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Mersham
 

Mersham, St John the Baptist


Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 12-3-18 in F♯.
  • Grid Ref: TR052393
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1967 Mears & Stainbank, made of imported hardwood
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 12-3-1842" F♯ 1612 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 1967 Mears & Stainbank
7 9-2-2237¼" G♯ 1612 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 1967 Mears & Stainbank
6 7-2-134" A♯ 1612 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 1967 Mears & Stainbank
5 5-3-2032¼" B 1612 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 1967 Mears & Stainbank
4 4-2-1028¾" C♯ 1612 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 1967 Mears & Stainbank
3 4-1-528" D♯ 1847 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel 1967 Mears & Stainbank
2 4-1-1727" E♯ 1966 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
Treble 3-2-2526" F♯ 1880 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1967 Mears & Stainbank

Inscriptions

Prior to 1967.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
2nd (of 8)4-2-41880Mears & StainbankNeverStolen

History

1552 Record of 5 bells. [1]
1612 All 5 bells recast by Joseph Hatch.
1847 Treble added to make 6 in an adapted frame by Charles & George Mears.
1880 2 trebles added to make 8 by Mears & Stainbank in a further adapted frame.
1953 All ringing ceased after the tower was found to be cracked.
1967 Bells retuned and rehung in a new frame (made of imported hardwood, possibly Jarrah) by Whitechapel. The old 2nd was stolen necessitating a new bell to be cast by Whitechapel.
[1] Item v great bells yn the stepell with ij corse bells. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2015-01-105024 Bristol Surprise Major
2007-12-295024 Bristol Surprise Major
2004-01-015040 Plain Bob Major
1982-07-105088 Little Bob Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-03-041344 Julie Mcdonnell New Bob Major
2014-08-231312 Plain Bob Major
2014-04-021250 York Surprise Major
2012-06-081260 Grandsire Triples
2011-12-081260 Grandsire Doubles
2011-08-091260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
2007-08-261260 Stedman Triples
2006-12-231260 Grandsire Doubles
2006-02-261260 Grandsire Triples
2005-12-101259 Grandsire Doubles
2001-05-191280 Superlative Surprise Major
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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