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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.
  • Grid Ref: TQ927629
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Single Bell 29½" D 1900 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never


Prior to 1900

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Single bell6-0-030"Mid 16th CentWilliam OldfieldNeverRecast 1900


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.

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