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Dover, St Mary in Castro


Photo: Dickon Love

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Disused Bell 2¼ cwt approx.20" 1639 John Clifton Never
1 4½ cwt approx.28¾" 1880 John Warner & Sons Never

Inscriptions

Bells thought to be in the tower in the 17th Cent.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble9-2-14?38"1345UnknownNeverSold c. 1690
2nd12-2-0?41"UnknownNeverSold c. 1690
3rd16-0-0?45"UnknownNeverSold c. 1690
4th19-2-0?48"UnknownNeverSold c. 1690
5th26-3-0?54"1381Stephen NortonNeverSold c. 1690
Tenor25 cwt approx.?60"1345UnknownNeverSold c. 1690

Prior to 1381

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
5th (of 6)26-3-0?54"1345UnknownNeverRecast 1381

History

1154 - 1189 This is the reign of Henry II during which tradition states that a ring of 5 was placed in the tower.
1345 Two new bells were cast at a cost of £15 18s. 5¼d. These weighed 4266lb and 1078lb.
1381 A bell was cast by Stephen Norton as part of a ring of six. The bell was reputedly about 26 cwt which would fit in with this being the 5th. Tradition says that these bells were hung in the Pharos Tower although the central tower would have more room.
1639 Small bell cast by John Clifton, now disused and may have been the clock bell for the ancient clock now preserved in the Science Museum, Sth Kensington. It may have also been used as a bell to summon the garrison as it has a clapper suspended by a staple.
1690 The church was closed and the 6 bells sold. There is a reference that the old 5 went to St Thomas, Portsmouth (now Cathedral), although not substantiated. It seems most likely that they were sent to Portsmouth dockyard, smashed up and made into cannons.
1861 Church restored. The Clifton bell was used.
1880 Bell cast by John Warner.

Gallery


The church in 1858.
Photo: David Cawley collection

Also taken before 1880 when the top of the tower was built.
Photo: David Cawley collection
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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