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Bekesbourne
 

Bekesbourne, St Peter


Photo: Dickon Love, Jan 2007

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 7-2-16 in A♭.
  • Grid Ref: TR195554
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1884 Mears & Stainbank, made of timber with the treble above the rest. Extended 1890. Strengthened 2005
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As supplied)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 7-2-168-1-23½35⅞" A♭ 1884 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 2005 Whitechapel
5 5-3-66-1-1632¾" B♭ 1884 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 2005 Whitechapel
4 5-1-156-0-030⅞" C 1884 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 2005 Whitechapel
3 4-1-114-3-829" D 1884 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 2005 Whitechapel
2 4-0-154-2-1527⅛" E♭ 1890 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 2005 Whitechapel
Treble 3-2-224-0-425¾" F 1890 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 2005 Whitechapel

Inscriptions

Prior to 1884

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 2)2-1-14?UnknownNeverBroken up 1884
Tenor (of 2)2-3-16?UnknownNeverBroken up 1884

History

1884 4 bells cast by Mears & Stainbank to replace a pair of inscriptionless bells. They show a variety of punctation, possible due to the introduction of new lettering following the death of Robert Stainbank the year before.
1890 2 trebles added by Mears & Stainbank to make 6. Additional framework was added to facilitate this, with the treble hung in an upper tier above the second.
c 1923 Bells believed to have been rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
2005 Bells retuned by Whitechapel.
2006 Bells rehung in the existing frame (which was strengthened) by Whites of Appleton.

Correspondence with John Taylor

Research by David Cawley in the archives of the Taylor, Eayre & Smith foundry in Loughborough has yielded some
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2010-08-285040 Minor (4m)
2006-12-295040 Surprise Minor (7m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-07-051260 St Simon's Bob Doubles
2015-07-091260 Bob Minor
2011-02-251260 St. Clement's College Bob Minor
2010-10-231260 Doubles (8m/1p)
2008-01-121260 Stedman Doubles
2006-05-131320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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