Canterbury, Cathedral & Metropolitical Church of Christ

  • 14 bells hung for full circle ringing, a bourdon, 5 quarter chimes and a curfew bell
  • Tenor: 34-3-4 in C♯.
  • Grid Ref: TR150579
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1981 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Canterbury
  • 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
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1098 Prior Ernulf puts a bell in the Campanile, later adding 4 smaller ones.
1160 Prior Wybert adds a sixth bell to Campanile
1288 Prior Henry hangs original "Bell Harry" in North West Tower.
1316 Prior Henry placed 3 bells in Angel Steeple & "Thomas" in Campanile. Shortly after, 3 more bells were added to the Angel Steeple.
1343 Prior Hathbrand adds 2 larger bells to the four remaining bells in Campanile
1382 Campanile damaged in earthquake.
1408 Chillenden/Arundel replace the bells in the Angel Steeple with a heavier five.
1409 Angel Steeple bells dedicated.
1425 Oxford Tower built.
1433 Angel Steeple bells removed to North West Tower, replacing the existing bells which were themselves moved to the Oxford Tower.
1459 Great Dunstan cast.
1490 Smallest Arundel bell recast.
1499 John Bayle casts "le Mariebelle" and 5 other bells and recasts Great Dunstan.
1500 Bell Harry Tower completed and the 1288 Bell Harry installed on the top.
1541 Campanile bells forfeited to Crown.
1557 Sanctus Bell installed, probably in Bell Harry Tower.
1585 Sanctus Bell removed and given to Eastbridge Hospital. Second Arundel bell recast by Robert Mot of Whitechapel.
1606 Third Arundel bell recast.
1624 Fourth Arundel bell recast by Joseph Hatch.
1625 Four of the Oxford Tower bells recast and probably augmented to six.
1635 -6 Arundel bells rehung in a new frame & tuned. The tenor was replaced by 2 smaller bells to produce the first changeringing peal, by Joseph Hatch.
c 1650 Campanile demolished.
1663 Michael Darbie recasts Great Dunstan.
1684 Christopher Hodson recasts Great Dunstan.
1704 North West tower spire damaged.
1706 North West tower spire removed.
1726 Arundel bells removed and Oxford bells sold to Sandwich. Bell Harry replaced by a second-hand 1635 Joseph Hatch bell.
1727 Samuel Knight casts ring of 8 for Oxford Tower, recasting the 5th.
1728 Samuel Knight recasts the 6th.
1758 Attempt to mend Great Dunstan with solder.
1762 Lester, Pack & Chapman recast Great Dunstan.
1778 Tenor recast by Pack & Chapman.
1802 Peal augmented to 10 by Whitechapel.
1832 North West tower partially removed & rebuilt.
1854 3rd & 6th recast by Charles & George Mears, but found to be the wrong note, so recast again.
1872 Canterbury Chimes installed.
1892 Great Dunstan rehung on new steel girder headstock by Mr S.B.Goslin of Bishopsgate.
1897 Peal rehung by Thomas Blackbourne to Mr J.K.Jerram's design.
1923 Peal augmented to 12 by Whitechapel.
1951 Peal rehung on ball bearings and tenor recast by Whitechapel.
1959 Bell Harry has electronically operated hammer.
1975 Bell Harry rehung in new steel frame.
1981 The bells in the Oxford Tower are recast into a new 12 with two semione bell, Great Dunstan together with members of the clock chime are hung in the Arundel Tower and Bell Harry is rehung dead on Bell Harry Tower.
1998 Great Dunstan found to be cracked again, although Whitechapel recommend no action need be taken.

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2022-06-025184 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2022-02-055040 Spliced Plain Major (2m)
2020-02-015055 Stedman Caters
2019-10-055152 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2018-12-295042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
2018-05-195040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
2017-08-265040 Bristol Surprise Maximus
2016-12-295001 Stedman Cinques
2016-06-045184 Bristol Surprise Major
2016-04-165042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
2015-10-315040 Rigel Surprise Maximus
2014-12-295079 Stedman Caters
2014-11-155040 Bristol Surprise Maximus
2014-09-135088 Superlative Surprise Major
2014-03-015184 Stedman Caters
2013-12-295042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
2013-11-165300 Stedman Cinques
2013-07-255056 Cambridge Surprise Major
2013-03-235016 Plain Bob Maximus
2013-01-125040 Stedman Triples
2012-12-295007 Erin Cinques
2012-07-285060 Stedman Cinques
2012-06-025016 Plain Bob Maximus
2012-02-045019 Stedman Cinques
2011-12-295009 Stedman Cinques
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2022-06-121280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2022-06-051260 Stedman Triples
2022-06-041259 Grandsire Caters
2022-05-221259 Grandsire Caters
2022-05-151296 Little Bob Royal
2022-05-081296 Little Bob Royal
2022-04-241341 Grandsire Cinques
2022-03-271277 Stedman Caters
2022-01-231260 Plain Bob Royal
2022-01-161272 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2022-01-091376 Pudsey Surprise Major
2022-01-021296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2021-12-291250 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2021-12-261260 Stedman Triples
2021-12-241280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2021-12-231275 Stedman Caters
2021-12-211260 Plain Bob Royal
2021-12-081260 Stedman Triples
2021-11-281250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2021-11-141349 Grandsire Caters
2021-11-021260 Stedman Triples
2021-10-301440 Little Bob Royal
2021-10-241260 Plain Bob Royal
2021-10-101259 Grandsire Caters
2021-09-261287 Stedman Caters
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Canterbury Cathedral, Oxford Tower
12 bells plus extra treble and sharp 2nd hung for full circle ringing
Canterbury Cathedral, Arundel Tower
5 clock bells hung dead and bourdon hung for slow swinging with electric motor
Canterbury Cathedral, Central Tower
Single bell hung dead with electric solenoid hammer
Canterbury Cathedral, Former Campanile
Formerly 6 bells hung for swing chiming
Canterbury, The King's School
Single bell hung for swing chiming with lever and bell over Old Library

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 22 March 2020