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Chevening, St Botolph


Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(As measured 1938)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
1 3-1-21 G 2007 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
2 3-2-13 F♯ 2007 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
3 4-0-1526½" E 1999 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
4 4-1-628⅜" D 1715 Richard Phelps, Whitechapel 4-1-8
5 5-2-130¼" C♯ 1999 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
6 6-1-831¾" B 1999 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
7 8-0-2635" A 1999 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
8 10-1-1338½" G 1938 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 10-1-17


The earlier ring of six

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble4¾ cwt approx.28⅜"D♯1715Richard PhelpsNeverStill in the tower
2nd5½ cwt approx.C♯1715Richard PhelpsNeverLost
3rd6 cwt approx.B1715Richard PhelpsNeverKnown to be cracked in 1867. Later lost.
4th8 cwt approx.A♯1715Richard PhelpsNeverLost
5th10½ cwt approx.39"G♯1715Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1938
Tenor14 cwt approx.F♯1715Richard PhelpsNeverLost


1715 Ring of 6 given by General (later the first Earl) Stanhope to commemorate the accession of George I.
1855 The church records show: "At a Parochial Visitation held at this Church on Tuesday May 1 1855. It was recommended to provide two new floors to the Belfry, and a complete new framework, wheels etc for the Bells: and it were greatly to be desired that the three missing bells should be replaced at the same time. The louvre boarding would fall to be replaced at the same time. Chas Lane, Rural Dean"
1867 Record of only 3 bells left. The original 3rd of this ring was noted to be cracked. It soon disappeared.
1887 Record of only 2 bells left, the treble and 5th.
1938 Tenor of the remaining 2 bells recast, and both bells rehung by Gillett & Johnston. The other bell was not tuned.
1999 4 new bells were cast to form bells 1, 3, 4, 5 around the existing 2 bells (cast 19th November at Whitechapel). They were cast and hung in a new frame by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. The frame had a foundation for 8 bells. Whitechapel did not retune the existing bells.
2000 20th Feb. The bells were dedicated by the Bishop of Tonbridge.
2007 2 new bells were added to augment the ring to 8.

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