Little Chart

Little Chart, St Mary the Virgin (New Church)

Photo: Dickon Love, Mar 1992

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 6-0-21 in B.
  • Grid Ref: TQ944458
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Ashford
  • Peals rung at the tower

  • Sound clip of the ring of bells.(Mark Chittenden-Pile)

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 2-2-2022½" G♯ 1956 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
® 2 3-0-1123⅞" F♯ 1956 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
® 3 3-0-2324⅞" E 1956 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
® 4 3-1-1825⅞" D♯ 1956 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
® 5 4-1-1928¼" C♯ 1956 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
® Tenor 6-0-2131¹⁵⁄₁₆" B 1956 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
Ell. Chimed ¾ cwt approx.10¹¹⁄₁₆" 1850 John Warner & Sons Never
Clock 2 cwt approx.20⁷⁄₁₆" 1872 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing
 - Hung dead



1944 The old church was destroyed by a doodlebug on 16 Aug. The cracked bells were rescued and stored beside a railway line. The tenor was subsequently stolen.
1945 The bells were removed from the tower of the old church and stored by the railway line from where the 4th was stolen. The belfry stage of the tower was then largely demolished.
1955 The 5 surviving bells were taken to John Taylor & Co., Loughborough. The new church and tower were completed.
1956 6 new bells were cast from the metal of the 5 remaining old bells and hung in a new tower in the new church by John Taylor. The clock bell was also brought from Calehill (which was being demolished) and hung. The service bell was also installed, neither by Taylor's. The Service of Consecration of the new church and new bells was conducted by Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher on 29 Sept.


The belfry.
Photo: Andrew Johnson, Aug 2005

The belfry.
Photo: Andrew Johnson, Aug 2005

The clock bell hung dead from the ceiling. This bell was originally from Calehill.
Photo: Andrew Johnson, Aug 2005

The small Warner bell hung dead on the floor.
Photo: Andrew Johnson, Aug 2005
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-02-135040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2019-12-235040 Minor
2019-03-185040 Surprise Minor
2019-01-175040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2018-09-065040 Minor (7m)
2018-03-285040 Surprise Minor
2018-01-115040 Surprise Minor
2012-05-075040 Plain Bob Minor
2011-06-155040 Minor (7m)
2011-04-065040 Minor (4m)
2010-11-065040 Minor (4m)
2010-02-065040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2008-01-195040 Minor
2007-02-175040 Surprise Minor
2006-12-295040 Grandsire Doubles
2006-05-205040 Surprise Minor
2005-02-195040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2001-07-145040 Methods Surprise Minor (7m)
1997-03-235040 Surprise Minor
1977-09-175040 Minor
1969-11-295040 Plain Bob Minor
1965-07-015040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2021-10-231296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2019-07-191320 Bourne Surprise Minor
2019-04-171260 Grandsire Doubles
2018-12-201260 Spliced Minor
2018-08-271272 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2018-01-261260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-10-101272 Wells Surprise Minor
2017-09-271272 Norwich Surprise Minor
2017-09-061272 Wells Surprise Minor
2017-08-231272 Durham Surprise Minor
2017-08-161320 Bourne Surprise Minor
2017-08-051296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2017-08-021320 Water Surprise Minor
2017-07-191320 York Surprise Minor
2017-07-071260 Double Court Bob Minor
2017-06-221296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2017-06-071320 Carpet Cleaner Surprise Minor
2017-06-031260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-05-171320 Durham Surprise Minor
2017-05-031320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-10-191320 Chester Surprise Minor
2016-10-051320 Alnwick Surprise Minor
2016-09-031260 Plain Bob Minor
2016-07-201320 Primrose Surprise Minor
2016-07-061296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
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