Appledore, Ss Peter & Paul

Photo: Dickon Love, Apr 2006

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 12-0-15 in F♯.
  • Grid Ref: TQ957293
  • Complete ring cast at the same time
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1900 John Warner & Sons, made of cast iron & steel on a timber foundation
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 5-0-027½" F♯ 1900 John Warner & Sons Doncaster Never
® 2 5-1-628" E♯ 1900 John Warner & Sons Doncaster Never
® 3 5-3-1730" D♯ 1900 John Warner & Sons Doncaster Never
® 4 6-0-2531½" C♯ 1900 John Warner & Sons Doncaster Never
® 5 6-2-1433" B 1900 John Warner & Sons Doncaster Never
® 6 7-2-2535" A♯ 1900 John Warner & Sons Doncaster Never
® 7 9-2-1638" G♯ 1900 John Warner & Sons Doncaster Never
® Tenor 12-0-1542" F♯ 1900 John Warner & Sons Doncaster Never
Clock 7½ cwt approx.34½" B♭ William Chamberlain Never
Sanctus 1 cwt approx.16⅜" Unknown Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
1 All bells 1900 John Warner & Sons Cast iron


Prior to 1900.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Treble6 cwt approx.31"D1685John HodsonNeverRecast 1900
26½ cwt approx.32"C1685John HodsonNeverRecast 1900
37½ cwt approx.34½"B♭1442-1468William ChamberlainNeverSurvives as a clock bell
49 cwt approx.37.5"A1685John HodsonNeverRecast 1900
511 cwt approx.40"G1685John HodsonNeverRecast 1900
Tenor17 cwt approx.45½"F1620Joseph HatchNeverRecast 1900


c 1440 Current clock bell cast by William Chamberlain. Later formed 3rd of a ring of 6.
c 1600 Sanctus bell cast, founder unknown.
1620 Tenor of a later ring of 6 cast by Joseph Hatch.
1685 Treble, 2nd, 4th, 5th of a ring of 6 cast by John Hodson.
1900 Bells recast into current octave in a new cast iron frame. The old 3rd was hung as a clock bell.
1969 Bells (including Sanctus) rehung with new gudgeons and bearings on Warner headstocks and new stays, sliders and pulleys. Alterations were made to the rope circle. The staple of the clock bell was removed & bell quarter turned; Warner fittings. The bells were rededicated on 14 Sept.
2000 A new staircase was installed to improve access to the ringing room.


The tenor bell.
Photo: Christopher J Cooper

The belfry.
Photo: Christopher J Cooper

The former ring of six bells that were removed from the tower. They were taken away and recast by John Warner & Sons into a ring of 8 bells which are also photographed here.
Photo: Christopher J Cooper collection

Another view of the former bells.
Photo: Christopher J Cooper collection
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2023-06-285088 Bristol Surprise Major
2005-01-015056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2003-02-015040 Grandsire Triples
2002-03-085056 Bristol Surprise Major
1996-04-085152 Ealing Surprise Major
1994-08-315152 Appledore Surprise Major
1982-07-245026 Bristol Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2022-06-201250 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2021-07-291260 St Simon's Bob Triples
2019-05-271280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2016-12-091260 Cluedo Doubles
2016-11-141296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-06-221250 Hopwood Surprise Major
2016-05-241280 Kent Treble Bob Major
2015-05-121280 Superlative Surprise Major
2015-03-161314 Uri Surprise Major
2014-04-011344 Appledore Surprise Major
2013-12-091314 Yedingham Surprise Major
2013-04-201260 Plain Bob Doubles, With 7,6,8 Cover
2012-10-221314 Martin Surprise Major
2012-06-251314 Beer Surprise Major
2012-06-091260 Plain Bob Doubles
2011-03-071280 Rossetti Surprise Major
2011-02-191344 Rutland Surprise Major
2011-01-031344 Superlative Surprise Major
2009-04-161260 Plain Bob Triples
2007-07-191260 Grandsire Triples
2006-09-171260 Plain Bob Triples
2006-05-211260 Plain Bob Triples
2005-11-201264 Plain Bob Major
2005-03-081280 Plain Bob Major
2004-06-141264 Plain Bob Major
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 1 April 2016