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Kingsnorth
 

Kingsnorth, St Michael


Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 8-1-636½" A 1654 William Hatch 1977 Whitechapel
5 6-1-2532¾" B 1976 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
4 4-1-629⅜" C♯ 1914 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1977 Whitechapel
3 3-3-1727¾" D 1728 Samuel Knight, Southwark 1977 Whitechapel
2 3-1-125⅜" E 1695 James Bartlett, Whitechapel 1977 Whitechapel
Treble 2-3-1323¾" F♯ 1976 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never

Inscriptions

The original Samuel Knight ring of five

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble4-1-2127¹³⁄₁₆"D1728Samuel KnightNeverNow the 3rd in the present ring
2nd4-2-2128¹³⁄₁₆"C♯1727Samuel KnightNeverMelted down 1976
3rd5-0-2130¹¹⁄₁₆"B1727Samuel KnightNeverMelted down 1976
4th6-2-633⅞"A1727Samuel KnightNeverMelted down 1976
Tenor10-0-038³⁄₁₆"G1728Samuel KnightNeverMelted down 1976

History

1552 Record of 3 bells.
1654 Tenor bell cast for St Nicholas, Rochester by Joseph Hatch.
1695 Treble bell cast for St Nicholas, Rochester by James Bartlett.
1727 - 8 Ring of 5 cast by Samuel Knight in the Lydian scale.
1758 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [1]
1900 Bell frame made for the six bells at Tunstall.
1914 Middle bell added to St Nicholas, Rochester by Mears & Stainbank.
1969 The 5 bells were made ringable for short periods of time after work by Mr B. Johnson of Smarden.
1976 The 3 bells from St Nicholas, Rochester were incorporated as bells 2, 4, 6 of a new ring of 6. The treble of the old 5 became the 3rd. The other bells were recast into bells 1 and 5 by Whitechapel. The bells at Tunstall were rehung in a new frame a year e
[1] "In The Tower, which is at ye West End, hang 5 Musicall Bells, with the following Inscriptions. 1. Praise The Lord Your King. 1728. 2. Anthony Jarvis, C.W. S.K. fecit 1727. 3. John Taylor, C.W. S.K. fecit. 1727. 4. Samuel Knight fecit. 1727. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)

Gallery


Work during the 1976 restoration.
Photo: Richard Offen, 1976

The 5th in 1976.
Photo: Richard Offen, 1976

The tenor in 1976.
Photo: Richard Offen, 1976

The treble bell before hanging.
Photo: Richard Offen, 1976

The tenor on its way up.
Photo: Richard Offen, 1976

The tenor being hoisted up.
Photo: Richard Offen, 1976

The tenor being hoisted up.
Photo: Richard Offen, 1976
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2013-01-265040 Doubles (4m)
2010-11-065040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2008-01-265040 Surprise Minor
1977-12-175040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-05-021260 Minor (2m)
2015-10-291260 Doubles (11m/p/V)
2014-12-061272 Doubles (18m/V/p)
2014-04-021296 Ripple Surprise Minor
2013-12-281320 Surprise Minor (2m)
2013-09-281296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2013-06-201260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
2013-03-021260 Doubles (11m/V)
2012-06-071260 Grandsire Doubles
2011-12-091260 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles
2011-07-021296 Humber Delight Minor
2011-03-191260 Plain Bob Doubles
2009-01-171440 Spliced Surprise Minor (6m)
2008-04-271320 Carlisle Surprise Minor
2005-08-291272 Wells Surprise Minor
1985-09-281260 Doubles (41m/V)
1981-09-031440 Ipswich Surprise Minor
1980-11-071260 Plain Bob 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