St Laurence in Thanet, St Laurence

Photo: Dickon Love

  • 10 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 14-1-19 in E
  • Grid Ref: TR370653
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1924 Mears & Stainbank
  • Denomination: Church of England
  • Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower (Felstead Database)

  • Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)

    (Prior to retuning)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    ® Treble 4-2-10 5-0-23 27" G♯ 1924 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat 1997 Whitechapel
    ® 2 5-0-21 5-3-27 28⅜" F♯ 1924 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat 1997 Whitechapel
    ® 3 5-0-15 6-0-13 29⅛" E 1891 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1997 Whitechapel
    ® 4 5-1-1 6-0-21 30½" D♯ 1911 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1997 Whitechapel
    ® 5 5-3-13 6-3-0 32½" C♯ 1808 Thomas Mears & Son Removed 1997 Whitechapel
    ® 6 6-2-9 7-2-19 34½" B 1808 Thomas Mears & Son Removed 1997 Whitechapel
    ® 7 8-1-10 9-3-1 38" A 1891 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1997 Whitechapel
    ® 8 10-1-7 11-2-15 40⅜" G♯ 1891 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1997 Whitechapel
    ® 9 11-2-7 12-3-6 42½" F♯ 1911 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1997 Whitechapel
    ® Tenor 14-1-19 16-0-6 46½" E 1911 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1997 Whitechapel

    ® - Hung for full circle ringing

    Bellframes

    Position Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
    Layout
    Lower tier 1 1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 1924 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Metal 8.3
    Upper tier 2 2,3 1924 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Cast iron 8.3.A.h
    2
    Inscriptions on the Bells

    How the bells are tuned

    The ring of five bells recorded by Hasted

    Bell Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Treble (of 5) 1729 Samuel Knight Never Recast 1808
    2nd (of 5) 1724 Samuel Knight Never Recast 1808
    3rd (of 5) 1729 Samuel Knight Never Recast 1808
    4th (of 5) 1704 Richard Phelps Never Recast 1808
    Tenor (of 5) 1704 Richard Phelps Never Recast 1808
    Augmented to six then eight

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Treble (of 8) 6-1-4 30⅝" 1891 Mears & Stainbank Never Recast 1911
    2nd (of 8) 1891 Mears & Stainbank Never Still in the tower
    3rd (of 8) 1808 Thomas Mears & Son Never Still in the tower
    4th (of 8) 1808 Thomas Mears & Son Never Still in the tower
    5th (of 8) 1808 Thomas Mears & Son Never Recast 1891
    6th (of 8) 1808 Thomas Mears & Son Never Recast 1891
    7th (of 8) 13-1-8 43½" 1808 Thomas Mears & Son Never Recast 1911
    Tenor (of 8) 17-0-21 47" 1808 Thomas Mears & Son Never Recast 1911
    History

    1615 Record of 5 bells (some maybe dating back to the 12th Cent.).
    1704 The 5 bells were recast by Richard Phelps.
    1724 2nd (of 5) recast by Samuel Knight.
    1729 Treble and 3rd (of 5) recast by Samuel Knight.
    1808 Bells recast into a ring of 6 by Thomas Mears.
    1891 3rd and 4th (of 6) recast and 2 trebles added to make 8 by Mears & Stainbank. All 8 bells were hung by S. Snelling. The bells were dedicated by the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral on 1st May.
    1911 2nd and 7th (of 8) recast and bells rehung.
    1924 2 bells added (named "Peace" and "Remembrance") by Mears & Stainbank to make 10, and all the bells were rehung in a new frame.
    1997 Bells retuned and rehung in the existing frame.

    Literary collection

  • "A decade's dreams fulfilled", Author unknown (The Ringing World) 10 April 1998
  • Gallery


    The former tenor, 7th and 2nd (of 8) awaiting recasting by Mears and Stainbank in 1911.
    Photo: David Cawley collection

    The 8 bells on their return from Whitechapel in 1911.
    Photo: David Cawley collection

    Page updated: 19 August 2018