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Knockholt, St Katharine


Photo: Dickon Love, Jan 2005

  • 2 bells hung for swing chiming
  • Tenor: 3½ cwt approx. in F.
  • Formerly ring of 3, now 2 remaining swing chimed.
  • Grid Ref: TQ467589
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester


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

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
҂ 1 2½ cwt approx.22¼" G♯ 1961 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
҂ 2 3½ cwt approx.24¾" F 1662 John Hodson, WhitechapelNever

҂  - Hung for swing chiming

Inscriptions

Prior to 1961

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
1 of 23-0-024"1764Thomas JanawayNeverRecast 1961

History

c 1500 A timber frame was built. It appears to be a short headed frame converted to long heads and retaining the struts from braces to heads.
1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower.
1662 Tenor recast by John Hodson. It has 6 canons.
1764 Forerunner of present Treble recast by Thomas Janaway.
1840 The short squat tower and broached spire was replaced with a clock tower. One of the pits from the pre-Reformation frame was removed and the remaining frame rebuilt in the tower. At some point the third bell was disposed of leaving just 2 bells.
1961 Treble recast by Mears & Stainbank. The tenor was turned by not tuned. Both bells were rehung for swing chiming with levers with new fittings.

Gallery


The belfry.
Photo: Dickon Love, 29 Jan 2005


Photo: Dickon Love, 29 Jan 2005


Photo: Dickon Love, 29 Jan 2005

Elsewhere in the Parish

Knockholt, School
Single bell


Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 28 March 2020