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St Nicholas at Wade
 

St Nicholas at Wade, St Nicholas


Photo: Richard Offen, 2005

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 19 cwt approx. in E.
  • Grid Ref: TR265666
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • 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

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 6-0-6 C♯ 1922 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat Never
® 2 8 cwt approx. B 1625 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Removed Never
® 3 10 cwt approx. A 1615 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Removed Never
® 4 10-0-9 G♯ 1922 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Flat Never
® 5 15 cwt approx. F♯ 1615 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Removed Never
® Tenor 19 cwt approx. E 1692 John Hodson, Whitechapel Removed Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Bellframes

Position
Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
Layout
Single level 1 1,3,4,5,6 Timber
5.12R
Single level 1.1 2 1923 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich
1

How the bells are tuned

Earlier bell

Bell DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
3rd (of 5)40"1807Thomas Mears IINeverRecast 1922

History

1294 Parish formed out of the vast ancient parish of Reculver. It stands at one of the few points where the old Isle of Thanet could be forded.
1615 Present 3rd and 5th cast.
1625 Present 2nd cast.
1692 Present tenor cast.
1793 Record of 5 bells in the tower (Cozens). [1]
1807 3rd (of 5) recast by Thomas Mears.
1923 Bells rehung, 3rd (of 5) recast and treble added to make 6 by Alfred Bowell. [2]
1956 New ringing room floor put in.
1982 Frame foundation strengthened.
[1] There is a handsome tower at the West end, and in it are five bells. (A Tour the the Isle of Thanet and Some other Parts of East Kent, Cozens, Zechariah, 1793)
[2] To rehanging the bells, strengthening the old framework, recasting 3rd of 5 bell and adding a sixth bell £262-10-0. Paid Cq. 25 July 1923. New treble 6-0-6. Recast 4th of six 10-0-9. (Bowell records, 16 July 1923)

Pictures of the belfry



Photo: Joe Aust, 22 Mar 2023


Photo: Joe Aust, 22 Mar 2023


Photo: Joe Aust, 22 Mar 2023


Photo: Joe Aust, 22 Mar 2023


Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 27 March 2023