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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
Tenor 7-0-2634" A 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
7 5-2-1931" B 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
6 4-1-1928" C♯ 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
5 3-0-1726⅝" D 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
4 3-0-2324¾" E 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
3 2-3-2323⅝" F♯ 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
2 2-2-2422½" G♯ 1998 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
Treble 2-2-622" 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, N

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
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)
2008-08-305184 Lessness Surprise Major
2008-03-295040 Plain Bob Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-10-211260 Grandsire Triples
2017-10-081280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2017-08-211296 London Surprise Minor
2017-08-191312 Isla Surprise Major
2017-08-051260 Bob Doubles
2017-07-281260 St Simon's Bob Doubles
2017-07-151344 Rutland Surprise Major
2017-05-011260 Doubles (11m/p)
2017-04-241260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-04-201280 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
2017-03-181250 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
2017-02-221280 Yelling Delight Major
2016-08-071280 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-05-281250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2016-04-161250 Cambridge Surprise Major
2016-02-191260 Grandsire Triples
2015-11-281280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2015-11-031312 Malpas Surprise Major
2015-07-141260 Stedman Doubles
2015-05-111280 St Clement's Bob Major
2015-02-211250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2014-09-011250 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2014-08-121260 All Saints Doubles
2014-05-031260 Grandsire Doubles
2013-11-141260 Doubles (2 methods)
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Sheldwich, Sheldwich Court
Single bell

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