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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
  • Diocese: 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 Retuned

Prior to 1981.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate

Prior to 1951.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate

Prior to 1855.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate

Prior to 1854.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate

Previous castings of Great Dunstan.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate

The Six Oxfords.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate

The 1499 Ring of Five.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate

Bells transferred to the Oxford Tower in 1433.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate


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.
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
2011-11-195136 Bristol Surprise Maximus
2011-07-025025 Stedman Cinques
2011-06-045050 Stedman Cinques
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-09-221264 Plain Bob Major
2019-09-151260 Grandsire Triples
2019-09-081260 Plain Bob Royal
2019-08-251259 Grandsire Caters
2019-08-111280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2019-07-281368 Little Bob Royal
2019-07-201260 Stedman Triples
2019-07-141259 Grandsire Caters
2019-06-231343 Erin Caters
2019-06-091342 Grandsire Cinques
2019-06-081260 Grandsire Doubles
2019-06-011344 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
2019-05-261253 Grandsire Cinques
2019-04-281259 Grandsire Caters
2019-04-111263 Stedman Caters
2018-12-241259 Grandsire Caters
2018-12-231301 Stedman Cinques
2018-12-191342 Grandsire Cinques
2018-12-091259 Grandsire Caters
2018-11-111264 Plain Bob Major
2018-10-281259 Grandsire Caters
2018-10-141320 Plain Bob Maximus
2018-09-231259 Grandsire Caters
2018-09-061260 Grandsire Triples
2018-08-121276 Grandsire Cinques
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

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