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Bapchild, St Laurence


Photo: Richard Offen, Mar 2006

  • 1 bell hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 5-0-17 in D♯.
  • Formerly ring of 3. No further information.
  • Grid Ref: TQ927629
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: Timber, late 16th Cent, for 3 bells.
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone


Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Single Bell 5-0-1729½" D♯ 1900 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Doncaster Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

Prior to 1900

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Single bell6-0-030"Mid 16th CentWilliam OldfieldNeverRecast 1900

History

c 1250 13th Cent: Tower built, later to hold 3 bells.
c 1540 Bell cast by William Oldfield.
c 1800 Prior to 1800, 2 of the 3 bells were "disposed of by Churchwardens to defray the expense of repairs".
1887 Stahlschmidt records the Oldfield bell.
1900 The remarkable remaining bell was recast by Mears & Stainbank, but the inscription and marks were not reproduced on its successor.
2014 Work by Chris Trafford allowed the bell to be rung full circle again.

Gallery


The belfry.
Photo: Chris Trafford, Oct 2014

The belfry.
Photo: Chris Trafford, Oct 2014

The belfry.
Photo: Chris Trafford, Oct 2014

The belfry.
Photo: Chris Trafford, Oct 2014

The belfry.
Photo: Chris Trafford, Oct 2014


Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 23 March 2022