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Ash by Wrotham

Ash by Wrotham, Ss Peter & Paul

Photo: Dickon Love, 1995

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(As received 2010)
(As supplied)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 4¼ cwt approx.4-2-1127" E♯ 1795 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel 2010 Whitechapel
2 3-2-153-2-133-2-1627" D♯ 1856 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel 2010 Whitechapel
3 4¾ cwt approx.4-2-2028⅞" C♯ 1717 John Waylett, Cripplegate 2010 Whitechapel
4 5¾ cwt approx.5-3-931⅜" B♯ 1717 John Waylett, Cripplegate 2010 Whitechapel
5 7 cwt approx.6-2-933⅜" A♯ 1717 John Waylett, Cripplegate 2010 Whitechapel
Tenor 9½ cwt approx9-2-1637⅜" G♯ 1727 Richard Phelps, Whitechapel 2010 Whitechapel


Prior to 1856

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
2nd (of 6)3-2-25UnknownNeverRecast 1856.


1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1717 Present 3rd, 4th and 5th cast.
1727 Present tenor cast.
1795 Present treble cast.
1797 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [2]
1856 Present 2nd recast.
1903 Bells rehung and quarter turned; frame strengthened by Mears & Stainbank.
1971 Bells rehung.
1994 Bearings on 4th replaced by K.C.A. in the same housings which had collapsed - the collapsed bearings were installed after the local rehang and were not strong enough for the task. This work was a temporary measure.
2010 Bells retuned and rehung by Whitechapel.
[1] Item iij bells in the steple suted. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] The church is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul. 1797: It consists of three isles and three chancels, having a spire steeple at the west end, in which are three bells. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 2.', Edward Hasted)


  • "The refurbishment, tuning and rehang at St Peter & St Paul’s, Ash", Stook, Gabriel (The Ringing World) 21 May 2010
  • Peal Boards

    Framed card Performance Board dated approx. 2013
    23 Apr 2013: 1260 Plain Bob Minimus (Induction: Rev Canon Ruth Oates.)

    Photo: Richard A Smith, 21 August 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 2013
    05 Aug 2013: 5040 Surprise Minor (7m) (1st peal on the rehung bells.)

    Photo: Alexander J Britton, 1 January 2014

    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2013-10-055040 Surprise Minor
    2001-07-075040 Spliced Surprise Minor
    1999-12-275040 Surprise Minor
    1990-08-185040 Minor
    1981-10-175040 Minor (6 methods)
    1981-01-315040 Minor (6 methods)
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-03-311260 April Day Doubles
    2019-03-021260 Doubles (6m/p)
    2019-01-291296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2018-11-131260 Doubles (5m)
    2018-06-261272 Spliced Surprise Minor
    2018-05-171260 Doubles (4m/V)
    2017-11-131260 Plain Bob Minor
    2017-06-251300 Plain Bob Doubles
    2016-04-041260 Grandsire Doubles
    2015-08-241320 Bourne Surprise Minor
    2015-04-141272 Norwich Surprise Minor
    2015-01-051290 Grandsire Doubles
    2014-06-091260 Grandsire Doubles
    2013-05-041272 Plain Bob Minimus
    2013-04-231272 Plain Bob Minimus
    2012-06-231272 York Surprise Minor
    2010-11-131260 Doubles (4m)
    2010-10-031260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2009-12-201260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2005-08-191260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2003-09-201260 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles
    2002-10-291260 Doubles (11 m/v)
    Full list of peals here
    Full list of quarters here

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