There are six bells at Bredgar, the heaviest (known as the tenor) weighing 9cwt 2qtrs 6lbs and tuned to the key of G. (Weights of bells are still recorded in imperial measurements, but for younger people our tenor weighs 485kg!)
After an extensive fund-raising campaign by the Vicar of the time, Revd. Stanley Evans (seen in the picture below), the existing bells were installed in 1967, replacing the old ring of five. The metal of the old tenor was used to cast two smaller bells, which are the present treble (lightest bell) and number two.
The oldest bell (present number five) dates to 1579, with other bells dating to 1620, 1634 and 1692.
A keen local band practises on Wednesday evenings and also ring for Sunday morning services. Close links are maintained with other ringers in the Benefice, particularly those at Frinsted and Wormshill.
For more information visit the Kent County Association of Change Ringers
St John the Baptists’ day Quarter Peal