Untitled Document

Chevening, St Botolph


Details of the Bells

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


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 t
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 th
2000 20th Feb. The bells were dedicated by the Bishop of Tonbridge.
2007 2 new bells were added to augment the ring to 8.


The belfry 2005.
Photo: Dickon Love, 28 Mar 2005

Originally the treble of a ring of 6, the bell below is the last survivor of this ring. It is now the 2nd of the remodelled ring of 6 (now 4th of 8).
Photo: Frank Lewis, 1999

The belfry.
Photo: Dickon Love, 28 Mar 2005

The 4th, originally the treble of the first ring of 6 in this tower.
Photo: Dickon Love, 28 Mar 2005

The 7th.
Photo: Dickon Love, 28 Mar 2005

The Gillett & Johnston tenor. Unusually they reproduced the inscription on the former bell in facsimile.
Photo: Dickon Love, 28 Mar 2005

Looking up from the ground floor, 6 rope holes can be seen where the former ring of 6 was rung. There are signs that these bells were rung from a gallery (now removed).
Photo: Dickon Love, 28 Mar 2005

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