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Smarden
 

Smarden, St Michael


Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 18-1-2146⅛" E 1922 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Never
5 13-1-2141¹⁄₁₆" F♯ 1922 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Never
4 9-3-2136⅞" G♯ 1922 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Never
3 7-2-1934⅛" A 1922 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Never
2 6-2-031¹⁵⁄₁₆" B 1922 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Never
Treble 6-0-530" C♯ 1922 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Never

Inscriptions

Prior to 1921

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble7-2-034"1760Lester & PackNever
2nd9-0-037"1769Pack & ChapmanNever
3rd10-0-639"1601Robert MotNever
4th12-0-843"1729Richard PhelpsNever
Tenor20-0-1448"1760Lester & PackNever

History

1464 William Matteras gave 5 marks towards a new bell. William Marlar gave 13s. 4d. to the new belfry.
1498 John Skinner left 12d. to the belfry.
1546 A new bell was cast.
1552 Record of 4 bells. [1]
1601 A bell was cast by Robert Mot (3rd of 5). Others may have been recast at the time.
1609 A bell was recast.
1729 4th (of 5) recast by Richard Phelps.
1760 Treble and tenor (of 5) recast by Lester & Pack.
1769 2nd (of 5) recast by Pack & Chapman.
1922 Bells recast into a new ring of 6 by Alfred Bowell. [2]
2004 Bells rehung on ball bearings by Hayward Mills Associates.
[1] Item v bellys and a saunc' bell. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] 1922 May: To recasting and rehanging the bells £300. Extra metal added, fixing floor under bell frame and fixing clock hammer £25. Total £325. Paid cq. on a/c £50. cq on a/c £200. cq on a/c £65 13 July 1922. cq £10 2 Feb 1923. 1933 9 Nov: Set of 12 muffle (Bowell records)

Gallery


The tenor on the tuning machine at Alfred Bowell's foundry in Ipswich.
Photo: Bowell records
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2014-11-205040 Surprise Minor
2007-03-175040 Surprise Minor
2007-01-275040 Plain Bob Minor
2003-02-155040 Surprise Minor (7m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-07-261260 Multi-Doubles
2017-07-191260 Mult-Doubles
2017-07-081272 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2017-06-211260 Multi-Doubles
2017-06-031260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
2016-12-141260 Multi-Doubles
2016-12-111260 Multi-Doubles
2016-08-171260 Multi-Doubles
2016-06-151260 Multi-Doubles
2016-06-121260 Doubles (3m)
2016-06-081260 Doubles (3m)
2016-02-081296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-01-201260 Doubles (6m)
2015-12-131260 Doubles (5m)
2015-11-291260 Doubles (3m)
2015-11-081260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
2015-07-121260 Plain Bob Minor
2014-11-091260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
2013-11-101260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
2013-11-021296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2012-12-091260 Grandsire and Plain Bob Doubles
2012-11-111260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
2012-09-091350 Norwich Surprise Minor
2012-07-081260 Plain Bob Doubles
2012-06-041296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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