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Photo: Richard Offen, 2005

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 2-0-2420" C 1980 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
2 2-1-020½" B 1980 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
3 2-1-1621¼" A 1980 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
4 2-2-822¼" G 1980 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
5 3-0-1224¼" F 1980 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
6 3-2-025⅜" E 1980 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
7 4-2-1628" D 1980 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
Tenor 5-3-2631" C 1980 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

Prior to 1980 (scrapping weights)

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Supplied weight)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)3-3-123-3-1725¼"A1899Mears & StainbankNeverRecast 1980
2nd (of 8)4-0-204-0-2326¼"G♯1899Mears & StainbankNeverRecast 1980
3rd (of 8)5-0-85-0-1228⅛"F♯1766Lester & PackNeverRecast 1980
4th (of 8)5-2-125-3-430"E1766Lester & PackNeverRecast 1980
5th (of 8)5-3-85-3-1131⁹⁄₁₆"D1899Mears & StainbankNeverRecast 1980
6th (of 8)6-3-46-3-632¹⁵⁄₁₆"C♯1766Lester & PackNeverRecast 1980
7th (of 8)7-1-87-1-634⅞"B1899Mears & StainbankNeverRecast 1980
Tenor (of 8)9-3-29-3-538⅛"A1766Lester & PackNeverRecast 1980

Prior to 1899 (scrapping weights)

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Supplied in 1766)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
3rd (of 6)6-0-246-0-2432½"D1766Lester & PackNeverRecast 1899
5th (of 6)7-2-77-2-735"B1766Lester & PackNeverRecast 1899

Prior to 1766 (supplied weights)

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor (of 4)1657William HatchNeverRecast 1766

History

1638 This is the date on the old 4-bell frame. (The dated part was preserved when the bells were rehung in 1899.) There were 4 bells in the frame, at least 3 of which were mediaeval.
1657 Tenor (of 4) recast by William Hatch.
1760 Faussett records 4 bells in the tower: 3 pre-reformation bells with the William Hatch bell as the tenor. [1]
1766 Bells recast into a ring of 6 by Lester & Pack. The old second was swapped with the 4th (of 6) at Boughton under Blean as it was a better match. This bell was finally recast in 1775.
1899 The 3rd and the 5th which were cracked were recast and 2 trebles were added to make 8 bells by Mears & Stainbank. The bells retained their canons, those of the 1899 bells being of the Doncaster type. The remaining 1766 bells were tuned and all rehung in a new cast iron frame on a timber foundation. Ellacombe chiming apparatus was also installed.
1980 Bells recast into a lighter octave and rehung by Whitechapel. The frame was overhauled and the Ellacombe chiming apparatus was discarded.
[1] This Church consists of the Great, and 2 Side Chancells; the Body, and 2 Side Isles. The Tower stands in the Middle, between the Great Chancell, and the Body. In it hang 4 Bells thus inscribed: 1. Sancte Roberte, ora pro Nobis. 2. Sit Nomen Domini benedic (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1760)

Articles

  • "The Seal Mystery", Love, Dickon R (Lovesguide) 1 January 2000
  • Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2018-09-135184 Selling Surprise Major
    2018-02-225058 Glasgow Surprise Major
    2009-10-215056 Welford Surprise Major
    2005-03-085058 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
    2004-05-295152 Lessness Surprise Major
    2002-08-315024 Whalley Surprise Major
    1998-11-195040 Plain Bob Major
    1996-11-175058 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    1996-11-165088 Spliced Surprise Major
    1987-05-105152 Pudsey Surprise Major
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2018-09-111280 Kent Surprise Major
    2018-08-251344 Spliced Surprise Major (6m)
    2018-08-071264 Plain Bob Major
    2018-07-161260 Doubles (1p/2m)
    2018-06-291376 Superlative Surprise Major
    2018-04-281250 Spliced Surprise Major (3m)
    2017-10-121280 Ealing Surprise Major
    2017-08-091280 Bristol Surprise Major
    2017-08-051260 Bob Doubles
    2017-08-031280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2017-07-151250 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
    2017-04-201376 Worcestershire Surprise Major
    2017-03-181280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2016-05-281280 Spliced Surprise Major (3m: Rutland, Yorkshire, Cambridge)
    2015-11-281280 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
    2015-02-211280 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2012-11-011280 Oxford Treble Bob Major
    2011-08-071280 London Surprise Major
    2009-02-211280 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
    2009-01-021280 Rutland Surprise Major
    2008-08-301260 Reverse Grandsire Triples
    2008-02-131260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2007-08-071260 Erin Triples
    2003-07-051250 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
    2000-10-141280 Yorkshire Surprise 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