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Sidcup, St John the Evangelist


Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
(As supplied 1843)
(As received 1950)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 3-3-154-1-94-0-225" F♯ 1843 Thomas Mears II 1950 Mears & Stainbank
2 4-3-35-0-54-3-2128½" E 1843 Thomas Mears II 1950 Mears & Stainbank
3 4-3-215-0-105-0-130" D 1843 Thomas Mears II 1950 Mears & Stainbank
4 6-2-06-1-255-2-431⅝" C♯ 1843 Thomas Mears II 1950 Mears & Stainbank
5 6-3-176-3-1733¾" B 1901 John Warner & Sons 1950 Mears & Stainbank
Tenor 8-3-249-0-1937½" A 1901 John Warner & Sons 1950 Mears & Stainbank


Prior to 1901 (supplied weights)

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
56-3-11843Thomas Mears IINeverRecast 1901
Tenor9-0-191843Thomas Mears IINeverRecast 1901


1841 1st church built. It had twin towers.
1843 12th Oct. 4 bells were cast at Whitechapel, invoiced on this day. These formed the back 4 of a future ring of 6. The 2 trebles were cast a 3 months later. Parish created from St Nicholas, Chislehurst.
1844 13th Jan. The 2 treble bells were invoiced at Whitechapel.
1887 In his book "Church Bells of Kent", Stahlschmidt recorded 6 bells: 1 and 2 by C & G Mears dated 1844 with the remainder by Thomas Mears 1839. This is surely an error!
1898 Everything except the sanctuary was demolished.
1899 -1901 Present church built by 1899-1901 by Fellowes Prynne - it used to have two towers although one was demolished to extend the church.
1901 The back 2 bells were recast by John Warner, and all the bells were rehung in a new frame. The new nave in the church was dedicated on 13th July.
1950 Bells retuned and rehung by Whitechapel.
c 1973 In the early 1970s, an appeal was launched to rehang the bells and augment them to 8. This plan was never fully realised.
1974 Bells rehung with new fittings in the existing frame by John Taylor & Co. Queen Mary's Hospital chapel in Sidcup closed. Peter Dale, Tower Captain of the time writes: "The late Revd Stanley Allen was vicar at the time and he went to the site to negotiate the bell's rescue. The contractor refused to let him have it as he'd allowed for the scrap value in his budget. In the event he kept it for himself and installed it in the turret over his stables, but no sooner had he done so than the building was struck by lightening. That rather gave him the jitters so he pleaded with Stanley to take the bell away." The bell was hung in a new timber frame constructed and donated by local ringer and builder, Bill Belsham.

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-01-185040 Minor (7m)
2018-10-275040 Minor (14m)
2018-04-015040 Minor
2014-06-135040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2014-02-225040 Surprise Minor
2007-10-275040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2007-04-215040 Surprise Minor
2004-10-095040 Minor (5m)
1990-12-275040 Minor
1986-12-275040 Surprise Minor
1982-09-035040 Minor (4 methods)
1981-08-215040 Minor (4m)
1980-12-275040 Minor (5 methods)
1980-10-145040 Minor (7 methods)
1980-06-285040 Minor (6 methods)
1976-09-115040 Minor
1976-07-035040 Minor (3 Methods)
1976-04-255040 Minor (4 Methods)
1975-12-275040 Minor (2 Methods)
1975-09-135040 Plain Bob Minor
1970-04-045040 Plain Bob Minor
1906-11-285040 Minor
1904-02-125040 Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-02-171260 Original Singles
2020-02-081260 Minor (2m)
2019-11-301440 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2019-09-301260 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-09-141260 Plain Bob Minor
2019-06-081260 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-04-201260 Doubles
2019-03-021272 Norwich Surprise Minor
2019-02-091260 Doubles
2019-01-191296 Minor
2019-01-011272 Minimus
2018-12-011260 St Nicholas Bob Doubles
2018-09-221260 Doubles
2018-09-011260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-08-271260 Doubles
2018-08-271440 Grandsire Minor
2018-07-041260 Plain Hunt Singles
2018-07-011260 Plain Bob Minor
2018-06-091260 Doubles
2018-05-291260 St John The Evangelist Doubles
2018-05-191260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-02-051260 Doubles
2017-11-111296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2017-09-091260 Doubles
2017-04-221260 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