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Rochester
 

Rochester, St Margaret


Photo: Dickon Love

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Weighed in 1896)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 9-2-810-3-940" G♭ 1884 John Warner & Sons 2005 Whitechapel
7 8-0-118-2-336" A♭ 1624 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 2005 Whitechapel
6 6-1-36-3-033½" B♭ 1621 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 2005 Whitechapel
5 5-1-205-3-2131⅝" C♭ 1790 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel 2005 Whitechapel
4 4-1-214-3-829" D♭ 1884 John Warner & Sons 2005 Whitechapel
3 3-3-184-2-1428" E♭ 1790 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel 2005 Whitechapel
2 4-0-244-0-326⅜" F 1896 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 2005 Whitechapel
Treble 3-2-214-0-125" G♭ 1896 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 2005 Whitechapel

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

Earlier bell

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 5)1761Lester & PackNeverRecast 1884
Tenor (of 5)1761Lester & PackNeverRecast 1884

History

1458 - 65 Tower built.
1552 Record of 5 bells. [1]
1621 3rd (of 5) recast by Joseph Hatch.
1624 4th (of 5) recast by Joseph Hatch.
1761 Treble and tenor (of 5) recast by Lester & Pack.
1790 2nd (of 5) recast by Thomas Mears and treble added to make 6.
1823 Church demolished, except for the tower, and rebuilt.
1843 -4 Bell rehung by John Stedman.
1884 2nd and tenor (of 6) recast by John Warner.
1896 2 trebles added by John Taylor to make 8. The bells were rehung in the anticlockwise timber frame.
1960 A new ringing floor was built for the bell chamber.
1962 Ringing resumed after a short silence owing to their awkwardness.
1974 Bells declared unsafe and all ringing stopped.
2005 3rd Sept The bells and frame were removed from the tower by the KCACR. They were retuned at Whitechapel.
2006 The bells were rehung in the tower in a new clockwise frame by Whitechapel.
[1] Item in the steple v smawlle bells one lacking the clapper. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)

Gallery


4th
Photo: Dickon Love, 30 Dec 2011

Treble
Photo: Dickon Love, 30 Dec 2011


Photo: Dickon Love, 30 Dec 2011

2nd
Photo: Dickon Love, 30 Dec 2011

Treble
Photo: Dickon Love, 30 Dec 2011

3rd
Photo: Dickon Love, 30 Dec 2011

4th
Photo: Dickon Love, 30 Dec 2011

5th
Photo: Dickon Love, 30 Dec 2011

6th
Photo: Dickon Love, 30 Dec 2011
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-03-025152 Spliced Surprise Major
2011-12-305024 Bristol Surprise Major
2010-07-185040 Plain Bob Minor
2008-10-195088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2007-12-065024 Bristol Surprise Major
2007-09-305040 Grandsire Triples
2006-04-165024 Spliced Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-07-021280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2017-02-051280 Rutland Surprise Major
2016-11-261287 Grandsire Triples
2016-04-161264 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2014-07-291260 Grandsire Triples
2014-02-011260 Grandsire Triples
2013-11-101260 Grandsire Doubles
2011-11-041287 Spliced Triples (3 Methods)
2010-08-091280 Lincoln Surprise Major
2010-06-121280 Superlative Surprise Major
2010-03-271296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2009-10-041280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2009-05-031280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2008-10-051296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2008-05-181280 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2008-03-161260 Stedman Doubles
2008-02-171280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2008-01-201287 Grandsire Triples
2007-11-161260 Grandsire Doubles
2007-10-211280 Superlative Surprise Major
2007-07-151260 Doubles (1p,2m)
2007-06-031344 Plain Bob Major
2007-05-201260 Grandsire Triples
2006-12-021287 Grandsire Triples
2006-05-211264 Plain Bob Major
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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