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Rochester, St Margaret


Photo: Dickon Love

Details of the Bells

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

Articles

  • "St Margaret, Rochester, Kent", Nash, Mrs C M (The Ringing World) 28 July 1972
  • " Rochester's 'New' 8 - 30 years of silence", Jones, Neil W (The Ringing World) 21 April 2006
  • "Rochester St Margaret - End of 30 Years of Silence", Jones, Neill W (The Ringing World and Lovesguide) 21 April 2006
  • 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.
    2018-09-101316 Rochester Alliance Major
    2018-01-171287 Grandsire Triples
    2017-08-241376 Blackdown Delight Major
    2017-08-191372 Aberdare St Elvan Place Triples
    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)
    Full list of peals here
    Full list of quarters here

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