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Maidstone
 

Maidstone, All Saints


Photo: Michael Birkbeck, Jun 2001

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 32-0-2056" C♯ 1957 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
9 23-0-1250½" D♯ 1957 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
8 15-3-445" E♯ 1957 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
7 12-2-2742" F♯ 1957 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
6 9-1-2238" G♯ 1957 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
5 7-3-1735½" A♯ 1957 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
4 6-2-1832½" B♯ 1957 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
3 6-0-2431" C♯ 1957 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
2 5-3-430" D♯ 1957 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Treble 5-0-2629" E♯ 1957 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never

Inscriptions

The 1783/4 ring of ten

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble6-1-201784Chapman & MearsNeverRecast 1957
2nd6-3-151783Chapman & MearsNeverRecast 1957
3rd7-0-121784Chapman & MearsNeverRecast 1957
4th7-1-181784Chapman & MearsNeverRecast 1829
5th8-1-151784Chapman & MearsNeverRecast 1957
6th10-2-241784Chapman & MearsNeverRecast 1957
7th1784Chapman & MearsNeverRecast 1786
8th16-1-181784Chapman & MearsNeverRecast 1957
9th20-2-81784Chapman & MearsNeverRecast 1957
Tenor28-2-131784Chapman & MearsNeverRecast 1840

Bells subsequently recast

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Supplied weight)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
4th7-1-181829Thomas Mears IINeverRecast 1957
7th13-0-201786William MearsNeverRecast 1957
Tenor29-2-1331-3-21840Thomas Mears IINeverRecast 1957

Bells prior to 1783

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor1678John & Christopher HodsonNeverRecast 1784

History

1395 Tower built.
c 1450 Tower thought to possess 4 bells.
1509 The Will of John Leche, 25 August 1509 (proved 10th October 1509 by Alice relict, Thomas Polyll, Wm. Ade and John Plomer) suggests a bell was cast in 1508 or 1509. The "Thomas Hatwiche" could be Thomas Hatch, a hitherto unknown earlier bellfounder, or a [1]
1604 The 2nd and tenor (probably of 4) were recast.
1667 Record of 6 bells in the tower.
1678 Tenor recast by John and/or Christopher Hodson and bells rehung.
1719 7th stated to have been repaired - therefore the tower possessed 8 bells.
1721 Some of the bells recast by Richard Phelps.
1730 Spire struck by lighning and burnt down.
1762 Tenor repaired at the cost of 10 guineas.
1783 - 4 Bells (totalling 6 tons) recast into a ring of 10 by Chapman & Mears and hung in an anticlockwise frame.
1784 The new ring of bells was opened by the Leeds ringers.
1786 7th recast by William Mears.
1798 Record of 8 bells in the tower. [1]
1829 4th recast by Thomas Mears.
1840 Tenor recast by Thomas Mears.
1898 Bells rehung by John Warner.
1899 Clock purchased from Gillett & Johnston.
1921 Bells rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
1945 Old barrel chime on the clock went out of action.
1957 Bells recast by John Taylor.
1958 The new bells were hung in a new clockwise frame by John Taylor.
2000 All clappers, bearings and 3 headstocks were refurbished by John Taylor.
[1] John Leche of Maydeston [Maidstone], draper, 25th August 1509. To be buried in churchyarde of the parishe church of Alhalowen in Maydeston … I bequeth to Thomas Hatwiche 5 marc of my stuff. Toward the costs of the new bell late bought for the said church (Will of John Leche, 25 August 1509)
[1] In the tower were eight bells, a clock, and chimes; the bells, in 1784, were new cast into ten, by Chapman and Mears of London. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 4', Edward Hasted)

Gallery


The tenor bell.
Photo: Dickon Love, 24 Jul 2004

The seventh in the foreground.
Photo: Dickon Love, 24 Jul 2004
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-03-075040 Surprise Minor
2017-02-285040 Spliced Surprise Minor
2017-02-155040 Spliced Surprise Royal
2017-02-075040 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
2017-01-315040 Surprise Minor
2017-01-275040 Surprise Minor
2017-01-185120 Spliced Surprise Royal (5 Methods)
2017-01-035000 London No.3 Surprise Royal
2016-12-285002 Bristol Surprise Royal
2016-11-225040 Alexander Surprise Royal
2016-11-165002 Bristol Surprise Royal
2016-10-265016 Stedman Caters
2016-10-045040 Surprise Minor
2016-09-275040 Spliced Surprise Minor
2016-09-215002 Bristol Surprise Royal
2016-08-245120 Spliced Surprise Royal (5 Methods)
2016-08-025040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
2016-07-205080 Spliced Surprise Royal
2016-06-285040 London No.3 Surprise Royal
2016-06-225040 Bristol Surprise Royal
2016-06-075000 London No.3 Surprise Royal
2016-05-315040 Surprise Minor
2016-05-255000 Spliced Surprise Royal
2016-05-175055 Stedman Caters
2016-04-275040 Triton Delight Royal
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-03-191260 Doubles (5m)
2017-03-051260 Plain Bob Royal
2017-02-241282 Evesham Surprise Royal
2017-02-051259 Grandsire Caters
2017-02-051259 Grandsire Caters
2017-01-251260 Julie McDonnell Doubles
2017-01-151282 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
2016-12-241260 Doubles (3 Methods)
2016-11-061259 Grandsire Caters
2016-10-161282 Cambridge Surprise Royal
2016-10-021312 Bristol Surprise Major
2016-07-251259 Grandsire Caters
2016-07-171251 Stedman Caters
2016-06-051280 Spliced Surprise Major (3 Methods)
2016-04-141259 Grandsire Caters
2016-04-111259 Grandsire Caters
2016-02-211260 Grandsire Triples
2016-01-311280 Rutland Surprise Major
2016-01-031296 Surprise Minor (2m)
2015-12-191282 Quedgeley Surprise Royal
2015-11-291282 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
2015-11-151259 Grandsire Caters
2015-11-081260 Grandsire Doubles
2015-10-181259 Grandsire Caters
2015-10-041253 Stedman Caters
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Maidstone, County Hall
Single bell on display

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