Harbledown, St Nicholas Hospital Chapel

Photo: Richard Offen

  • 4 bells hung dead and chimed with Ellacombe hammers
  • Tenor: 4-2-16 in C♯.
  • Grid Ref: TR131582
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: Oak Mediaeval, adapted in the 17th Cent.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
Treble 3-2-123¼" 1622 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never
2 3-0-2324¾" 1450 William Chamberlain Never
3 3-3-2127⅛" 1619 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never
Tenor 4-2-1629¾" C♯ 1614 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never

 - Hung dead



c 1450 Bell cast by William Chamberlain (treble of 3). Original 3 bell frame constructed.
1614 Bell cast by Joseph Hatch (tenor of 3).
1619 Bell cast by Joseph Hatch (middle of 3).
1622 Treble added by Joseph Hatch and frame altered.
1894 Bells repaired and partly rehung.
1971 Bells last rung full circle.
1996 Bells rehung dead with an Ellacombe chime and new fittings from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry by the KCACR.


The interior of the belfry during ringing in 1965. The bells subsequently became unsafe and were rehung dead by the Association in 1996. Here the 2nd bell can be seen in the up position.
Photo: David Cawley collection

Mediaeval timber steps going up to the belfry.
Photo: David Cawley

A mediaeval cooking pot made out of bell metal.
Photo: David Cawley

The base of the tower.
Photo: David Cawley

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