Ryarsh, St Martin

Photo: Richard Offen, 2007

  • 3 bells hung for swing chiming with levers
  • Tenor: 6-3-22 in B♭.
  • Formerly ring of 3, tenor 7-1-22. Rehung for swing chiming.
  • Grid Ref: TQ672591
  • Frame: Timber, latest reconstruction 1879 from earlier frame members.
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)

(Prior to retuning)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҂ 1 5-1-1630¼" D 1779 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel 1989 Whitechapel
҂ 2 5-1-331⅛" C 1616 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 1989 Whitechapel
҂ 3 6-3-227-1-2234¾" B♭ 1879 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1989 Whitechapel

҂  - Hung for swing chiming


Prior to 1879

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Tenor8-1-24MediaevalRichard ChamberlainNeverRecast 1879


1616 Present middle bell cast.
1779 Present treble cast.
1798 Hasted makes no mention of bells. [1]
1879 The mediaeval tenor was recast and the bells were rehung with all new full circle ringing fittings by Mears & Stainbank with latchet stays and sliders. The timber frame probably dates to this year too.
1989 Bells retuned and rehung for swing chiming with levers, by Whitechapel. The bells had been quite ringable some 3 or 4 decades earlier.
2003 Christopher Pickford inspected the frame and gave an authoritative report. [2]
[1] ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent', Edward Hasted)
[2] The wooden bellframe contains reused timbers from earlier frames and in its present form it represents several stages of construction. There are some curved braces from a mediaeval frame (fifteenth-century), with evidence of head struts and transoms. The queen posts - in all four trusses - appear to relate to a reconstruction of the frame in about 1600, when long heads were added. The present heads on the two inner trusses, and the return sections on the north and south sides of the frame, relate to a further reconstruction and repair in the nineteenth-century. (Notes from Pickford, C J)

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 3 April 2020