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Goodnestone, Holy Cross

Photo: Richard Offen, 2007

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 4-2-2627" F 1935 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
2 4-3-1729" E♭ 1912 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
3 5-1-1132½" D♭ 1821 Thomas Mears II Never
4 6-0-632½" C 1912 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
5 8-0-1936⅞" B♭ 1912 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
Tenor 11-2-1240" A♭ 1708 Matthew Bagley, Cripplegate Never


Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 4)CMid 16th Cent.William OldfieldNeverRecast in 1812
2nd (of 4)7-2-034"BAncientUnknownRecast in 1912.
3rd (of 4)8-2-736"B♭1628Joseph HatchNeverRecast in 1912

Prior to 1812.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate


c 1550 Bell cast by William Oldfield (later treble of 4).
1628 3rd (of 4) cast by Joseph Hatch. These were a minor 4.
1708 Tenor recast by Matthew Bagley.
1758 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [1]
1821 Treble (of 4) recast by Thomas Mears.
1912 2nd and 3rd (of 4) recast and treble added to turn the minor 4 into a diatonic 5, all the bells were retuned and rehung by Mears & Stainbank in a new timber frame for six bells.
1935 Treble added to make 6 by Mears & Stainbank.
1999 Tower reopened after a few years following restoration to the stonework.
[1] This Church is very neat, and consists of the Great and North Chancells, The Body, and The North Isle. In an Handsome Tower, at the W.End of The Body, are 4 Bells, thus inscribed. 1*. Ihe Sancta Maria. 2. Joseph Hatch made Me. 1628. 3. No Inscription. 4**. Math. Bagley of London, Fecit. Steven Church, Tho. Morris, Church Wardens. *This Bell has the Impression of Both Sides of a Groat of Henry 8 impressd upon it, as also The Prince’s Feathers, and Motto, viz. ICH DIEN. **This Bell has no Date; but appears to be a new one. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2006-12-295040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2002-11-235040 7 Methods Surprise Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-12-221266 Stedman Doubles
2019-04-211260 Doubles (6 Mv)
2019-02-211260 Doubles (5m)
2019-02-071260 Grandsire Doubles
2018-12-231260 Plain Bob Minor
2018-04-011260 Plain Bob Minor
2017-12-171260 Plain Bob Minor
2017-11-181260 Doubles (8 M V P)
2017-10-201260 Doubles
2017-07-061272 Spliced Surprise Minor (3m)
2017-06-241260 Doubles (3m)
2017-05-061260 Doubles (3m)
2017-04-161260 Doubles (4 Mv)
2016-12-181260 Julie Mcdonell Doubles
2016-03-271260 Doubles (8 M P)
2015-05-311260 Doubles (5 M V)
2015-04-051299 Grandsire Doubles
2014-12-211260 Mixed Doubles (3m, 2v)
2014-08-161272 Norwich Surprise Minor
2014-07-051260 Mixed Doubles (3m)
2014-04-201260 Doubles (3M)
2013-12-221266 Stedman Doubles
2013-10-311260 Plain Bob Minor
2013-07-061320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2013-06-291260 Doubles ( 8 M V P)
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: 1 April 2016