Bearsted, Holy Cross

Photo: Dickon Love, Sept 2005

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 11-0-17 in G
  • Grid Ref: TQ801555
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Denomination: Church of England
  • Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Maidstone
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower (Felstead Database)

  • Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    ® Treble 4-3-22 28" E 1877 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Conventional Never
    ® 2 5½ cwt approx 30¼" D William Chamberlain Conventional Never
    ® 3 6-0-16 31½" C 1877 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Conventional Never
    ® 4 7½ cwt approx 34⅛" B 1590 Robert Mot, Whitechapel Conventional Never
    ® 5 9 cwt approx. 36⅝" A 1606 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Conventional Never
    ® Tenor 11-0-17 39⅝" G 1961 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat Never

    ® - Hung for full circle ringing

    Bellframes

    Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
    Layout
    1 All bells 1793 Timber
    Inscriptions on the Bells

    Prior to 1961

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Tenor (of 6) 11-0-8 40" 1742 Thomas Lester Never Recast 1961
    Prior to 1877

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Treble (of 6) 4-0-9 1729 Richard Phelps Never Recast 1877
    3 (of 6) 5-2-8 1599 Thomas Hatch Never Recast 1877
    History

    c1440 Present 2nd cast.
    1590 Present 4th cast.
    1599 3rd cast by Thomas Hatch.
    1606 Present 5th cast.
    1729 Treble cast by Richard Phelps.
    1742 Tenor cast by Thomas Lester.
    1793 Bells rehung in a new timber frame.
    1877 Treble and 3rd recast by Mears & Stainbank.
    1961 Tenor recast and rehung on ball bearings by Whitechapel, together with the 5th.
    1975 Bells rehung.
    1993 5th welded by Soundweld and rehung by the K.C.A.
    2013 The gudgeon of the 2nd broke causing the bell to wedge between the frame and floor.

    Peal boards

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1993

  • May 1993: 5040 Doubles (8m) (Archbishop of Canterbury's Mission to Bearsted.)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 November 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1988

  • Oct 1988: 5040 Minor (4m) (Dedication of the church extension.)

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    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1914

  • Dec 1913: 5040 Plain Bob Minor

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    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1899

  • Aug 1899: 5040 Minor (6m) (1st peal on the bells.)

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    Timber Bell/Restoration Detail Board dated approx. 1961


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 November 2018

    Slate Performance Board dated approx. 1949

  • Aug 1949: 5040 Plain Bob Minor

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 November 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 2000

  • Jan 2000: General ringing (Ringing in the Millenium.)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 November 2018

    Framed card Performance Board dated approx. 1949

  • Nov 1948: 5040 Grandsire Doubles (Birth of Prince Charles to Princess Elizabeth.)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 November 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1981

  • Jul 1981: 5040 Doubles (7m) (Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 11 November 2018


    Page updated: 1 April 2016