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Leaveland, St Laurence


  • Single bell with trigger action clapper
  • Tenor: 1-1-6 in B♭.
  • Grid Ref: TR004548
  • Frame: Hung in an open cupola at the west end of the church.
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: II*. Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(Prior to retuning (2016))
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Single 1-1-6Prior to retuning (2016)18.31" B♭ 1868 Robert Stainbank, Whitechapel 2016 Whitechapel

How the bells are tuned

Prior to 2012

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Single bell1 cwt approx.18"1581UnknownNeverStolen 2012


1222 Church consecrated.
1581 Bell cast. Stahlschmidt described it in 1887 as somewhat eccentric in shape and proabably the work of a local genius, not a bell founder by trade. According to the Churchwarden in 2016, it sounded dreadful! [1]
1882 Vestry added.
2012 November Bell stolen from the turret.
2016 A bell that was being stored at the local hall was taken to Whitechapel Bell Foundry where it was sandblasted, tuned and fitted in the empty cupola with stationary chiming fittings including a trigger action clapper. [2]
[1] Bell somewhat eccentric in shape, and probably the work of a local genius, not a bellfounder by trade. What date he meant by the hieroglyph he has put on the bell it is difficult to say - I incline to 1581; 3 the figures are clearly reversed. (Church Bells of Kent J C L Stahlschmidt, 1887)
[2] I am not clear which hall the bell was taken from, but one of the local halls is Lees Court, which is a converted mansion house. The house (currently a set of individual apartments with a common hall) has a preserved clock mechanism in it which appears to have once chimed the hours on a bell. It is very possible that this bell was the old clock bell at Lees Court. (Note by Dickon Love)


The new (second hand) bell hanging in the cupola.
Photo: Bryn Clinch, Oct 2016

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 26 October 2016