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Otham
 

Otham, St Nicholas


Photo: KCACR Maidstone District website

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 7-1-11 in A.
  • Grid Ref: TQ789540
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1906 Mears & Stainbank, made of timber, extended by John Taylor Bellfounders in 2011
  • 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 7-1-1135¹⁄₁₆" A 1906 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
5 6½ cwt approx32¼" B William Dawe, London Never
4 5½ cwt approx.30³⁄₁₆" C♯ 1755 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel Never
3 4-1-027¼" D 1925 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich
2 3-2-725¾" E 1925 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich
Treble 3-1-1124⅝" F♯ 2011 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

Previous bells.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor7-0-2235"1714Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1906

History

1385 - 1418 A bell was cast by William Dawe.
1667 Record of 3 bells. Tenor was rehung on a new headstock.
1672 Bells rehung.
1714 Tenor cast by Richard Phelps.
1755 Present treble cast by Lester & Pack, costing £10. 19s/1d
1906 Tenor recast by Mears & Stainbank who quarater-turned and rehung the bells in a new frame. Before that the bells used to hang between the tower roof supports.
1963 Ringing resumed when Mr Tyler begand to teach a band.
2012 Two Alfred Bowell bells were acquired through the Keltek Trust from the former ring of 5 at Campton, Beds, which themselves were replaced with a new ring of 8 in 2006. These were hung with a new treble, cast by John Taylor in 2011, to augment the ring of

Gallery


The three trebles at John Taylor Bellfounders. Two bells from Campton by Alfred Bowell, and a new treble cast at Loughborough
Photo: David Cawley. 2012

The Taylor treble in 2012.
Photo: David Cawley. 2012

Peal Boards

Timber Bell/Restoration Detail Board dated approx. 2016

Photo: Richard A Love, 1 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 2016
23 Apr 2016: 5040 Doubles (4m) (1st peal on the bells.)

Photo: Richard A Love, 1 May 2017

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-10-295040 Surprise Minor
2016-04-235040 Doubles
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-10-221260 Doubles
2017-10-161320 Doubles (4m)
2017-08-031320 Doubles (5m)
2017-07-061260 Mixed Doubles
2017-07-031260 Julie McDonnell Doubles
2017-06-121320 Doubles (3m)
2017-04-201260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
2017-03-291260 Doubles
2017-03-201260 Plain Bob Minor
2017-02-081260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-01-141320 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-12-061320 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles
2016-07-211320 Doubles (3m)
2016-06-121260 Doubles
2016-04-161260 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-12-061320 St Nicholas Doubles
2015-09-181260 Plain Bob Minor
2015-09-141320 Doubles (5m)
2015-07-161260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
2015-07-021260 Grandsire Doubles
2015-02-261260 Grandsire Doubles
2015-02-011440 Plain Bob Minor
2014-11-291260 Mixed Doubles
2014-11-151260 Grandsire Doubles
2014-08-231260 Grandsire 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