Untitled Document

Bromley, Ss Peter & Paul

Photo: Dickon Love, Apr 2013

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 16-2-845" F 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
7 12-3-1940½" G 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
6 9-0-1736¹¹⁄₁₆" A 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
5 7-2-2534⁹⁄₁₆" B♭ 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
4 6-1-831½" C 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
3 5-2-2530" D 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
2 5-1-428⅝" E 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
Treble 5-0-2428¼" F 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
Clock 3-0-2424¹³⁄₁₆" F 1950 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never


How the bells are tuned

Prior to 1941

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(As received 1930)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)5-0-175-1-1029"F1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
2nd (of 8)5-1-185-2-1329¾"E1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
3rd (of 8)6-0-246-1-1632"D1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
4th (of 8)8-0-208-1-534"C1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
5th (of 8)8-3-69-1-1637¾"B♭1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
6th (of 8)10-0-710-3-038¾"A1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
7th (of 8)12-0-1412-1-2741½"G1773Thomas Janaway1930 Mears & StainbankDestroyed 1941
Tenor (of 8)17-1-1418-0-1947¼"F1773Thomas 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)


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.
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)
2010-10-235120 Lessness Surprise Major
2010-01-235024 Bristol Surprise Major
2009-07-255040 Stedman Triples
2009-04-045152 Lessness Surprise Major
2008-10-255120 Cambridge Surprise Major
2008-05-035184 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2007-12-085024 Bristol Surprise Major
2007-10-275088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2005-09-245040 Plain Bob Major
2005-02-125056 Superlative Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-01-121344 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
2017-10-131282 Spliced Surprise Major (5m)
2017-09-291344 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
2017-09-171344 Bristol Surprise Major
2017-09-161260 Grandsire Triples
2017-07-011280 Woodstock Surprise Major
2017-04-091344 Plain Bob Major
2017-04-081263 Stedman Triples
2017-01-201282 Cassiobury Surprise Major
2016-12-161344 Lessness Surprise Major
2016-10-211312 Cornwall Surprise Major
2016-08-261280 Bristol Surprise Major
2016-07-151312 Bristol Surprise Major
2016-06-171250 Spliced Surprise Major (3m)
2016-06-051320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-05-201280 London Surprise Major
2015-11-291296 Beverley Surprise Minor
2015-11-011260 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-10-191260 Stedman Triples
2015-08-091250 Bristol Surprise Major
2015-06-071280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2015-03-221296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2015-02-221260 Grandsire Triples
2015-01-041312 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
2013-09-291272 Minimus
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Shortlands, Valley Primary School
Single bell

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