Kennington, St Mary

Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 10-2-25 in G♭
  • Grid Ref: TR022451
  • Rung from: Glazed Gallery
  • Frame: 1971 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
  • Denomination: Church of England
  • Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: II Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower (Felstead Database)

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

    Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)

    (As supplied)

    (As received 1971)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    ® Treble 4-2-19 5-1-3 5-0-14 28⅝" E♭ 1883 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1971 Whitechapel
    ® 2 4-3-6 4-3-27 30" D♭ 1804 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Removed 1971 Whitechapel
    ® 3 6-0-15 6-0-27 32½" C 1602 Robert Mot, Whitechapel Conventional 1971 Whitechapel
    ® 4 6-0-1 6-0-6 33¾" B♭ 1784 Chapman & Mears, Whitechapel Removed 1971 Whitechapel
    ® 5 9-1-16 9-2-13 37¼" A♭ William Oldfield Conventional 1971 Whitechapel
    ® Tenor 10-2-25 10-3-13 41" G♭ 1602 Robert Mot, Whitechapel Conventional 1971 Whitechapel

    ® - Hung for full circle ringing

    Bellframes

    Position Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
    Layout
    Lower tier 1 1,3,4,5,6 1971 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Metal
    Upper tier 2 2 1971 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Metal
    Inscriptions on the Bells

    How the bells are tuned

    Earlier bells

    Bell Date Founder Fate
    Treble (of 5) Pre-Reformation Unknown Recast 1804
    3rd (of 5) Pre-Reformation Unknown Recast 1784
    History

    c1550 1,3 and 4 ( of 5) cast by William Oldfield.
    1552 Record of 5 bells. [1]
    1602 2nd and tenor (of 5) recast by Robert Mot.
    1757 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [2]
    1784 3rd (of 5) recast by Chapman & Mears and hung by John Steddy on 31st Dec.
    1804 Treble (of 5) recast by Thomas Mears.
    1883 Treble added by Mears & Stainbank to make 6.
    1971 Bells retuned (by Richard Offen) and rehung clockwise in a new frame by Whitechapel.

    [1] First fyve bells in the stepyll.' ('Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
    [2] The Church is built of Stone, and Consists of The Body and 3 Chancells. The Tower stands on ye South [actually W.] Side of the Church; In it hang 5 Bells, with The following Inscriptions. 1. Sancta Maria, Ora pro Nobis. 2. Robertus Motte Me fecit. 1602. 3. Sancte Paule, ora pro Nobis. 4. Jesus est Amor Meus. 5. Robertus Motte Me fecit. 1602.' ('Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1757)
    Gallery


    The 2nd is on the upper tier. The other bell in the foreground is the tenor.
    Photo: Richard Offen, Apr 2005

    The tenor bell.
    Photo: Richard Offen, Apr 2005

    Part of the inscription on the 5th.
    Photo: Richard Offen, Apr 2005

    The canons on the 5th
    Photo: Richard Offen, Apr 2005

    The tenor
    Photo: Richard Offen, Apr 2005

    The tenor
    Photo: Richard Offen, Apr 2005

    The 5th
    Photo: Richard Offen, Apr 2005

    Page updated: 29 May 2023