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St Laurence in Thanet
 

St Laurence in Thanet, St Laurence


Photo: Dickon Love

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Prior to retuning)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 14-1-1916-0-646½" E 1911 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1997 Whitechapel
9 11-2-712-3-642½" F♯ 1911 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1997 Whitechapel
8 10-1-711-2-1540⅜" G♯ 1891 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1997 Whitechapel
7 8-1-109-3-138" A 1891 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1997 Whitechapel
6 6-2-97-2-1934½" B 1808 Thomas Mears & Son 1997 Whitechapel
5 5-3-136-3-032½" C♯ 1808 Thomas Mears & Son 1997 Whitechapel
4 5-1-176-0-2130½" D♯ 1911 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1997 Whitechapel
3 5-0-156-0-1329⅛" E 1891 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1997 Whitechapel
2 5-0-215-3-2728⅜" F♯ 1924 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1997 Whitechapel
Treble 4-2-105-0-2327" G♯ 1924 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1997 Whitechapel

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

The ring of five bells recorded by Hasted

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 5)1729Samuel KnightNeverRecast 1808
2nd (of 5)1724Samuel KnightNeverRecast 1808
3rd (of 5)1729Samuel KnightNeverRecast 1808
4th (of 5)1704Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1808
Tenor (of 5)1704Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1808

Augmented to six then eight

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)6-1-430⅝"1891Mears & StainbankNeverRecast 1911
2nd (of 8)1891Mears & StainbankNeverStill in the tower
3rd (of 8)1808Thomas Mears & SonNeverStill in the tower
4th (of 8)1808Thomas Mears & SonNeverStill in the tower
5th (of 8)1808Thomas Mears & SonNeverRecast 1891
6th (of 8)1808Thomas Mears & SonNeverRecast 1891
7th (of 8)13-1-843½"1808Thomas Mears & SonNeverRecast 1911
Tenor (of 8)17-0-2147"1808Thomas Mears & SonNeverRecast 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.

Gallery


The former tenor, 7th and 2nd (of 8) awaiting recasting by Mears and Stainbank in 1911.
Photo: David Cawley collection
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-08-065040 Plain Bob Triples
2016-05-015040 Swindon Surprise Royal
2015-12-305055 Stedman Caters
2013-08-105040 Grandsire Triples
2007-03-105000 London No.3 Surprise Royal
2005-10-155000 Bristol Surprise Royal
2004-11-205040 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-09-171260 Julie McDonnell Doubles
2017-08-081260 Grandsire Caters
2017-08-061380 Doubles (2m)
2017-06-151260 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles
2017-04-141260 Plain Bob Triples
2017-03-191260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-02-191260 Doubles (7m/V)
2017-01-191260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-01-071260 Grandsire Doubles
2016-11-191260 Julie McDonnell Bob Doubles
2016-11-061260 Stedman Doubles
2016-10-301260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-10-091260 Mixed Doubles
2016-08-101260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-06-191260 Doubles (1m,1v)
2016-06-051260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-06-031260 Mixed Doubles
2016-05-051260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-04-251260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-04-211260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-03-251260 Plain Bob Triples
2016-01-171260 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-12-131260 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-11-011260 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-10-221260 Plain Bob Triples
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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