Iwade, All Saints

  • 2 bells hung for swing chiming with levers
  • Tenor: 1½ cwt approx.
  • Grid Ref: TQ901679
  • The oldest pair of bells in the county.
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 3 oak beams set into the top of the tower walls (pre-18th Cent)
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҂ 1 1½ cwt approx.19¾" 12th Cent Unknown Never
҂ 2 1½ cwt approx.19⅜" 12th Cent Unknown Never

҂  - Hung for swing chiming


c 1150 Two bells were cast in the 12th Century which survive to this day. They constitute the oldest pair of bells in the county.
1992 Rehung for swing chiming after Whitechapel refurbished them with new fittings.


  • "Tone still distinctly mediaeval", Lewis, Frank H (The Ringing World) 28 August 1992
  • "Kent County Assocation Report on the Bells", Offen, Richard C, & Petts, Dawn V A (KCACR) 15 August 1978
  • Gallery

    The 2 ancient bells hanging in the rafters below the spire. Photograph taken before they were rehung.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 1991

    The bells following rehanging.
    Photo: David Cawley collection, 1992

    Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 28 June 2020