Dover, St Mary in Castro

Photo: Dickon Love

  • Central tower contains one bell hung for swing chiming and disused bell at the west end of the nave
  • Tenor: 4½ cwt approx. in D.
  • Formerly ring of 6, tenor 25 cwt approx. Sold, possibly to Portsmouth as scrap or bells.
  • Grid Ref: TR326418

Details of the Bells

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

҂  - Hung for swing chiming


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

Bell Weight
(most recent)
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)
5th (of 6)26-3-0?54"1345UnknownNeverRecast 1381


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.


The church in 1858.
Photo: David Cawley collection

Also taken before 1880 when the top of the tower was built.
Photo: David Cawley collection

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