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Smeeth, St Mary


Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

  • Single bell hung dead
  • Tenor: 6¼ cwt approx. in .
  • Grid Ref: TR072396
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
1 6¼ cwt approx31¾" 1603 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, KentNever

Inscriptions

Prior to somewhere between 1758-1887

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DateFounderFate
2nd (of 3)7 cwt approx.UnknownBlank. Sold 1758-1887.
Tenor (of 3)9 cwt approx.1620Joseph HatchSold 1758-1887.

History

1552 Record of 3 bells in the large Norman tower.
1603 Treble recast by Joseph Hatch.
1620 Tenor recast by Joseph Hatch
1758 Record of 3 bells in the tower. The 2 larger bells were subsequently sold. [1]
1799 Hasted makes no mention of bells. [2]
c 1850 During the 19th Century, the remaining bell was rehung for chiming.
[1] "This Church consists of the Great, and North Chancells, the Body, & North Isle. In a low cap’t Tower at the West End of the Body, are 3 Bells (one of them fall’en). 1. Joseph Hatch made Me. 1603. 2. This has no Inscription. 3 Josephus Hatch me fecit. 1620." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)
[2] ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent', Edward Hasted)



Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 11 May 2020