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Canterbury, St Dunstan


Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(As received 1936)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 4-0-94-0-2727" D♯ 1777 William Mears 1936 Mears & Stainbank
2 3-3-274-0-328½" C♯ 1629 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 1936 Mears & Stainbank
3 5-1-65-1-1230½" B 1777 William Mears 1936 Mears & Stainbank
4 7-0-1634" A♯ 1605 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never
5 10-1-2210-2-638½" G♯ 1325 William le Belyetere, Canterbury 1936 Mears & Stainbank
Tenor 13-2-1513-3-544" F♯ 1676 Thomas Palmar II, Whitechapel 1936 Mears & Stainbank


Prior to 1777.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
2nd (of 5)1660Thomas Palmar IINever


c 1325 Present 5th cast (probably tenor of 3).
1500 Wackerell Bell recast by Richard Kerner.
1605 Middle bell recast by Joseph Hatch.
1629 New treble cast by Joseph Hatch.
1660 2nd (of 4) recast by Thomas Palmar I.
1676 Ring augmented to 5 with a tenor by Thomas Palmar II (his only known bell).
1758 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [1]
1777 2nd recast, and new treble cast by William Mears.
1778 The restored bells were opened by the Canterbury Youths on 5 Jan. [2]
1935 Bells removed from tower while concrete ring beam was fitted.
1936 Bells retuned and rehung in a 2 separate frames (1,3,5 above) by Mears & Stainbank.
1969 Clappers rebushed.
1971 Tenor refitted with new gudgeons and reinstated by the KCACR.
1975 4th gudgeon repaired. Headstock reinstated by the Kent C.A.
1981 5th rehung with new gudgeons.
2003 Tenor refitted with a pair of new gudgeons after one of them failed. The work was done by the KCACR.
[1] "The Tower stands at the West End of South Isle. In it hang 5 Bells, thus inscribed: 1. Joseph Hatch made Me, 1629. Autho. Ropar ric: Spencer Oeconomicis. 2. Thomas Palmar made Me, 1660. Tho. Simpson, Ch. Warden. 3. Joseph Hatch made Me, 1605. J.F.C.W. 4. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1759)
[2] On Monday January the 5th, 1778, a peal of six bells was opened at St. Dunstan;s church near this city, when the Canterbury youth rang a peal of 720 plain bob changes, without a [..] compleat, in 28 minutes, being the first time [..] has been rung in this county. (Kentish Gazette (Wednesday 14 January 1778))


  • "The Parish Church of St Dunstan, Canterbury, Kent", Cawley, David L (The Ringing World) 13 October 1972
  • Gallery

    The second bell, cast by Joseph Hatch in 1629.
    Photo: David Cawley collection.

    Some of the bell repairs in 2017.
    Photo: David L Cawley, 2017
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2015-06-275040 Doubles (3m/2v)
    2009-06-275040 Doubles (9m/9v)
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-04-211260 Doubles (3m)
    2019-03-301320 Surfleet Surprise Minor
    2019-01-051260 Grandsire Doubles
    2018-12-251260 Doubles (12 Mv)
    2018-12-241260 Doubles (3 M)
    2018-12-161260 Doubles (3m)
    2018-11-111260 Doubles (11 M V P)
    2018-07-061260 Doubles (6m)
    2018-06-301260 Plain Bob Minor
    2018-06-221260 Plain Bob Minor
    2018-05-051260 Plain Bob Minor
    2018-04-231260 Doubles (3m)
    2018-04-011290 Bedfordshire Bob Doubles
    2018-02-121260 Grandsire Doubles
    2017-12-251260 Stedman Doubles
    2017-12-241260 Doubles
    2017-12-171260 Doubles (5m/V)
    2017-09-181260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2017-04-161260 Doubles (11 Mvp)
    2017-02-181272 Oxford Treble Bob Minor
    2016-12-251260 Julie McDonnell Doubles
    2016-12-181260 Doubles (3m)
    2016-11-131380 Stedman Doubles
    2016-11-051260 Doubles (3m)
    2016-08-061260 Doubles (4 Mp)
    2016-07-101260 Doubles (4 M P)
    Full list of peals here
    Full list of quarters here

    Elsewhere in the Parish

    Canterbury, St Edmund's School

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