the tenor was said to have been a poor bell).
1799 Record of 6 bells in the tower. [3]
1911 Battlements added to the tower.
1928 3rd and tenor recast; all the bells rehung in a new frame. Although hung in a 6-bell frame, it is clear that the foundation has been designed with a view to future augmentation (and there is plenty of space). However, the position of the two additional pits would be for nos 3 and 4 in eight and the new bells would have to occupy the pits occupied by the existing 1 and 2 which would be displaced by the move.
1991 Tower found to be extremely unsafe and the church was shut for over a year while emergency repairs were carried out and a ring beam fitted.
[1] Item iij bells in the steple. (Edwardian Inventory)
[2] "This Church consists of The Great and South Chancells, The Body and an Isle to the South. At the West End stands the Tower, which is very high, & commands a very extensive Prospect of The Sea, Coast of France etc (sic). In it hang 5 heavy Bells, all cast by John Peele. A.D. 1705. The Great Bell bears ye Name of the aforemention’d William Cade, who was then Rector." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1759)
[3] The church, which is dedicated to St. Martin, is large and handsome, and consists of tow isles and two chancels, having at the west end a handsome tower steeple, well and strongly built, the top of it being covered with lead, flat and without battlements, seemingly as if unfinished. This steeple was begun about the year 1507, and went on so slowly, most probably for want of money, that it was not finished in 1557, as appears by the legacies left towers the work of it, in several wills in the Prerogative-office, Canterbury. There are six bells in it, cast about twenty-four years ago. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8.', Edward Hasted)


  • "Trouble at Aldington", Author unknown (The Ringing World) 24 January 1992
  • Church pictures

    The church in an old postcard, without its parapet.
    Photo: David Cawley collection

    Belfry pictures

    Belfry pictures
    Photo: Dickon Love

    Photo: Dickon Love

    Photo: Dickon Love

    Photo: Dickon Love

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