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Meopham
 

Meopham, St John the Baptist


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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 12-1-1041⁹⁄₁₆" F♯ 1679 Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel
7 9-0-837" G♯ 1651 Michael Darbie
6 7-1-934½" A♯ 1677 John & Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel
5 6-0-2431⅞" B 1677 John & Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel
4 5-2-1431" C♯ 1650 Michael Darbie
3 4-3-1629" D♯ 1910 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
2 4-2-2027⅛" E♯ 1949 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon
Treble 4-2-826½" F♯ 1949 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon

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History

1382 An earthquake destroyed the two side aisles of the church.
1386 The side aisles were rebuilt by William Courtney, Archbishop of Canterbury.
1650 Treble (of 5) cast by Michael Darbie.
1651 4th (of 5) recast by Michael Darbie.
1677 2nd and 3rd (of 5) recast by John & Christopher Hodson.
1679 Tenor recast by Christopher Hodson. The Churchwarden at the time disputed the cost of the bell and was arrested.
1910 Bells rehung and treble added to make 6 by Mears & Stainbank.
1949 Bells rehung and 2 trebles added by Gillett & Johnston.
1984 Urgent repairs to the bells were carried out by Whitechapel.
2009 Tie rods and bracing were installed in an effort to reduce movement in the frame and foundation.

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2009-10-105086 Wedding Delight Major
2004-04-175088 Uxbridge Surprise Major
2004-03-205056 Plain Bob Major
2002-12-285040 Grandsire Triples
1982-04-125088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-03-191250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2017-02-271250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2017-02-121250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2017-01-151260 Julie McDonnell New Bob Triples
2016-12-101250 Sheppey Surprise Major
2016-09-041260 Grandsire Triples
2016-06-111696 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2016-04-211280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2016-04-101280 Spliced Surprise Major
2016-04-101280 Spliced Surprise Major
2016-04-091250 Cambridge Surprise Major
2016-03-061280 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2015-11-081251 Stedman Triples
2015-09-131280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2015-09-061280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2015-07-121280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2015-05-031260 Grandsire Triples
2015-03-281280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2014-10-251344 Plain Bob Major
2014-06-011320 Norwich Surprise Minor
2014-04-121296 Plain Bob Major
2013-12-121312 Dereham Surprise Major
2013-09-281260 Grandsire Triples
2011-03-141280 Cassiobury Surprise Major
2010-11-071280 Spliced Surprise Major (3 methods)
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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