Milton, Ss Peter & Paul
  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 11-3-2 in F♯
  • Grid Ref: TQ658738
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Denomination: Church of England
  • Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower (Felstead Database)

  • Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)

    (Prior to retuning in 1930)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    ® Treble 5-1-9 27¾" F♯ 1930 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat Never
    ® 2 5-2-4 28¾" E♯ 1930 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat Never
    ® 3 5-2-24 6-0-12 31" D♯ 1810 Thomas Mears II Conventional 1930 Mears & Stainbank
    ® 4 5½ cwt approx 30⅞" C♯ 1656 John Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional Never
    ® 5 6½ cwt approx 32⅜" B 1656 John Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional Never
    ® 6 7½ cwt approx 34⅝" A♯ 1656 John Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional Never
    ® 7 9 cwt approx 38" G♯ 1656 John Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional Never
    ® Tenor 11-3-2 11-3-9 41⅝" F♯ 1656 John Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional 1930 Mears & Stainbank

    ® - Hung for full circle ringing

    Bellframes

    Position Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
    Layout
    Single level 1 1,2,5,6,7,8 1810 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Cast iron ,
    Single level 1.1 3,4 1930 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Cast iron
    Inscriptions on the Bells

    History

    1656 Ring of 5 cast by John Hodson.
    1810 Treble added to make 6. All the bells were rehung in a new frame.
    1903 Bell quarter-turned and rehung with new fittings by Mears & Stainbank.
    1930 2 trebles added by Mears & Stainbank to make 8. They removed the north end of the frame and placed 2 cast iron pits there to receive the eventual 3rd and 4th, the 2 trebles hanging in the pits vacated. The 3rd (of 8) was taken back to the foundry and tuned at the time. The tenor also appears to have gone to the foundry, although probably just to be measured to allow the others to be cast and tuned.
    1970 Bells rehung with some new fittings by John Taylor.

    Gallery


    The dedication of the two new treble bells in 1930. The lady and gentleman on the left are Edward Augustus Sandford and Frances Sandford (née Gates). The treble is dedicated to the memory of Alan Gates Sandford. This picture was kindly provided by Cather
    Photo: 1930 courtesy C Allcott, 2001
    Peal boards

    Framed card Performance Board dated 1808

  • Jan 1808: 5040 Minor (5m)

  • Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 4 July 2018

    Framed card Performance Board dated 1914

  • Nov 1912: 5040 Minor (4m)
  • Mar 1913: 5040 Minor (7m)
  • Apr 1913: 5040 Minor (10m) (1st peal of 10 methods by the Kent CACR.)
  • Dec 1913: 5040 Minor (4m)

  • Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 4 July 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated 1912

  • Jan 1912: 5040 Minor (7m)

  • Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 4 July 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1992

  • Jul 1991: 5056 Cambridge S Major (100 years after 1st peal in the tower, 60 years after 1st on the eight. Error in the month on the board.)

  • Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 4 July 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated 1919

  • Nov 1918: 5040 Minor (4m) (To celebrate the signing of the Armistice.)
  • Jul 1919: 5040 Minor (5m) (To celebrate the Royal Proclamation of Peace.)
  • Jul 1919: 5040 Minor (6m) (On the day of National Thanksgiving.)

  • Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 4 July 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated 1891

  • Aug 1891: 5040 Minor (5m) (1st peal on the bells.)

  • Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 4 July 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated 1896

  • Jan 1896: 5040 Minor (4m) (1st by the local band.)

  • Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 4 July 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated 1981

  • Jun 1981: 5088 Pudsey S Major (By the Rochester Diocesan Guild.)

  • Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 4 July 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated 1863

  • Oct 1862: 5040 Cambridge S Minor

  • Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 4 July 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated 1935

  • Nov 1934: 5088 Kent T B Major (25 years together of G R Ambrose, J Burles and F M Mitchell.)

  • Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 4 July 2018

    Bells elsewhere in the parish


    Page updated: 1 April 2016