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Burham, New Church of St Mary

Photo: David L Cawley collection

  • Former ring of 3, church now demolished
  • Tenor: 3½ cwt approx. in E♭.
  • Grid Ref:
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: Partly mediaeval, adapted 1632, 1821 and 1881.
  • Diocese: Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: . Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned

Prior to 1982.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 3)3¾ cwt approx.25⅛"F1700Richard PhelpsNeverTransferred to Preston-next-Wingham.
2nd (of 3)4¾ cwt approx.28⅞"E1734Richard PhelpsNeverTransferred to St Michael's, Maidstone.
Tenor (of 3)3½ cwt approx.25¼"E♭c.1300Richard de WimbisNeverStolen in 1983 from Old Church.


c 1300 Bell cast by William Revel.
1700 Bell cast by Richard Phelps.
1734 Bell cast by Richard Phelps.
1881 Church built and 3 bells, ancient frame and fittings were transferred from the Old Church.
1974 The installation had fallen into a terrible state, the bells were taken down, 2 placed on the belfry floor and the c.1300 bell rehung in new fittings for swing chiming by Whitechapel.
1978 Following structural failure, the church was closed.
1981 Church demolished after being declared unsafe. The frame was destroyed and the bells taken back to the old church for storage. The Revel bell was stolen.
1982 The 1734 bell was transferred to St Michael & All Angels, Maidstone as a clock bell.
1983 The 1700 bell was transferred to St Mildred, Preston-next-Wingham as a treble to augment the 5 to 6.


The interior of the tower in 1970: bells in order 1-3-2. The three bells hung in a part-mediaeval frame with fittings of c.1632 moved lock, stock and barrel (look at the stay on the second) from the Old Church. The bell nearest the cameria is now the treb

Here are a series of photographs of the treble bell being removed from the tower in 1981. The work was done by members of the Kent County Association of Change Ringers (David Cawley, David Joyce, Richard Offen, Sean Smith).




By the afternoon, the treble was in Dover (in storage for Preston), the "tenor" in St Michael & All Angels, Maidstone, and the middle size bell (the actual tenor) plus the font (the KCACR will turn its hand to anything!) in the Old Church.

The Bell Frame

The bell frame consisted of mediaeval sills, centre-posts and straight braces and was designed for three bells hanging side by side. It bore the following on its east head:

1632 : F T . R D . T V
E L  T . P  (carved crest) F K

The tenor pit had the following letters:


and other obliterated.

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