Broomfield, St Margaret

Photo: Richard Offen, 2005

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 3-3-2 in C♯.
  • Grid Ref: TQ839524
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: c. 1880 Mears & Stainbank. Extended in oak by Chris Saunders in 2015.
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Maidstone
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 2-1-921" A♯ 2016 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
® 2 2-1-1922" G♯ 2014 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
® 3 2-2-423" F♯ 1898 John Warner & Sons Conventional
® 4 3-1-325⅝" E♯ Unknown Conventional
® 5 3-2-1326¾" D♯ 1663 William Hatch Conventional
® Tenor 3-3-227⁷⁄₁₆" C♯ 1879 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Conventional

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


How the bells are tuned

Prior to 1879

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Tenor (of 3)3-3-191579Anthony WakefieldNeverRecast 1879


c 1450 Present 4th cast.
1579 Former tenor cast, founder thought to be A. Wakefield.
1663 Present 5th cast.
1799 Hasted makes no mention of bells. [1]
1879 Tenor recast by Mears & Stainbank.
1880 Bells rehung in a new timber frame by Mears & Stainbank.
2015 The ring of 3 was augmented with two trebles by John Taylor & Co. The treble was a newly cast bell, while the 2nd came from Ewood Park, Blackburn, having been donated by the Keltek Trust. The complete new section of Frame was a gift from the parish with donations to cover the cost of the oak needed coming from residents who wanted to help the project be completed and was constructed by Chris Saunders over several months in prefabricated form before being installed.
2016 The ring of 5 was augmented to 6 with the addition of a new treble.
[1] No mention of bells. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)


The belfry before the ring of 3 was augmented.
Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2000

The bells are rung from the ground floor just inside the west door.
Photo: Dickon R Love, 2017
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2021-10-215040 Surprise Minor (5m)
2019-10-175040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2019-06-185040 Surprise Minor
2018-05-155040 Surprise Minor
2017-11-185040 Surprise Minor
2015-08-305040 Doubles (7 Methods)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2022-06-221260 Plain Bob Minor
2022-05-181260 Grandsire Doubles
2022-04-271260 Plain Bob Minor
2022-02-161260 Stedman Doubles
2022-01-261260 Stedman Doubles
2022-01-191260 Grandsire Doubles
2022-01-121260 Grandsire Doubles
2021-12-221260 Plain Bob Minor
2021-12-081260 Grandsire Doubles
2021-11-241260 Grandsire Doubles
2021-11-171260 Grandsire Doubles
2021-11-101272 Plain Bob Minimus
2021-10-201260 Grandsire Doubles
2021-10-131260 Stedman Doubles
2021-09-011260 Grandsire Doubles
2021-08-251260 Grandsire Doubles
2021-08-111260 Stedman Doubles
2021-08-041260 Grandsire Doubles
2021-07-281260 Grandsire Doubles
2021-07-211440 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2021-07-141260 Doubles (2m/p)
2021-07-071260 Grandsire Doubles
2021-06-301260 Plain Bob Minor
2021-06-231260 Grandsire Doubles
2021-06-161272 Plain Bob Minimus
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: 15 April 2020