Halstead, St Margaret

Photo: Dickon Love, Jan 2005

  • Single bell hung for swing chiming with lever in open gable
  • Tenor: 5 cwt approx. in C♯.
  • Formerly ring of 5, now 1 bell with remainder scrapped.
  • Grid Ref: TQ483617
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester

    Sound clip of the single bell.(Dickon R Love, 29 Jan 2005)

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҂ Single Bell 5 cwt approx.29½" C♯ 1612 William Carter, Whitechapel Never

҂  - Hung for swing chiming


How the bells are tuned

Prior to 1845

Bell DateFounderRetunedFate
1612William CarterNeverScrapped 1845
1612William CarterNeverScrapped 1845
1612William CarterNeverScrapped 1845
1612William CarterNeverScrapped 1845


1609 The church (which was the chapel of Halstead Park) was rebuilt by Thomas Watson Esquire and equipped with 4 bells.
1612 Up to 4 new bells cast by William Carter, probably the ones given by Sir Thomas Watson.
1846 3rd Jan Whitechapel Daybook notes:- Revd. Edward Heawood, To Cash for 2 old bells, 3-3-18 and 6-3-20 (together 10-3-2 gross, 10-2-20 nett) £39.17.0. Another note claims the first bell was 3-3-10.
1880 Present church built (on a different site).
1897 Church enlarged.


A close up of the bell hanging in the gable end.
Photo: Dickon Love, 29 Jan 2005

A print, dated 1838, of the original church. The tower used to contain a ring of 5 bells.

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 30 December 2020