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Margate, St John the Baptist


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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 21-2-352" D♯ 1785 William Mears Never
7 14-2-2645½" E♯ 1785 William Mears Never
6 11-3-1442" F* 1785 William Mears Never
5 12-2-1041½" G♯ 1785 William Mears Never
4 10-3-739½" A♯ 1785 William Mears Never
3 8-1-2636" B♯ 1900 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
2 6-1-2333" C* 1823 Thomas Mears II 1900 John Taylor
Treble 6-0-2432" D♯ 1823 Thomas Mears II 1900 John Taylor

How the bells are tuned

Prior to 1900

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
3rd (of 8)1785William MearsNeverRecast in 1900

Ring of five prior to 1785

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
TrebleLate 16th CentThomas HatchNeverRecast in 1785
21615Joseph HatchNeverRecast in 1785
3BlackletterUnknownNeverRecast in 1785
4BlackletterUnknownNeverRecast in 1785
Tenor1445-1449John SturdyNeverRecast in 1785

History

c 1400 2 bells cast, later forming 3 and 4 of 5.
c 1440 Bell cast by John Sturdy, later forming the tenor.
c 1585 Bell cast by Thomas Hatch (at some time forming the treble of 5).
1615 2nd (of 5) recast by Joseph Hatch.
1723 Lewis, in his "History of Thanet" quotes the five bells as being "tunable".
1785 Bells recast into a ring of 6 by William Mears.
1823 2 trebles added by Thomas Mears to make 8.
1900 3rd recast and bells rehung in a new composite 2-tier frame by John Taylor. Note that they did NOT retune the back 5 bells but did tune the 2 trebles.
1935 Bells overhauled by John Taylor.
2011 The tenor was given a wooden shafted clapper, by John Taylor.

Gallery



Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2000

The 7th bell.
Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2000


Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2000

An old photograph of the bells and ringers in 1900
Photo: Simon Friend's collection, Margate
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2012-08-175056 Plain Bob Major
2010-11-135040 Grandsire Triples
2002-07-205056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-11-191260 Julie McDonnell Bob Doubles
2015-10-211260 Grandsire Triples
2015-05-301260 Plain Bob Triples
2014-09-251260 Double (3m/4v)
2013-10-271260 Grandsire Doubles
2013-07-311260 Grandsire Triples
2012-12-121260 Doubles (1v/2m)
2012-12-091260 Grandsire Triples
2011-12-101260 Plain Bob Doubles
2011-10-011260 Doubles (11m/v)
2011-08-121280 Bristol Surprise Major
2011-07-171260 Grandsire Triples
2011-02-091260 Grandsire Doubles
2011-02-051260 Doubles (2m)
2010-10-061260 Stedman Triples
2010-07-111260 Grandsire Triples
2010-03-061344 Plain Bob Major
2009-12-121260 Grandsire Triples
2009-11-041260 Doubles (3m/4v)
2009-10-241288 April Day Triples
2009-07-121260 Plain Bob Minor
2009-06-171260 Plain Bob Minor
2009-05-091260 Stedman Triples
2009-04-221260 Grandsire Triples
2009-04-181260 Stedman Triples
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Margate, Jubilee Tower
Hour bell and 4 quarter chimes
Margate, Pier
Formerly single bell, 3-0-0, washed away
Margate, Shopping Centre North Entrance
Formerly hour bell and 4 quarter bells, now in storage
Margate, Shopping Centre South Entrance
Formerly hour bell and 4 quarter bells, now in storage

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