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Sheldwich
 

Sheldwich, St James


Photo: Richard Offen, 2011

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 2-2-622" A 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
2 2-2-2422½" G♯ 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
3 2-3-2323⅝" F♯ 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
4 3-0-2324¾" E 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
5 3-0-1726⅝" D 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
6 4-1-1928" C♯ 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
7 5-2-1931" B 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
Tenor 7-0-2634" A 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never

Inscriptions

Original ring of 6

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble5-1-529¼"1801Thomas Mears IINeverCast weight given. Recast 1865.
2nd5-3-1830½"1801Thomas Mears IINeverCast weight given. Recast 1867.
3rd6-3-1832¾"1801Thomas Mears IINeverCast weight given. Maiden bell. Recast 1998.
4th7-2-834"1801Thomas Mears IINeverCast weight given. Maiden bell. Recast 1998.
5th8-3-1137½"1801Thomas Mears IINeverCast weight given. Recast 1998.
Tenor12-3-1542"1801Thomas Mears IINeverCast weight given. Maiden bell. Recast 1998.

History

1801 Ring of 6 cast by Thomas Mears and hung in a new frame.
1865 Treble (of 6) recast by John Warner.
1867 2nd (of 6) recast by John Warner.
1906 A failure in the tower (possibly during a wedding) rendered the bells unringable. (Local tradition says that the bells were rung while the Ellacombe chimes were still on.)
1984 Whitechapel reported that the 3rd, 4th and tenor were broken, and of the remaining 3, only one was "of fair tonal quality".
1997 The parish was advised that a grant from the Millenium Commission had been approved on 6 Dec. and the bells were removed from the tower on 29-30th Dec.
1998 The old bell frame removed from the tower on 24th Jan and sent to Adisham church on 16th Feb for £2,500. A new ring of 8 was cast at Whitechapel. The former treble and second were tuned and sent to Alderton, Wilts (treble of 6) and Gringley on the Hill, Notts (as 2nd of 6). The other bells were scrapped.The new bells were hung in a new frame from 27th April and dedicated by R't Rev'd David Say, former Bishop of Rochester and Assistant Bishop in the Canterbury Diocese on 11th July.

Articles

  • "Return to Ringing", Evans, Paul (The Ringing World) 13 August 1999
  • Gallery

    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-04-255152 Cooktown Orchid Delight Major
    2017-10-245040 Minor (3m)
    2017-07-015024 Oxford Treble Bob Major
    2017-04-085024 Bristol Surprise Major
    2014-06-215120 Spliced Surprise Major
    2014-05-245056 Bristol Surprise Major
    2014-02-245090 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2014-01-115152 Worthington Surprise Major
    2013-12-305120 Bristol Surprise Major
    2013-10-165088 Lessness Surprise Major
    2011-12-315024 Rutland Surprise Major
    2011-12-135152 Glasgow Surprise Major
    2011-07-135088 Uxbridge Surprise Major
    2010-07-105024 Darlington Surprise Major
    2010-05-045088 Spliced Surprise Major
    2010-04-035056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2010-03-175088 Versailles Surprise Major
    2010-02-245088 Ullesthorpe Surprise Major
    2009-12-135040 Grandsire Triples
    2009-11-285056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2009-10-135088 Bristol Surprise Major
    2009-08-195152 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2009-07-155152 Pudsey Surprise Major
    2009-06-175088 London Surprise Major
    2008-12-315024 Spliced Surprise Major (6m)
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-12-131280 Spliced Treble Dodging Major
    2019-11-011440 Double Oxford Bob Minor
    2019-09-161280 London Surprise Major
    2019-08-021260 St Simon's Bob Doubles
    2019-07-061280 Superlative Surprise Major
    2019-06-281250 Turramurra Surprise Major
    2019-06-271280 Dereham Surprise Major
    2019-05-301260 Grandsire Doubles
    2019-04-061280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2019-03-291260 Grandsire Triples
    2019-02-221500 Doubles (2m)
    2019-02-101272 Higgledy Piggledy Minimus
    2019-01-051440 Spliced Surprise Minor (4m)
    2018-10-221260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2018-09-121260 Grandsire Triples
    2018-09-111250 Thanet Surprise Major
    2018-09-031260 Mixed Doubles (3p, 8m)
    2018-08-291250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2018-08-161312 Cassiobury Surprise Major
    2018-08-151260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2018-07-281280 Spliced Surprise Major (5m)
    2018-06-231260 Spliced Triples
    2018-05-071260 Doubles (1p/4m)
    2018-04-281260 Grandsire Triples
    2018-04-111440 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    Full list of peals on Bellboard here
    Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

    Elsewhere in the Parish

    Sheldwich, Sheldwich Court
    Single bell

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