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Kennington
 

Kennington, St Mary


Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 10-2-2541" G♭ 1602 Robert Mot, Whitechapel 1971 Whitechapel
5 9-1-1637¼" A♭ William Oldfield 1971 Whitechapel
4 6-0-133¾" B♭ 1784 Chapman & Mears, Whitechapel 1971 Whitechapel
3 6-0-1532½" C 1602 Robert Mot, Whitechapel 1971 Whitechapel
2 4-3-630" D♭ 1804 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel 1971 Whitechapel
Treble 4-2-1928⅝" E♭ 1883 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1971 Whitechapel

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate

History

c 1550 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 (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
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-04-095040 Minor (7m)
2015-04-245040 Surprise Minor
2011-05-145040 Doubles (7m)
2011-02-125040 Minor (4m)
2010-03-065040 Minor
2006-08-265040 Surprise Minor
2006-03-295040 Surprise Minor
2002-04-285040 Surprise Minor (7m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-09-031260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-07-071260 Kennington Doubles
2017-03-121260 Doubles (2m)
2016-09-031280 Kennington Bob Doubles
2015-10-291260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
2015-05-101260 St Clement's Bob Minor
2015-05-091260 Plain Bob Doubles
2014-07-071260 Plain Bob Minor
2014-05-251260 Doubles (3m/2v)
2014-04-071260 Grandsire Doubles
2014-04-061260 Doubles (5m)
2014-03-311260 Plain Bob Minor
2014-03-301260 Grandsire Doubles
2014-03-301272 Ipswich Surprise Minor
2014-01-041260 Doubles (1p/5m/3v)
2013-12-221260 Grandsire Doubles
2013-11-111260 Doubles (3m)
2013-09-291260 Doubles (3m/7v)
2013-08-251260 Plain Bob Minor
2013-08-181260 Grandsire Doubles
2013-08-041260 Doubles (3m/3v)
2013-07-281260 Grandsire Doubles
2013-07-231260 Grandsire Doubles
2013-07-211260 Doubles (2m)
2013-07-141260 Grandsire Doubles
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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