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Rainham, St Margaret


Photo: Christmas card from Tim and Diana Wraight!

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 18-0-20
  • Grid Ref: TQ817658
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1913 John Taylor & Co.
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
® Treble 4-3-1728" E♭ 1913 John Taylor & Co., LoughboroughNever
® 2 5-1-029" D 1913 John Taylor & Co., LoughboroughNever
® 3 6-0-1532⅝" C 1685 Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel1913 John Taylor & Co
® 4 6-1-1833⅞" B♭ 1601 Robert Mot, Whitechapel1913 John Taylor & Co
® 5 8-0-1436" A♭ 1601 Robert Mot, Whitechapel1913 John Taylor & Co
® 6 11-3-040⅜" G 1618 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent1913 John Taylor & Co
® 7 16-0-645⁷⁄₁₆" F 1773 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel1913 John Taylor & Co
® Tenor 18-0-2049" E♭ 1582 Robert Mot, Whitechapel1913 John Taylor & Co

® Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

Prior to 1731

Bell DateFounderFate
5th of 61731UnknownRecast 1773

History

1517 -19 Tenor rehung.
1565 -6 Bells rehung.
1582 Present tenor cast.
1593 Work took place on the clock and the bells.
1601 Present 4th and 5th cast.
1618 Present 6th cast.
1685 Treble (of 6) recast or added by Christopher Hodson.
1731 The 5th (of 6) was recast at a cost of £23 11s. 6d.
1740 Record of 5 days paid ringing while the King was on the road.
1745 27th April The ringers were paid for ringing for the Duke of Cumberland's complete victory over the rebels.
1747 The ringers were paid for ringing for the King of Prussia's victory over the French.
1759 The ringers were paid for ringing for the King of Prussia's victory over the French.
1761 29th May The ringers were paid for ringing for the King's Coronation.
1773 5th (of 6) recast by Pack & Chapman.
1841 The 6 bells were rehung by John Stedman.
1913 Bells rehung in a new frame and 2 trebles added to make 8 by John Taylor. They were dedicated on 20th July.
1982 Some bells were rehung on ball bearings by John Taylor.

Gallery


The tenor outside the church in 1913.
Photo: Paul C Johnson

All 8 bells in 1913.
Photo: Paul C Johnson
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-09-145040 Grandsire Triples
2017-11-185024 Uxbridge Surprise Major
2017-06-105024 Medway Surprise Major
2015-07-185050 Spliced Major (2 methods)
2013-10-295040 Grandsire Triples
2011-11-125088 Medway Surprise Major
2010-11-015058 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2010-07-175040 Grandsire Triples
2010-05-225040 Grandsire Triples
2008-11-085040 Grandsire Triples
2008-07-195088 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
2007-12-285024 Cambridge Surprise Major
2006-12-285056 Spliced Surprise Major
2006-11-115040 Grandsire Triples
2005-01-225088 The Rainham End Delight Major
2004-04-175024 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2002-12-145040 Doubles
2002-11-095040 Grandsire Triples
2002-03-095056 Bristol Surprise Major
1997-02-085088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
1989-12-025088 Rutland Surprise Major
1989-09-165088 Superlative Surprise Major
1988-07-165024 Rutland Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-03-161280 London Surprise Major
2020-01-181280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2019-11-111260 Grandsire Triples
2019-10-211312 Bristol Surprise Major
2019-08-031260 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-07-131272 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2019-07-011280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2018-10-271260 Grandsire Triples
2018-09-101296 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2018-07-211260 Grandsire Triples
2018-04-211260 Grandsire Triples
2018-04-071260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-01-151280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2017-12-271260 Grandsire Triples
2017-12-271260 Grandsire Triples
2017-11-111260 Grandsire Triples
2017-10-301260 Grandsire Triples
2017-07-241344 Cambridge Surprise Major
2017-04-241260 Grandsire Triples
2017-02-181260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-02-061280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2016-12-281260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-03-141260 Plain Bob Triples
2016-01-191314 Spliced Surprise Major (2m)
2015-11-071260 Grandsire Triples
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Rainham, War Office
Single bell (continued existance unknown)


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