Wilmington, St Michael

Photo: Dickon Love, 31st Oct 2010

  • 3 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 6 cwt approx. in A♯.
  • Grid Ref: TQ538724
  • Rung from: Ground floor
  • Frame: 1893 John Warner & Sons
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Lewisham
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 4½ cwt approx.28½" C♯ 1618 William Land II Conventional Never
® 2 5 cwt approx.30" B♯ 1685 Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional Never
® Tenor 6 cwt approx.32" A♯ 1893 John Warner & Sons Conventional Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
1 All bells 1893 John Warner & Sons Timber


How the bells are tuned

Earlier bell

Bell Weight
(most recent)
3 (of 3)6 cwt approx.31.5"1636William Land IINeverRecast 1893


1552 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [1]
1618 Present treble cast by William Land II.
1636 Tenor cast by William Land II (according to Stahlschmidt).
1685 Present middle bell cast by Christopher Hodson.
1774 Record of only 3 bells in the tower (according to Stahlschmidt).
1797 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [2]
1893 Tenor recast by Warner & Sons when it is assumed that they rehung the bells in the present timber frame. The old inscription was reproduced on the bell, but with the year 1656 rather than 1636: the bell is more likely to have been cast in 1636.
1981 New ropes were provided, according to a plaque in the church. It also looks as if the frame was strengthened and wheels/fittings patched up at some point since Warner's did their work. Investigations are taking place to pin down when this work was done.
[1] Item iiij bells suted of brasse in the Steple One procession bell and a saints bell of brasse presented to be stllen. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] The church is dedicated to St. Michael, and consists of one isle and a chancel, having a spire steeple at the west end, which standing on the knoll of the hill, is an object for many miles round. There are three bells in it. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 2', Edward Hasted)


Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

Photo: Dickon Love, 2010
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