Mottingham, St Andrew

Photo: Dickon R Love, Mar 2008

  • Single bell
  • Tenor: 2-1-20 in G.
  • Grid Ref: TQ425729
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Southwark

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
Single Bell 2-1-2022¼" G 1935 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (5191) Never



1871 Church built by E F C Clark, architect.
1880 Original church built.
1884 Parish created from that of St John the Baptist, Eltham.
1887 Stahlschmidt presumes just one modern bell.
1912 Church extended.
1932 The Crown Lands Commissions decreed that no churches in the area would be allowed a bell or bells, prompted by the building of the local Roman Catholic Church. This was successfully appealed through the intervention of the Bishop and the question was even raised in Parliament. [1]
1933 A Yorkshire newspaper noted that permission had been granted for the hanging of bell despite the ruling the previous year. [2]
1934 The inscription on the bell notes a name that is almost certainly FLORENCE CLARA ODELL + 1934. Records note that a lady by that name died on 1 Oct 1934.
1935 Gillett & Johnston cast a bell for the church.
[1] A BAN ON BELLS The Crown Lands Commissioners have stipulated, as ground landlords, that in the building of the new Roman Catholic church at Mottingham, Kent, "no church or other bell or bells shall be placed on any part of the premises." "It is simply a precaution necessary in a rapidly eveloping residentual area," explained an official "and the same restriction will be placed on new churches of other denominations." "Many private landowners nowadays as well as the Crown Commissioners, are making it a condition that when new churches are built there shall be no bells." (Liverpool Echo, 13 Dec 1932)
[2] Sir.- The Crown Lands Commissioners have thought better of their refusal to allow a bell or bells to be placed on any part of the premises of the new Catholic church at Mottingham, in Kent. I learn from "The Universe" of January 13, that Dr. Brown, Bishop of Pella, has had an interview with the Commissioners, and they they allow a bell to be placed inthe turret of the new church, on condition that it is not used before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m. on any day of the week. The jangling of church bells at all hours no doubt can be a nuisance. But this particular prohibition seems quite indefensible and rather anti-Christian, since bells have been from early times part of the Catholic custom of worship; and in any case permission had not been refused to the new Anglican church, in the same neighbourhood, to havea bell. - Yours, etc. W.R.C. Leeds, February 8. (Yorkshire Evening Post, 9 Feb 1933)

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 30 March 2020