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Petham
 

Petham, All Saints


Photo: Richard Offen

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 6-1-033" B♭ 1923 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
5 5-2-630¼" C 1923 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
4 4-1-1628" D 1923 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
3 4-1-027½" E♭ 1923 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
2 3-3-025½" F 1923 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
Treble 3-1-524" G 1923 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
Clock 3 cwt approx.24" 1907 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

The 1760 ring of six

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble3-3-125"1760Lester & Pack"Up a little"Destroyed 1922
24-1-626¼"1760Lester & Pack"Up ¼"Destroyed 1922
34-2-1628"1760Lester & Pack"Maiden bell"Destroyed 1922
44-3-1129"1760Lester & Pack"Up a little"Destroyed 1922
55-3-231"1760Lester & Pack"Maiden bell"Destroyed 1922
Tenor6-3-633½"1760Lester & Pack"Maiden bell"Destroyed 1922

The earlier ring of three

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 3)1706Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1760
2nd (of 3)1617Joseph HatchNeverRecast 1760
Tenor (of 3)UnknownUnknownNeverLombardic. Recast 1760.

History

c 1350 Bell cast, later forming the tenor of a ring of 3.
1617 Middle bell (of 3) cast by Joseph Hatch.
1706 Treble (of 3) cast by Richard Phelps.
1756 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1760 The 3 bells were recast into a peal of 6 by Lester & Pack.
1907 A bell was cast for Kenfield Hall. This was destined to become the clock bell after the 1922 fire.
1922 Fire virtually destroyed the church and melted the bells.
1923 A new ring of 6 was cast by Mears & Stainbank and hung in a new locally made wooden frame.
1967 Whitechapel tightened the frame and fittings and recharged the bearings with lubricant.
1979 Curtains were made to shroud the ground floor ringing room from the rest of the church, by Mrs Cynthia Andrews.
1994 Bells rehung with partly new fittings by the Kent C.A.
[1] In ye *Tower, wch. Is low, and much decay’d, hang 3 Bells, with ye following Inscriptions. 1. Richard Phelps Fecit Me. 1706. Thomas Halke. C.W. 2. Josephus Hatch Feset 1617. 3, Vocor Campana Johannis. (Added in blacker ink). *A.D. 1760. This Tower was tak (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1756)

Gallery


In the belfry.
Photo:

The clock bell hanging from the belfry ceiling.
Photo: Dickon Love, c. 1986


Photo: Dickon Love, c. 1986

The intermediate chamber and clock mechanism.
Photo: Dickon Love, 2013

The ground floor ringing room is opened on two sides.
Photo: Dickon Love, 2013


Photo: Dickon Love, 2013
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2007-06-305040 Doubles (9m/12v)
1978-02-115040 Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-12-241260 Plain Bob Minor
2016-10-021260 Doubles (5mp)
2016-06-051260 Doubles (4mp)
2016-05-011260 Doubles (11mv)
2016-03-101272 Norwich Surprise Minor
2015-12-241260 Plain Bob Minor
2015-08-011260 Plain Bob Minor
2015-07-051260 Doubles (11mvp)
2015-05-231260 Doubles (6 M V)
2015-05-111320 Norwich Surprise Minor
2015-05-031260 Plain Bob Minor
2015-03-221289 Doubles (11mv)
2015-02-221260 Stedman Doubles
2015-01-251260 Grandsire Doubles
2014-09-061260 Doubles (8MVP)
2014-06-281260 Doubles (5M)
2014-06-221272 Plain Bob Minor
2014-06-021300 Doubles (8 MP)
2014-03-231260 Doubles (4mp)
2014-02-221440 Spliced Plain Minor (2m)
2013-11-241260 Doubles
2013-10-301284 Plain Bob Minor
2013-09-221260 Doubles (3M)
2013-07-271260 Grandsire Doubles, Plain Bob Doubles
2013-06-301260 Plain Bob Minor
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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