Sittingbourne, St Michael
  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 19-0-6 in E
  • Grid Ref: TQ909636
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1897 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: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower (Felstead Database)

  • Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)

    (As restored 1897)

    (Prior to retuning in 1979)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    ® Treble 5-2-18 6-0-18 6-0-7 29¾" E 1897 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1979 John Taylor & Co
    ® 2 5-2-20 6-1-16 6-1-5 30½" D♯ 1897 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1979 John Taylor & Co
    ® 3 6-2-2 6-3-19 6-3-8 32½" C♯ 1687 James Bartlett, Whitechapel Removed 1979 John Taylor & Co
    ® 4 7-2-6 7-3-9 7-3-10 34" B 1687 James Bartlett, Whitechapel Removed 1979 John Taylor & Co
    ® 5 9-2-4 10-0-0 9-2-24 37½" A 1687 James Bartlett, Whitechapel Removed 1979 John Taylor & Co
    ® 6 10-2-10 11-0-0 10-3-27 40⅛" G♯ 1897 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1979 John Taylor & Co
    ® 7 14-0-6 14-3-18 14-1-20 43¾" F♯ 1687 James Bartlett, Whitechapel Removed 1979 John Taylor & Co
    ® Tenor 19-0-6 20-1-6 19-2-0 48¾" E 1687 James Bartlett, Whitechapel Removed 1979 John Taylor & Co

    ® - Hung for full circle ringing

    Bellframes

    Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
    Layout
    1 All bells 1897 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Oak 6.D
    8.3
    Inscriptions on the Bells

    Earlier bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Treble (of 8) 6-2-6 31" 1884 John Warner & Sons Never
    2nd (of 8) 6-1-16 31½" 1884 John Warner & Sons Never
    6th (of 8) 11-3-24 40½" 1687 John Warner & Sons Never
    History

    1687 6 bells were cast by James Bartlett from the old ring of 5.
    1884 2 trebles were added to make 8 byJohn Warner. The ringing room was moved from the ground floor to upstairs.
    1897 The 2 trebles and the 6th were recast by Mears & Stainbank following the restoration of the tower. All the bells were rehung in a new frame.
    1898 The restored bells were reopened.
    1934 Bells rehung by Alfred Bowell with new gudgeons and plain bearings. [1]
    1979 Bells retuned and rehung by John Taylor.

    [1] To supplying new gudgeons & bearings, bolting framework, and overhauling the fittings of the eight bells in Sittingbourne Church £100. Extra. To drilling out old crown staple of treble bell and fitting a new one £2. Total £102. Paid cq. 6 Dec 1934.' ('Bowell records, c. 1934)
    Old photos of the bells hanging on the wall


    The trebles, photographed in 1884.
    Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2017

    The trebles, photographed in 1884.
    Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2017

    The Bartlett back six photographed in the courtyard of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 1897.
    Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2017
    Peal boards

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1883

  • Jul 1883: 720 Grandsire Minor

  • Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1895

  • Jan 1895: 5040 Grandsire Triples

  • Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1938

  • Jan 1938: 5040 Stedman Triples

  • Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1896

  • Dec 1895: 5040 Grandsire Triples (1st half-muffled peal on the bells.)

  • Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1894

  • May 1894: 5040 Grandsire Triples

  • Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1886

  • Dec 1885: 5040 Grandsire Triples (In honour of a member of the St Michael's Society to whose efforts the restoration of these bells is greatly due. 1st peal by the Society.)

  • Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1884

  • Apr 1884: 720 Kent Treble Bob Minor

  • Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1883

  • Dec 1882: 720 Plain Bob Minor (The first recorded peal [sic] on the bells.)

  • Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

    Timber Performance Board dated approx.

  • : (Details unclear.)

  • Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1936

  • Mar 1936: 5040 Stedman Triples

  • Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1885

  • Dec 1884: 5040 Grandsire Triples (1st peal on the bells.)

  • Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

    Framed card Bell/Restoration Detail Board dated approx. 1897

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  • Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017


    Page updated: 1 April 2016