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Strood, St Nicholas

Photo: Dickon Love

  • 10 tubular bells
  • Tenor: 8½ cwt approx. in .
  • Grid Ref: TQ736693
  • Rung from: Don't know / not applicable
  • Diocese: Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: II. Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned

Prior to 1898

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 3)5 cwt approx.30"1765UnknownNeverCrashed 1898.
2nd (of 3)6 cwt approx.32"1788"Old" John WarnerNeverCrashed 1898.
Tenor (of 3)8½ cwt approx.36"1788"Old" John WarnerNeverCrashed 1898.

Prior to 1800

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
?UnknownNeverSold 1818 or 1851
?UnknownNeverSold 1818 or 1851
?UnknownNeverSold 1818 or 1851


1552 Record of 4 bells and a sanctus in the tower.
1765 The bells had been augmented to 5 at some stage, and in this year a new bell was added to make 6.
1788 2 bells (conjectured to be the 2nd and 3rd of 6) were recast by "Old" John Warner.
1797 Record of 6 bells in the tower. [1]
1818 The church and top of the tower were rebuilt.
1846 Some parts of the church clock went missing, stolen it seems by a workman of the millwright and horologist John Stedman. A new clock was therefore bought from the sale of 3 of the cracked bells. The bells were sold in 1850.
1887 A gentleman offered to put a new ring of bells in the tower. This generous offer was rejected by the Trustees.
1898 The tower was gutted by fire, the bells crashed and broke and later sold. A new clock was purchased and 10 tubular bells were installed, made by Harrington, Latham & Co.
[1] The church of Stroud is dedicated to St. Nicholas. It was formerly a chapel to the parish church of Frindsbury. It is a spacious building, consisting of a nave and two isles, and the great chancel, with a tower steeple at the west end, in which is a cloc ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 5', Edward Hasted)

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