Dover, St Mary the Virgin

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 15-2-9 in E♭.
  • Grid Ref: TR319415
  • Rung from: Open Gallery
  • Frame: 2002 Whites of Appleton
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)

(Quoted prior to 2002)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 5-0-75-3-227" E♭ 1898 John Warner & Sons Removed 2002 Whitechapel
® 2 4-3-131½" D 1724 Samuel Knight, Southwark Removed 2002 Whitechapel
® 3 5-2-2432½" C 1724 Samuel Knight, Southwark Removed 2002 Whitechapel
® 4 6-2-934" B♭ 1724 Samuel Knight, Southwark Removed 2002 Whitechapel
® 5 8-3-2637½" A♭ 1724 Samuel Knight, Southwark Removed 2002 Whitechapel
® 6 9-1-738½" G 1725 Samuel Knight, Southwark Removed 2002 Whitechapel
® 7 11-0-242" F 1724 Samuel Knight, Southwark Removed 2002 Whitechapel
® Tenor 15-2-916-3-2646" E♭ 1724 Samuel Knight, Southwark Removed 2002 Whitechapel

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
1 All bells 2002 Whites of Appleton


Earlier bell

Bell DateFounderRetunedFate
Treble1724Samuel KnightNeverRecast 1898


1724 Bells recast into a new octave by Samuel Knight.
1795 Record of 8 bells in the tower. [1]
1898 Tower repaired, treble recast and bells rehung in a new composite frame by John Warner.
1947 Bells rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
2002 Bells retuned and rehung in a new frame by Whites of Appleton. A new ringing gallery was created while the old esteemed ringing room was preserved. The old frame went to Walcot, Lincs.
[1] The present Church is undoubtedly very antient, particularly the square tower at the West end of the Nave, which is clearly of Saxon Architecture; within it is now a good clock, which strikes the quarters, and a pleasant ring of eight bells; and it is crowned with a tall spire leaded. (Zechariah Cozens, 1795)


  • "Dover Restoration nearing completion", Dale, Peter T (The Ringing World) 23 August 2002
  • Gallery

    The bells, having been removed from the tower, on their way to Whitechapel to be retuned.
    Photo: Peter Dale, April 2002

    And here the new frame is put together at the workshop of Whites of Appleton.
    Photo: Peter Dale, April 2002
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-05-145040 Grandsire Triples
    2014-08-305058 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2014-07-255024 Spliced Surprise Major (8 Methods)
    2010-11-105040 Grandsire Triples
    2008-10-295040 Stedman Triples
    2006-09-175088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2006-01-215040 Grandsire Triples
    2004-08-135090 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2004-05-315088 Bristol Surprise Major
    2004-02-215088 Calais Surprise Major
    2004-01-015120 London Surprise Major
    2003-06-285024 Spliced Surprise Major
    2003-06-075088 Spliced Surprise Major (5m)
    2002-12-145008 Plain Bob Major
    1997-11-085088 London Surprise Major
    1977-08-065056 Plain Bob Major
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2023-08-161260 Grandsire Triples
    2023-07-191344 Malling Diamond Bob Triples
    2023-06-211260 St Mary The Virgin Bob Triples
    2023-05-171260 Canterbury Pleasure Bob Triples
    2023-04-191260 Hunslet Bob Triples
    2023-02-151288 St Nicholas Bob Triples
    2023-01-181260 St Osmund Bob Triples
    2022-12-211260 St Alkmund Bob Triples
    2022-11-161344 St Andrew Bob Triples
    2022-09-211344 St Martin's Bob Triples
    2022-08-171260 St Nicholas Bob Triples
    2022-07-201260 St Peter Bob Triples
    2022-06-151260 Grandsire Triples
    2022-05-181260 Royal Holloway College Bob Triples
    2022-04-201344 Canterbury Pleasure Bob Triples
    2022-03-161260 Middlesex Bob Triples
    2021-11-171344 St Simon's Bob Triples
    2021-10-201260 Grandsire Triples
    2020-02-191260 Stedman Triples
    2019-08-101260 St Anne's Bob Triples
    2019-08-071280 Wye Surprise Major
    2019-06-051280 Broadley Surprise Major
    2019-05-291320 Westminster Surprise Minor
    2019-05-221260 Fork Handles Bob Triples
    2019-05-011280 Gainsborough Surprise Major
    Full list of peals on Bellboard here
    Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

    Elsewhere in the Parish

    Dover, De Bradelei Wharf (formerly Admiralty Pier Lighthouse)
    Display bell
    Dover, St Mary's Mission Hall
    Formerly single bell ¼ cwt approx.

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