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Leeds, Castle, The Maiden's Tower


Photo: Dickon Love, 7 July 2010

  • Single bell hung for swing chiming but unringable
  • Tenor: 2¾ cwt approx. in F.
  • Grid Ref: TQ836532
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: Frame of old timber with cross braces
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҂ Single Bell 2¾ cwt approx.22½" F 1435 Unknown Never

҂  - Hung for swing chiming

How the bells are tuned

History

1435 A bell was supplied to Leeds Castle, probably by a French founder (given that the inscription is in French). It was originally designed as a curfew bell.
1887 Stahlschmidt notes the bell and that it was still used as a curfew bell.
1889 The bell was mentioned in the newspapers. [1]
1969 Bell inspected by David Cawley and Nicholas Davies. The fittings were in great need of repair.
2010 Bell inspected by Dickon Love. A new striking mechanism had clearly been installed. The bearings were dry and the bell clearly hadn't been rung full circle for some years, although the whole installation was very clean.
[1] The Curfew Bell of Leeds Castle may be heard in our village, nightly, at eight o'clock. The bell-niche is date, 1435. It may be interesting, also, to note that the clock of the Castle was made in the year 1500, and still keeps good time. (Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser, Sat 28 Dec 1889)

Articles

  • "Report on the Bell of Leeds Castle", Davies, N J, Cawley, D L, (David Cawley) 8 January 1969
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    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010


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    The faces in the inscription.
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    The faces in the inscription.
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    The bearings are open and quite dry. The stay is of the latchet type.
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    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

    The old clapper is held in the bell with 2 cast in staples (unusually). The bell is quite worn at the indentations.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010


    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

    The clock in the castle is considered to be of the same date as the bell, and therefore of significant historical interest. It is not now functioning, but is still preserved in the tower.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010


    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010


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    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

    The mark before the inscription is a calvary cross. The stop is a sun with a face, and the bell bears 3 medallions: 1. below the first stop is the Madonna and Child; 2. in the middle is St George slaying the dragon; 3. below the last stop is the Crucifica
    Photo: J C L Stahlschmidt


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