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Challock, Ss Cosmas & Damian

Photo: Richard Offen, 2005

  • 2 bells
  • Tenor: 11½ cwt approx. in F♯.
  • Grid Ref: TR011491
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: II*. Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
1 8½ cwt approx.37" G♯ 1614 Stephen Swan, Kent Never
2 11½ cwt approx.41½" F♯ 1640 Henry Wilnar, Borden, Kent Never


Prior to 1946.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 4)5½ cwt approx.31"B1634John WilnarNeverWent missing in 1951.
2nd (of 4)7¼ cwt approx.34"A♯1724John WaylettNeverWent missing in 1951.


1552 Record of 4 bells in the tower.
1614 3rd (of 4) recast by Stephen Swan.
1634 Treble (of 4) recast by John Wilnar.
1640 Tenor (of 4) recast by Henry Wilnar.
1724 2nd (of 4) recast by John Waylett.
1757 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [1]
1946 The roof over the main body of the church collapsed. It was decided to rebuild and the bells were to be rehung for ringing in a new frame. They were sent to Gillett & Johnston at Croydon.
1957 The two remaining bells were recovered from Croydon by Mears & Stainbank and hung dead by Mears & Stainbank.
1958 The rebuilding work was completed. G&J had closed and Mears could only recover 2 of the bells. The others may have been broken up in error. The bells were therefore rehung for stationary chiming & the old frame and bell chamber floor removed.
[1] This Church consists of a Body, 2 Side Isles, and 2 Chancells. In the North Isle are Stone Steps wch. have formerly led up to a Rood Loft. It is cover’d partly with Lead and Partly with Tiles. The Steeple is Towerd, and stands at ye West End, having in it 4 Bells with ye following Inscriptions. 1. John WILNER Made Me 1634. 2. John WAYLET Made Me 1724. 3. Stephanus SWAN Me fecit. 1614. 4. Henri WILNAR Made Me 1640. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1757)

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