River, Ss Peter & Paul

Photo: Parish Facebook Page

  • Single bell
  • Tenor: 3 cwt approx.
  • Grid Ref: TR291434
  • Frame: 1876 John Warner & Sons
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: II Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
Priest's 1 cwt approx.17" 1680 Unknown Never
1 3 cwt approx.23½" 1876 John Warner & Sons Never


Prior to 1876

Bell DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Single bell23"1671Anthony BartlettNeverFormerly from S Michael, Crooked Lane. Recast 1876


1572 Church records suggest that the church was very ruinous.
1606 -7 A request was made for a collection of various services to be allocated to the churchwardens for repairing the decaying steeple and recasting a cracked bell.
1671 A bell was cast (as one of two) for St Michael, Crooked Lane, London, by Anthony Bartlet.
1688 The repair of the church was completed.
1800 Hasted doesn't mention bells. [1]
1831 St Michael's Crooked Lane was destroyed during the alterations made for the new approach to London Bridge. One of its bells was transferred to River. The new church was consecrated in September and the old church had been pulled down.
1876 The Bartlet bell was recast by John Warner as part of a general restoration of the church (including the construction of an apse and porch).
[1] ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent', Edward Hasted)

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 31 December 2020