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Rodmersham, St Nicholas


Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 9½ cwt approx. in G.
  • Grid Ref: TQ925618
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1893 Mears & Stainbank, made of timber
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • 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 Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 5-1-628½" E 1893 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
® 2 5-3-1730⅞" D 1893 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
® 3 6-1-231⅛" C 1893 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
® 4 6½ cwt approx33" B William Burford, Aldgate Removed Never
® 5 8¾ cwt approx36" A 1633 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Never
® Tenor 9½ cwt approx36¾" G 1657 John Darbie, Ipswich Conventional Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

Earlier tenor

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterNoteDateFounderRetunedFate
Tenor (of 4)10-3-241"F♯1620John WilnarNeverRecast into 3 trebles in 1893

History

1371 -92 Bell cast by William Burford, destined to become the treble of 4.
1620 Tenor (of 4) cast by John Wilnar.
1633 2nd (of 4) recast by John Wilnar.
1657 3rd (of 4) recast by John Darbie.
1893 The bells were 1-4 of a diatonic 6. The tenor was scrapped and 3 trebles were cast on 24th June to augment the ring to a diatonic 6.
1896 Band expressed a wish to augment the bell to 8. This never happened.
1930 Bells rehung by Alfred Bowell. [1]
1955 -61 Bells silent due to no band.
1966 Bells rehung by Mears & Stainbank in the old frame.
1988 Bells silent while the tower stonework was being restored.
1992 Tower work completed and the bells were rung again.
[1] To overhauling & rehanging the six bells £65. Paid cq on a/c 29 Dec 1930. cq £10 3 Sept 1931. (Bowell Records, 15 Dec, 1930)

Gallery



Photo: Alexander Runting, 8 Oct 2017


Photo: Alexander Runting, 8 Oct 2017


Photo: Alexander Runting, 8 Oct 2017


Photo: Alexander Runting, 8 Oct 2017


Photo: Alexander Runting, 8 Oct 2017


Photo: Alexander Runting, 8 Oct 2017

The ringing room.
Photo: Alexander Runting, 8 Oct 2017

Peal Boards

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1895
16 Aug 1894: 720 Plain Bob Minor (1st "peal" by the local band.)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1895
28 Mar 1895: 720 Kent TB Minor (1st "peal" in the method by the local band.)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1895
31 Mar 1895: 720 Canterbury Pleasure Minor (1st "peal" in the method by the local band.)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1895
01 May 1895: 5040 Plain Bob Minor (1st 5040 on the bells.)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1895
23 Jun 1895: 720 Oxford TB Minor

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1896
03 Dec 1895: 5040 Minor (3m)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1896
09 Feb 1896: 720 Superlative S Minor (1st on the bells in the method.)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1896
26 Mar 1896: 720 Grandsire Minor
12 Apr 1896: 720 Oxford Single Bob Minor
16 Apr 1896: 720 College Single Minor

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1896
31 May 1896: 720 Cambridge S Minor

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1897
13 Mar 1897: 5040 Minor (7m) (1st peal in seven methods on the bells.)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1897
08 May 1897: 720 Double Oxford Bob Minor (1st on the bells in the method.)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Timber Performance Board dated 1994
14 Nov 1993: 5040 Rodmersham S Minor (Following the restoration of the tower, on the centenary of augmenting to six.)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1897
26 Feb 1910: 5040 Minor (7m) (Quickest peal on the bells.)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1910
27 Jan 1907: 5040 Minor (4m)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Timber Bell/Restoration Detail Board dated approx. 1907

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Framed card Bell/Restoration Detail Board dated approx.

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Framed card Bell/Restoration Detail Board dated

Photo: Dickon R Love, 16 November 2018

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-10-115040 Surprise Minor
2011-06-185040 Surprise Minor
1996-09-155040 Surprise Minor
1982-01-305040 Minor
1979-03-105040 Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-02-161290 Doubles (2m)
2020-02-101272 London Surprise Minor
2020-02-021272 Minimus (2m)
2019-11-161260 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-09-061320 Beverley Surprise Minor
2019-05-031440 Bourne Surprise Minor
2018-10-071260 Doubles (4m/1v)
2018-09-141260 Grandsire Doubles
2018-09-091296 Rodmersham Surprise Minor
2018-08-151272 Plain Bob Minimus
2018-07-211272 Plain Bob Minimus
2018-04-141260 Plain Bob Minor
2018-01-291296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2018-01-071296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2017-12-051260 St Nicholas Bob Doubles
2017-11-271260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-11-041260 St Nicholas Bob Doubles
2017-07-201320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2016-11-091260 Grandsire Doubles
2016-10-021260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-05-141260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-02-062520 Plain Bob Minor
2015-11-281260 Plain Bob Doubles
2014-07-261272 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2014-04-051260 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here


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