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Minster in Sheppey
 

Minster in Sheppey, Ss Mary & Sexburga


Photo: Dickon Love

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Prior to retuning in 1929)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 10-2-010-3-439½" G♭ 1663 William Hatch 1929 Mears & Stainbank
5 8-0-48-0-1135⅛" A♭ 1663 William Hatch 1929 Mears & Stainbank
4 6-3-832¹³⁄₁₆" B♭ 1929 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
3 5-1-2231⅛" C♭ 1663 William Hatch Never
2 4-0-124-1-428⅝" D♭ 1883 Gillett & Co, Croydon 1929 Mears & Stainbank
Treble 4-0-126¹⁵⁄₁₆" E♭ 1929 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never

From the 1663 ring of five

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 5)4-2-1128½"D1663William HatchNeverRecast 1883 as cracked.
3rd (of 5)6-1-221663William HatchNeverRecast 1929 as cracked.

History

1602 It is believed that Joseph Hatch cast a bell for St James', Warden.
1663 Ring of 5 cast by William Hatch.
1883 Cracked treble (of 5) recast by Gillett & Co. Cast March 30th. Dispatched 4th May. The church magazine stated in Jan "we now have a beautiful new treble bell and all the other four have been carefully overhauled and put in working order." The rehanging wa [1]
1884 8th July The bells were re-opened at a special service where The Rev'd R. B. Knatchbull-Huggessen preached.
1929 3rd (of 5) recast as it was cracked and treble added by Mears & Stainbank from the metal of a bell from St James', Warden. The remainder were retuned (apart from the 2nd of 5) and rehung. The bells were rededicated on 23rd March by the Dean of Canterbury
1973 Present ringing gallery installed.
[1] Excerpt from "A history of the abbey church of Minster, Isle of Sheppey, Kent : with a description of the monuments, and other matters relating to this ancient parish 1896" (Rev'd William Bramston) The church belfry being part of the Church, access to it ("A history of the abbey church of Minster, Isle of Sheppey, Kent", Rev'd William Bramston 1896)

Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2014-11-291260 Stedman Doubles
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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