Alkham, St Anthony of Pamiers

Photo: Dickon Love

  • 4 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 7 cwt approx. in B.
  • Grid Ref: TR255424
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: Probably locally made, has the design of a hollow square of 16th/17th century design. It was copied in 1873 and built centrally in the large tower.
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: 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 Canons Retuned
® Treble 4 cwt approx.26¼" E 1683 John Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional Never
® 2 5 cwt approx.29" D♯ 1683 John Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional Never
® 3 5-2-1431¼" C♯ 1873 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Conventional Never
® Tenor 7 cwt approx.31⅛" B 1683 John Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
1 All bells 1873 Timber


Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
3 (of 4)5-1-2231⅛"C♯1683John HodsonNeverRecast 1873


1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1683 Ring of 4 cast by John Hodson.
1759 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [2]
1799 Edward Hasted recorded 3 bells in the tower. Perhaps the 3rd was unhung at the time. [3]
1873 3rd recast and bells rehung in a new timber frame by Mears & Stainbank.
1961 Bells rehung by Mears & Stainbank in the old frame,
[1] Item in the stepyll there iij bells. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] "This Church consists of The Great and North Chancells, Body, and South Isle. In The Tower, which is cap’t by a low Spire, hang 4 Bells, all cast by John Hodson, 1683." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1759)
[3] "The church, which is dedicated to St. Anthony the Martyr, is a handsome building, consisting of three isles and two chancels, having a tower steeple, with a low pointed turret on it, in which hang three bells." ("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: 1 April 2016