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Swingfield, St Peter


Photo: Richard Offen, 2005

  • 1 bell hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 7 cwt approx. in B.
  • Formerly ring of 3, 7 cwt approx. 2 bells sold.
  • Grid Ref: TR215429
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
® Single Bell 7 cwt approx.34⅜" B 1696 John Wood, BishopsgateNever

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

Prior to c.1796

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Treble (of 3)4¾ cwt approx.29"1696John WoodNeverSold c. 1796
2nd (of 3)5¼ cwt approx.31"1696John WoodNeverSold c. 1796

History

1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower.
1696 Bells recast by John Wood of Bishopsgate. This may have been his only known complete ring?
1758 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
c 1796 The 2 trebles were sold.
1799 Record of 1 bell. [2]
1896 Remaining bell rehung in old fittings in a new frame, locally made.
1971 Bell rehung un new fittings (for ringing, but with no stay or slider) in the old frame by Whitechapel.
2000 Church made redundant.
[1] This Church is but Small, and consists only of The Chancell and the Body. At The West End is a pretty handsome Tower in which hang 3 Bells, thus inscribed. 1. I.W. – I.R. 1696. 2. I.W. – I.R. 1696. (These 2 are gone). 3 John RICHARDS W. 1696 (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)
[2] The church, which is dedicated to St. Peter, consists of one isle and one chancel, having a square tower, with a beacon turret at the west end, in which is one bell. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)



Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 9 May 2020