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Benenden
 

Benenden, St George


Photo: Dickon Love, Mar 2014

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As supplied)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Flat 6th 6-0-230½" D♭ 2004 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Treble 4-3-2425" B♭ 2003 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
2 4-3-1626" A♭ 2003 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
3 5-0-1826.5" G 2003 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
4 4-3-1027½" F 2003 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
5 5-1-2329" E♭ 1971 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
6 5-3-030¾" D 1802 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel 1971 John Taylor & Co
7 6-2-633" C 1802 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel 1971 John Taylor & Co
8 7-3-238-1-2434½" B♭ 1882 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 1971 John Taylor & Co
9 8-0-1136½" A♭ 1819 Thomas Mears II 1971 John Taylor & Co
10 10-1-2311-0-040" G 1923 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich 1971 John Taylor & Co
11 13-2-1943½" F 1719 Richard Phelps, Whitechapel 1971 John Taylor & Co
Tenor 18-0-2448¾" E♭ 1753 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel 1971 John Taylor & Co

Inscriptions

The ring of Six provided in 1719

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 6)1719Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1802
2 (of 6)1719Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1764
3 (of 6)1719Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1819
4 (of 6)1719Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1923
5 (of 6)1719Richard PhelpsNeverStill there
Tenor (of 6)1719Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1753

Subsequent recasts

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
2nd (of 6)1764Lester & PackNeverRecast 1882
Treble (of 8)5-3-1529½"1802Thomas Mears INeverRecast 1971

History

1418 John, Bishop of Sora, was instructed to consecrate 4 bells, hung in a detached timber tower, similar to that at Brookland, though stated to be 132 ft high!
c 1550 Around this time there were 5 bells, tenor 27 cwt.
1678 The tower and bells were completely destroyed, and the church gutted, by a fire caused by a lightning strike. The bell metal was sold to finance the repair.
1718 Present tower built.
1719 New ring of 6 cast by Richard Phelps.
1753 Tenor (of 6) recast by Lester & Pack.
1764 2nd (of 6) recast.
1802 Treble (of 6) recast and 2 trebles added to make 8 by Thomas Mears in a new frame.
1819 5th recast by Thomas Mears.
1882 4th recast by John Taylor.
1923 6th recast and bells rehung by Alfred Bowell on girder headstocks and tie-rodded the frame. [1]
1924 7th rehung by Alfred Bowell. [2]
1939 Bowell invoiced for further work and the supply of handbells. [3]
1971 Treble recast, bells retuned and rehung in a new frame by John Taylor. Bells rededicated on 1 May.
1994 Sound control installed
2003 The addition of 4 Taylor trebles by Hayward Mills Associates augments the ring to 12. The try out took place on 20th Nov. and the dedication on 21st Dec. The new 12 were first rung on 10th November and dedicated on 21st December.
2004 A flat 6th was donated in memory of Mrs Irene Hopwood Smith. It was cast by John Taylor & Co.
2005 Local ringers lowered the existing 6th and its framework enough to allow new framework for the flat 6th to be installed. The new bell was hung by Haywood Mills Associates.
[1] 1923 14th Nov. To recasting the 6th bell and rehanging the peal of eight bells £20. Paid cq. on a/c £160 23rd Nov. 1923. £40 cq. 5th Jan. 1924. (Bowell records, 1923)
[2] 1924 19th May: To lowering the 7th bell into position and refixing the clapper in same. Three mens' time & expenses £2. Paid cq. 6th June 1932. (Bowell records)
[3] 1939 31st May: To repairs to 12 handbells £2-17-6. Paid cq. 7th June 1939. (Bowell records)

Articles

  • "Renewal of Kent Eight", Author unknown (The Ringing World) 24 December 1971
  • "Benenden and Beer", Lebon, J R N (The Ringing World) 13 June 2003
  • "12,000 Bottles Later ... Benenden are now 12", Love, Dickon R (The Ringing World) 12 March 2004
  • "And 12,000 Bottles Later …", Love, Dickon R (The Ringing World and Lovesguide) 1 December 2003
  • The Belfry


    The 4th.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2003

    Tenor in the foreground.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2003

    The four new trebles (treble at the back counting down to the 4th at the front).
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2003

    Rod Lebon (Tower Captain and inspiration behind the augmentation) standing beside the 4th.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2003

    Bells 5, 6 and 7 along the east wall
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2003

    South west corner of the belfry.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2003

    Wider view of the belfry.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2014

    Wider view of the belfry.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2014

    The Ringing Room


    The ringing room is next to the west window…
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2014

    ... and has a gallery overlooking the church.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2014
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2017-08-285088 Swindon Surprise Maximus
    2016-10-085040 Doubles (1v/6m)
    2015-12-135040 Doubles (1p/3m/4v)
    2014-03-295152 Superlative Surprise Major
    2014-03-095080 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
    2014-01-185042 Spliced Surprise Maximus (5 Methods)
    2013-06-085040 Yorkshire Surprise Maximus
    2012-09-085040 Stedman Triples
    2011-07-165136 Bristol Surprise Maximus
    2011-05-275042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
    2011-01-195056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2010-11-135090 Bristol Surprise Maximus
    2010-01-235007 Stedman Cinques
    2009-08-215042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
    2009-05-295042 Superlative Surprise Maximus
    2009-05-245019 Stedman Cinques
    2009-02-075001 Stedman Caters
    2008-11-275040 Yorkshire Surprise Maximus
    2008-09-205040 Swindon Surprise Maximus
    2008-06-075001 Stedman Caters
    2008-05-035088 Johannesburg Surprise Major
    2008-04-055056 Gainsborough Surprise Major
    2008-03-015088 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
    2008-02-235152 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2007-11-205000 Oakham Surprise Royal
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2018-06-151584 Newgate Surprise Maximus
    2018-06-091287 Stedman Caters
    2018-05-211296 Plain Bob Caters
    2018-05-181311 Stedman Cinques
    2018-03-161276 Grandsire Cinques
    2018-02-161251 Stedman Cinques
    2018-01-201282 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
    2018-01-131263 Stedman Triples
    2017-11-171311 Stedman Cinques
    2017-10-201259 Grandsire Caters
    2017-09-011311 Stedman Cinques
    2017-08-181280 London No.3 Surprise Royal
    2017-08-041260 Grandsire Doubles
    2017-07-081287 Grandsire Triples
    2017-06-161306 Stedman Cinques
    2017-06-021263 Stedman Caters
    2017-05-191320 Julie Mcdonnell Little Alliance Maximus
    2017-05-121260 Grandsire Doubles
    2017-04-211260 Oxford Bob Triples
    2017-02-171259 Erin Cinques
    2017-01-251250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2017-01-201251 Stedman Cinques
    2017-01-061312 Grandpont Surprise Major
    2016-12-201253 Grandsire Cinques
    2016-11-181346 Yorkshire Surprise Maximus
    Full list of peals here
    Full list of quarters here

    Elsewhere in the Parish

    Benenden, School Chapel
    Single bell hung dead with a trigger clapper

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