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Tenor bell clapper

The tenor bell clapper from St Bartholomew’s Church in Otford

: 10 kg

This tenor bell clapper from St Bartholomew’s Church, dates from the 17th Century.  In 1622, Thomas Bartlett cast and hung a treble bell. John and Christopher Hodson added a tenor in 1674.   The Whitechapel Foundry refurbished the two bells (with new clappers) and cast a further four to form six, in 2000.  Later that year on 26 November the Rt Rev’d Brian Smith Bishop of Tonbridge dedicated the bells.  The refurbishment and installation of the new bells was documented by Barbara Darby in her video The Bells of St Bartholomew’s

This diagram shows a typical church bell with he clapper hanging inside it.

Conservation note:  As might be expected in an iron object that is nearly 350 years old, the clapper was very pitted and rusty when it came into the Collection.  We have followed the advice given in “Conservation and restoration of iron and steel objects” (see  It was cleaned using aluminium oxide blasting and then protected with a coat of Paraloid B-72.

Our thanks for to Custom Wytelyne in Chatham for cleaning the clapper, free of charge.

Item Features

Object Number P-220722-1
Number of objects 1
Place of Discovery Otford
Significance to the collection High. Relates to the history of Otford
Width 134 mm
Height 100 mm
Length / Depth 736 mm
Completeness Complete
Year of Manufacture or Origin 1674 AD
Date Acquired 20/07/2022
Significance to the Collection High. Relates to the history of Otford
Object Owner APCT
Current Location Palace Gatehouse