Godmersham, St Lawrence the Martyr

Photo: Dickon Love, Apr 2013

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 12-0-13 in F♯.
  • Grid Ref: TR062504
  • Complete ring cast at the same time
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1987 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 4-2-927⅝" D♯ 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 2 4-1-2030" C♯ 1687 Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional 1987 Whitechapel
® 3 5-2-1232" B 1687 Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional 1987 Whitechapel
® 4 6-3-2734¹¹⁄₁₆" A♯ 1687 Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional 1987 Whitechapel
® 5 9-0-1038½" G♯ 1687 Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional 1987 Whitechapel
® Tenor 12-0-1342" F♯ 1687 Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional 1987 Whitechapel

®  - Hung for full circle ringing


How the bells are tuned


1552 Record of 4 bells. [1]
1687 Bells recast into a ring of 5 by Christopher Hodson.
1757 Record of 5 bells in the tower (Faussett). [2]
1793 Record of 5 bells in the tower (Cozens). [3]
1798 Record of 5 bells in the tower (Hasted). [4]
1987 Bells rehung and retuned in a new frame, following over a hundred years of silence, by Whitechapel.
1992 The wall separating the downstairs ringing room from the apsidal chapel on the north side of the church was demolished. This gave much more room for the ringers
1998 Treble added, named "Charlie" after the former tower captain, Charlie Bell, to make 6 bells by Whitechapel. The new treble was dedicated by the Bishop of Maidstone on 19th December.
[1] Two hande bells . . . four bellys in the steple. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] This Church is built of Flints, and consists Now, of only ye Chancell and Body, both tiled. The Tower, which is low, stands at the North Side. In it hang 5 very heavy, but Musical Bells, all founded, as appears by their Inscriptions, by Christopher Hodson in 1687. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1757)
[3] It is a very plain building, of one aile, and a low square tower at the North side, in which are five bells. (A Tour the the Isle of Thanet and Some other Parts of East Kent, Cozens, Zechariah, 1793)
[4] The church, which is dedicated to St. Laurence, is a plain building, consisting of a body and a chancel, having a square low tower on the north side of the body, on which was formerly a steeple. There are five bells in it. (The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 7, Edward Hasted)


  • "Three hundred years on at Godmersham", Offen, Richard C (The Ringing World) 29 January 1988
  • "The Godmersham Restoration", Offen, Richard C (The Ringing World and Lovesguide) 29 January 1988
  • Gallery

    Photo: Richard Offen

    The 2nd (the original treble).
    Photo: Richard Offen

    Photo: Richard Offen

    The ground floor ringing area.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2013
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2015-05-111296 Annable's London Surprise Minor
    2013-07-271260 Grandsire Doubles
    2013-06-081260 Doubles (1m/1v)
    2013-04-131260 Grandsire Doubles
    2012-12-221260 Grandsire Doubles
    2012-11-241272 Plain Bob Minor
    2012-06-061260 Grandsire Doubles
    2011-12-071260 Doubles (2m/1v)
    2011-10-201320 Plain Bob Minor
    2011-08-251260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2011-08-201260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2011-08-101320 Plain Bob Minor
    2011-07-081260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2011-04-021260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2010-07-291260 Plain Bob Minor
    2009-05-201260 Plain Bob Doubles
    Full list of peals on Bellboard here
    Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

    Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 6 November 2020