Leaveland, St Laurence

Photo: Paul Moore, 2011 www.flickr.com/photos/rhedae

  • Single bell with trigger action clapper
  • Tenor: 1-1-6 in B♭.
  • Grid Ref: TR004548
  • Bell acquired from St Aiden, Hellifield, N Yorks
  • Frame: Hung in an open cupola at the west end of the church.
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)

(Prior to retuning (2016))
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons 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)
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.
2014 A bell became available from the Keltek Trust from St Aidan, Hellifield, N Yorks. This was transferred to one of the local halls and stored there pending hanging. [2]
2016 The bells in storage was taken to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry where it was sandblasted, tuned and fitted in the empty cupola with stationary chiming fittings including a trigger action clapper.
[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] Bell reference 12042. (Keltek Reference)


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: 2 August 2017