Bromley, Ss Peter & Paul

Photo: Dickon Love, Apr 2013

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderSerial NoRetuned
® Treble 5-0-2428¼" F 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon6846Never
® 2 5-1-428⅝" E 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon6847Never
® 3 5-2-2530" D 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon6848Never
® 4 6-1-831½" C 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon6849Never
® 5 7-2-2534⁹⁄₁₆" B♭ 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon6850Never
® 6 9-0-1736¹¹⁄₁₆" A 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon6851Never
® 7 12-3-1940½" G 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon6852Never
® Tenor 16-2-845" F 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon6853Never
Clock 3-0-2424¹³⁄₁₆" F 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon6979Never

® Hung for full circle ringing


How the bells are tuned

Prior to 1941

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(As received 1930)
Treble (of 8)5-0-175-1-1029"1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
2nd (of 8)5-1-185-2-1329¾"1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
3rd (of 8)6-0-246-1-1632"1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
4th (of 8)8-0-208-1-534"1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
5th (of 8)8-3-69-1-1637¾"1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
6th (of 8)10-0-710-3-038¾"1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
7th (of 8)12-0-1412-1-2741½"1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
Tenor (of 8)17-1-1418-0-1947¼"1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
Sanctus2-3-141777Thomas JanawayNeverDestroyed 1941


1552 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [1]
1773 By this time there was a ring of 5 which were recast with 3 bells added to form a ring of 8 by Thomas Janaway. The work cost £250 according to the Parish Vestry Book.
1777 Sanctus bell cast by Thomas Janaway.
1814 A peal was rung which was noted to be the first since the bells were rehung by Mr J Woodling of Whitechapel.
1817 15th Jan A half-muffled peal of Grandsire Triples was rung on the bells by the Society of Bromley Youths in memory of William Chapman, a ringer here for 43 years. This was claimed as "Being the first Dumb Peal of this kind ever rang in this kingdom".
1902 Bells rehung and quarter turned by Gillett & Johnston.
1930 Bells retuned and rehung in a new frame by Mears & Stainbank.
1941 Church bombed in World War II.
1948 -1957 New church built.
1950 New ring of bells and Sanctus cast by Gillett & Johnston.
1951 Bells hung in a new frame. They were dedicated by the R't Rev'd F. S. Guy Warman D.D., L.L.D. on 15th September
1957 14th Dec. New church consecrated.
2006 A major overhaul of the bells took place by Whitechapel.
[1] Item iiij greale bells suted in the steple, one sants bell and iij lytle sacrying bells, one hand bell. (Edwardian Inventory)


  • "SS Peter & Paul, Bromley, Kent", Emery, Isaac (The Ringing World) 24 March 1972
  • "Stories of Bromley’s lost memorials are now on the Internet", Tritton, P (The Ringing World) 14 May 2010
  • Gallery

    Photo of the bells in Gillett & Johnston's foundry in Croydon.
    Photo: Society of Bromley Youths archive

    The church before it was bombed. (Post card sent 1906)
    Photo: David Cawley collection
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2020-01-255024 Spliced Surprise Major (7m)
    2019-11-235088 Spliced Surprise Major (6m)
    2019-10-265088 Painswick Surprise Major
    2019-07-275088 Kenninghall Surprise Major
    2019-04-065088 Cooktown Orchid Delight Major
    2019-01-195056 Bristol Surprise Major
    2018-11-245056 Bristol Surprise Major
    2018-10-275056 Cassiobury Surprise Major
    2018-05-085024 Lower Loxley Surprie Major
    2018-01-205008 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
    2017-10-285056 Pudsey Surprise Major
    2017-01-155040 Grandsire Triples
    2016-10-225184 Spliced Surprise Major (6m)
    2016-01-235090 Bristol Surprise Major
    2015-12-315040 Stedman Triples
    2015-10-315088 Cassiobury Surprise Major
    2014-12-315040 Stedman Triples
    2014-10-255088 Lessness Surprise Major
    2014-09-135024 Bristol Surprise Major
    2014-02-115152 Spliced Surprise Major (23 Methods)
    2013-04-065088 Dunstan Surprise Major
    2013-01-085312 Spliced Surprise Major
    2012-10-205088 Erith Surprise Major
    2011-12-215024 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
    2011-08-065024 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2020-03-151260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2020-03-131344 Cooktown Orchid Delight Major
    2020-03-081280 Cornwall Surprise Major
    2020-02-281280 Lessness Surprise Major
    2020-02-161260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2020-02-091250 Superlative Surprise Major
    2019-11-151344 Lessness Surprise Major
    2019-11-101280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2019-10-131274 Plain Bob Triples
    2019-10-041280 Turramurra Surprise Major
    2019-09-131280 Jorvik Surprise Major
    2019-09-081280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2019-07-141260 Stedman Doubles
    2019-07-121344 Painswick Surprise Major
    2019-06-281344 Spliced Major
    2019-04-141344 Ely Surprise Major
    2019-04-121320 Ely Delight Minor
    2019-03-151280 Turramurra Surprise Major
    2019-03-101312 Bristol Surprise Major
    2019-02-081280 Deva Surprise Major
    2019-01-131296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2019-01-111250 Superlative Surprise Major
    2018-12-311263 Stedman Triples
    2018-12-311260 Stedman Triples
    2018-12-161260 Grandsire Doubles
    Full list of peals on Bellboard here
    Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

    Elsewhere in the Parish

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    Single bell

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