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Canterbury Cathedral
 

Canterbury Cathedral, Arundel Tower


  • 5 clock bells hung dead and bourdon hung for slow swinging with electric motor
  • Tenor: 62-2-9 in B.
  • Grid Ref: TR151579
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As received 1981)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Quarter 1 6-3-07-1-1432" C♯ 1802 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel 1981 Whitechapel
Quarter 2 6-3-47-1-833¾" B 1855 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel 1981 Whitechapel
Quarter 3 7-2-218-0-2335¾" A♯ 1726 Samuel Knight, Southwark 1981 Whitechapel
Quarter 4 8-1-248-3-2536¾" G♯ 1726 Samuel Knight, Southwark 1981 Whitechapel
Quarter 5 9-2-210-2-739½" F♯ 1855 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel 1981 Whitechapel
Great Dunstan 62-2-967-3-069" B 1762 William Chapman, Whitechapel 1981 Whitechapel

Inscriptions

Prior Henry's bells of 1316

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Chapter Bell5½ cwt approx.1316UnknownNeverMoved to the Oxford Tower in 1433
120 cwt approx.1316UnknownNeverMoved to the Oxford Tower in 1433
222 cwt approx.1316UnknownNeverMoved to the Oxford Tower in 1433
324 cwt approx.1316UnknownNeverMoved to the Oxford Tower in 1433

5 bells received from the Angel Steeple

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
11408Unknown
21408Unknown
31408Unknown
41408Unknown
564 cwt approx.1408UnknownRecast 1635-6 into 2 trebles

The 1635-6 Ring of Six

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble8 cwt approx.36¼"1635Joseph HatchMoved to Central Tower in 1726 as new "Bell Harry"
2nd1636Joseph HatchRemoved 1726
3rdc.1490UnknownRemoved 1726
4th1585Robert MotRemoved 1726
5th1606Joseph HatchRemoved 1726
Tenor1624Joseph HatchRemoved 1726

History

1288 Prior Henry hung the original "Bell Harry" in North West Tower.
1316 Prior Henry placed 3 small bells and a Chapter bell in the North West Tower.
1433 Bells moved to the Oxford Tower. The Bells from the Angel Steeple were moved in.
1490 The smallest Arundel bell was recast.
1585 Second Arundel bell was recast by Robert Mot of Whitechapel.
1606 Third Arundel bell was recast by Joseph Hatch.
1624 Fourth Arundel bell recast by Joseph Hatch.
1635 The Arundel bells were rehung in a new frame & tuned in 1635-6. The tenor was replaced by 2 smaller bells by Joseph Hatch to produce the first change ringing peal.
1704 North West tower spire damaged.
1706 North West tower spire removed.
1726 Arundel bells removed. Tower is now empty.
1832 North West tower partially removed & rebuilt.
1981 5 of the Oxford Bells escaped recasting and were hung from the roof of the Arundel Tower as the Clock Chime. Great Dunstan was hung in a new frame for slow swinging and to sound the hours.
1988 Great Dunstan was found to be cracked, so was lowered to the ground and welded by Soundweld before being rehung in the tower.
1990 [Date unsure] One of the clock bells found to be cracked and was welded by Soundweld.
1997 Great Dunstan again found to be cracked. Whitechapel recommended no action be taken.

Gallery


Beneath the clock bells, Great Dunstan stands in its own frame.
Photo: Dickon Love

Great Dunstan being lowered for the last time from the Oxford Tower. Beside the great bell is the Clerk of the Works (Brian Le Mar) and the Dean (Victor de Waal). In the background, the old 11th and tenor can be seen on the floor.
Photo: 1981 ?Kent Messenger

The clock bells hanging from the roof of the Arundel Tower.
Photo: Dickon Love

The clock bells hanging from the roof of the Arundel Tower.
Photo: Dickon Love

The clock mechanism stands in the chamber below the clock bells and Great Dunstan. This is equivalent in height to the ring of bells in the Oxford Tower.
Photo: Dickon Love

Formerly there were only ting-tang quarters, but in 1897, quarter chimes on five bells were put in. They were arranged by the Rev'd Frederick J. O. Helmore, Precentor of the Cathedral to commemorate the thirteenth centenary of the Cathedral and the landin
Photo: Provided by Stephen Ivin

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