Otford, St Bartholomew

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 10-1-7 in A♭.
  • Grid Ref: TQ528593
  • Rung from: Ground floor
  • Frame: 2000 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Tonbridge
  • 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 4-0-126¹⁄₁₆" F 2000 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 2 4-2-2728¼" E♭ 1887 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 2000 Whitechapel
® 3 5-0-1529½" D♭ 2000 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 4 5-3-1531" C 2000 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 5 7-2-633¾" B♭ 2000 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® Tenor 10-1-738⅛" A♭ 1974 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Previous Bells

Bell DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Treble29½"1622Thomas BartlettNeverRecast 1887
Tenor39"1674John HodsonNeverRecast 1974


1180 -1190 Tower built. The upper part of the tower and the spire were added in the 17th Century.
1622 A bell was cast or recast by Thomas Bartlett, ultimately becoming the treble of 2.
1674 A bell was cast or recast by John and Christopher Hodson, ultimately becoming the tenor of 2. Elizabeth Polhill was the widow of David Polhill, the donor of the Communion Plate in 1666. The family were landowners here for several centuries.
1887 The treble, which was cracked and useless, was recast by Mears & Stainbank.
1974 The Hodson tenor, which had become cracked, was recast by Whitechapel. Discussions took place between the KCACR and the PCC about hanging a new light six in the tower. This plan never materialised.
1975 The two bells were rehung by Whitechapel with full circle wheels (although they were technically not hung for full-circle ringing).
2000 The two bells were refurbished and four new bells were added as 1,3,4,5 to form a six. The bells were rung for the first time on 23rd October and the new ring of 6 bells was dedicated by The Rt Revd Brian Smith, Bishop of Tonbridge on 26th November.


One of the new bells rings out beside one of the older bells.
Photo: Frank Lewis, 2000

The old two bells on the floor of the ringing room. The tenor is in the foreground.
Photo: Frank Lewis, 2000
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-02-065040 Surprise Minor
2011-12-175040 Treble Dodging Minor (7m)
2011-04-125040 Doubles (7m)
2010-01-015040 Surprise Minor
2008-10-035040 Minor
2007-08-245040 Minor (7m)
2005-10-225040 Plain Bob Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2022-02-151296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2022-01-051296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2021-09-201296 Elston Delight Minor
2019-12-281260 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-11-181304 Minor
2019-06-181272 Norwich Surprise Minor
2019-06-151260 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-06-111260 Plain Bob Minor
2019-05-011260 Doubles
2019-03-251260 Doubles and Minor
2018-11-061260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-08-201260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-06-191260 Doubles (1p/5m)
2018-06-161260 Plain Bob Minor
2018-05-061260 Doubles
2017-12-061260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-11-061320 Norwich Surprise Minor
2017-11-011260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-09-191260 Doubles (5m)
2017-07-031260 Plain Bob Minor
2017-06-171260 Doubles (3m)
2017-05-311320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2017-04-241260 St Simon's Bob Doubles
2017-04-051260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-04-031260 Plain Bob Minor
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