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Sittingbourne
 

Sittingbourne, St Michael


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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As restored 1897)
Weight
(Prior to retuning in 1979)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 19-0-620-1-619-2-048¾" E 1687 James Bartlett, Whitechapel 1979 John Taylor & Co
7 14-0-614-3-1814-1-2043¾" F♯ 1687 James Bartlett, Whitechapel 1979 John Taylor & Co
6 10-2-1011-0-010-3-2740⅛" G♯ 1897 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1979 John Taylor & Co
5 9-2-410-0-09-2-2437½" A 1687 James Bartlett, Whitechapel 1979 John Taylor & Co
4 7-2-67-3-97-3-1034" B 1687 James Bartlett, Whitechapel 1979 John Taylor & Co
3 6-2-26-3-196-3-832½" C♯ 1687 James Bartlett, Whitechapel 1979 John Taylor & Co
2 5-2-206-1-166-1-530½" D♯ 1897 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1979 John Taylor & Co
Treble 5-2-186-0-186-0-729¾" E 1897 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1979 John Taylor & Co

Inscriptions

Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)6-2-631"1884John Warner & SonsNever
2nd (of 8)6-1-1631½"1884John Warner & SonsNever
6th (of 8)11-3-2440½"1687John Warner & SonsNever

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)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2013-08-105024 Lessness Surprise Major
2005-01-025056 Cornwall Surprise Major
1988-03-125024 Spliced Surprise Major
1927-12-275024 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-04-191312 Deva Surprise Major
2016-02-151260 Grandsire Triples
2016-01-231250 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2014-12-311260 Grandsire Triples
2014-11-111260 Grandsire Triples
2013-06-081260 Grandsire Triples
2011-11-231287 Grandsire Triples
2011-08-111250 Superlative Surprise Major
2007-06-111280 Spliced Surprise Major (5 Methods)
2005-02-191280 Superlative 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