Sandwich, St Mary

Photo: Richard Offen, May 2004

  • Single bell hung for swing chiming with lever
  • Tenor: 3 cwt approx.
  • Formerly ring of 5, 20-0-14. Sold to Elham for their metal.
  • Grid Ref: TR329584
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҂ 1 3 cwt approx.25" 1876 John Warner & Sons

҂  - Hung for swing chiming

1639 Ring of 5

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Treble8-1-221639John WilnarNever
28-2-131639John WilnarNever
312-0-91639John WilnarNever
415-0-61639John WilnarNever
Tenor20-0-141639John WilnarNever


1639 A ring of 5 was cast by John Wilnar.
1760 Record of 1 small inscriptionless bell in the tower. [1]
1795 Record of 1 bell in the tower. [2]
1800 Hasted mentions the sale of the bells. [3]
1876 A single bell was cast by John Warner & Sons.
1887 Stahlschmidt records the Warner bell and mentions the fact there used to be a ring of 5.
1983 22nd Jun Church declared redundant.
1985 20th Mar Declaration of Redundance Scheme. The single bell was retained in use in the church.
[1] This Church consists of The Chancell, Body and the North Isle. The Steeple which is of Wood, and very small, is over the Porch of the S. Door. In it hangs 1 small Bell, without Inscription. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1760)
[2] Cozens "It is situated in the Northernmost part of the Town; is an antient structure of two [sic] ailes, separated by wooden columns, one chancel and a low turret erected over the porch at the South side, in which hangs a small bell inscribed ""This Bel was bought and the steeple built A.D. 1718. J. BRADLEY, R. HARVEY, Ch. Wardens. R.P.F.""." (Zachariah Cozens, 1795)
[3] The original church, built in the time of the Saxons, is said to have been demolished by the Danes, and to have been afterwards rebuilt by queen Emma, which building was burnt down by the French, and it was not loing afterwards again rebuilt; nothwithstanding which, it appears to have become dilapidated and in a most ruinous state in the time of king Henry VI. For in the 2d year of that reign, anno 1448, part of the steeple fell, in consequence of which it underwent a thorough repair, and then consisted of two isles and the nave; the latter was terminated by the high chancel, and the souht isle by St. Laurence’s chancel. It however, fell down again on April 25, 1667, and brought down with it most of the church; the western wall, portions of the south isle and its chancel only remaining; and though the church itself was soon afterwards rebuilt, as at present, yet it does not appear that any steeple was built till the year 1718, when the present low one was raised upon the south porch, and one bell put up in it. Before this, there were five small bells, which about the year 1639, had been formed out of three larger ones; the above five bells were sold, for the faculty had been obtained in 1669, to fell the useless timber and the bells, towards the rebuilding of the church, and they were sold, as it is said, to the parish of Eleham. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 9', Edward Hasted)


  • "Town of Silent Towers, Part 2", Cawley, David L (The Ringing World) 1 September 1967

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