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Leigh, St Mary


  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 8-2-0
  • Grid Ref: TQ548466
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Tonbridge
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
® Treble 3-3-2725⅝" F♯ 1931 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
® 2 4-1-2327¼" E 1871 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
® 3 4-3-1229¼" D 1871 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
® 4 5-3-1031¼" C♯ 1871 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
® 5 6-2-433¼" B 1871 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
® Tenor 8-2-036¼" A 1871 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel

® Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

Earlier ring of five

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderFate
Treble3-0-2125"1731Samuel KnightRecast 1871
2nd3-0-2726½"1731Samuel KnightRecast 1871
3rd4-2-1629½"1636John WilnarRecast 1871
4th5-2-531"1636John WilnarRecast 1871
Tenor6-3-1733½"1640Henry WilnarRecast 1871

History

1636 3rd and 4th (of later 5) cast by John Wilnar.
1640 Tenor cast by Henry Wilnar.
1731 2 trebles cast or added to make 5.
1871 Bells recast by Mears & Stainbank.
1887 Stahlschmidt speculates that some of the Leigh bells came from Bidborough (according to local tradition).
1931 Treble added by Mears & Stainbank to make 6. [1]
1955 Bells quarter-turned and rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
[1] NEW CHURCH BELL. - On Wednesday the Vicar and some of the belringers visited Messrs. Mears and Stainbank's works at Whitechapel, where the new tenor bell for the Parish Church was cast. (Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser - Fri 27 Mar 1931)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-12-175040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2017-06-125040 Doubles
2016-07-165040 Doubles
2015-03-135040 Surprise Minor
2013-11-235040 Minor (7 methods)
2010-01-095040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2008-08-165088 Cambridge Surprise Major
2006-08-285040 Surprise Minor
2006-07-275056 Cambridge Surprise Major
2005-08-045088 Lessness Surprise Major
2000-01-225040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1999-12-295056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
1997-01-265040 Spliced Surprise Minor
1995-10-015040 Minor
1982-05-065040 7 Surprise Minor
1981-08-315040 Kent Treble Bob and Plain Bob Minor
1981-06-175040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1981-03-095040 Stedman Doubles
1980-12-045040 Plain Bob Minor
1979-05-245040 Surprise Minor (7 Methods)
1974-07-045040 Minor (2m)
1971-09-205040 London Surprise Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-01-301260 Doubles (5m)
2019-12-271440 Surprise Minor
2019-11-101260 Grandsire Doubles
2019-10-091260 Thelwall Bob Minor
2019-08-231320 Oxford Treble Bob Minor
2019-07-141260 Doubles
2019-04-231260 April Day Doubles
2019-03-101260 Grandsire Doubles
2019-01-191260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-12-281260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-11-111260 Grandsire Doubles
2018-11-091260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-11-031260 Plain Bob Minor
2018-08-151260 Grandsire Doubles
2018-07-011260 Grandsire Doubles
2018-06-101260 Doubles and Minor
2018-05-191296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2018-04-251296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2018-03-251260 St Martin's Bob Doubles
2018-02-041260 Grandsire Doubles
2018-01-131260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-12-221260 Doubles
2017-12-161320 Minor
2017-12-141260 Plain Bob Minor
2017-11-121260 Grandsire Doubles
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here


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