Doddington, St John the Baptist

Photo: Richard Offen

  • 2 bells hung for swing chiming with levers
  • Tenor: 6-1-13 in B♭.
  • Formerly ring of 6. 4 sold leaving 2 remaining.
  • Grid Ref: TQ939575
  • Frame: Timber frame
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҂ 1 5-3-2531¼" G 1751 Robert Catlin, Holborn
҂ 2 6-1-1332½" B♭ 1962 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never

҂  - Hung for swing chiming


Prior to 1962

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Tenor (of 2)7¼ cwt approx.34"B1712Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1962 to Bb as wrong note and was cracked.


1650 Record of 6 bells in the tower, but in this year, the steeple of the church was struck by lightning, damaging the bells that were in the tower. [1]
1712 Bell cast by Richard Phelps (evolved to be tenor of 2).
1751 Bell cast by Robert Catlin (evolved to be treble of 2).
1760 Faussett recorded that there were 6 bells, but three were cracked useless bells out of their frames. It appears that this was the result of fire. [2]
c 1800 The present wooden tower was built on the base of a stone one. Four of the bells are said to have been sold to defray the expense.
1887 Stahlschmidt noted the 2 bells, and stated that there used to be 6 bells in the tower.
1962 Tenor recast. Both bells were rehung in the old frame.
[1] The church, which is dedicated to St. John Baptist, consists of a body and chancel, with a chapel or chantry on the south side of it, belonging to the Sharsted estate. At the west end is a low pointed steeple, in which are six bells. About the year 1650, the steeple of this church was set on fire by lightning, and much damaged. ("The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 6", Edward Hasted)
[2] "six bells, but three of them useless, being cracked and out of their frames." (Bryan Faussett 1760 (as referred by J C L Stahlschmidt 1887))

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