Fairfield, St Thomas-a-Becket

Photo: David Cawley

  • 3 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 3-0-11 in G.
  • Grid Ref: TQ966264
  • Complete ring cast at the same time
  • Rung from: Ground floor
  • Frame: 1913 Mears & Stainbank, made of timber
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 1-2-2619⅞" 1913 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
® 2 2-1-1021⅞" 1913 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
® Tenor 3-0-1124" 1913 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Earlier ring of three

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Treble2-1-1622½"1418-1440John WalgraveNeverRecast 1913
22-0-2523½"1418-1440John WalgraveNeverRecast 1913
Tenor2-1-1825"1474John DanyellNeverRecast 1913


1418 -1440 Two (or 3) bells cast by John Walgrave (treble and 2nd of 3).
c 1475 Bell cast (or recast) by John Danyell (tenor of 3).
1552 Record of the 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1799 Record of 1 bell. [2]
1913 The church was completely reconstructed by W. D. Caroe using as much of the old material as possible; this included a good proportion of the old bell frame. The foundry provided only for recasting the three bells (£16.16s.0d.) and three sets of fittings "for chiming" (£21.0s.0d.); presumably the stays and sliders were added later. Carriage to and from Fairfield cost a further £1.10s.0d. which must have been interesting, as the church was surrounded by water at the time, and the bells had to be ferried from the roadside to the church.
[1] Item in the steple iij small bells. Mem: Sold . . . One handbell and a sacryng bell. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] The church, which is dedicated to St. Thomas, (Becket) the martyr, is very small, and built of brick. It consists of one isle and one chancel, having a low pointed wooden turret at the west end, in which hangs one bell. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)


The church in floods. Picture before 1913.
Photo: David Cawley collection

Another picture of the church prior to 1913.
Photo: David Cawley collection
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-07-181260 Stedman Singles
2011-08-091260 Bifter Singles
2002-05-251260 Original Singles
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

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