St Peter in Thanet, St Peter the Apostle

Photo: David Cawley, 2017

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 13-2-22 in F
  • Grid Ref: TR380684
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1887 Samuel Snelling, frame for 8 bells
  • Denomination: Church of England
  • Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower (Felstead Database)

  • Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)

    (As supplied)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    ® Treble 4-1-27 4-3-6 27⅛" F 1892 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1975 Whitechapel
    ® 2 4-1-12 4-3-4 27⅞" E 1892 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1975 Whitechapel
    ® 3 5-2-18 30½" D 1777 Thomas Swain, Holborn 1975 Whitechapel
    ® 4 5-2-3 30⅞" C 1746 Robert Catlin, Holborn 1975 Whitechapel
    ® 5 6-1-27 7-0-11 33¼" B♭ 1887 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1975 Whitechapel
    ® 6 8-0-22 36¾" A 1822 Thomas Mears II 1975 Whitechapel
    ® 7 9-2-6 10-1-5 38⅜" G 1887 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1975 Whitechapel
    ® Tenor 13-2-22 14-3-9 43¾" F 1887 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1975 Whitechapel

    ® - Hung for full circle ringing

    Bellframes

    Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
    Layout
    1 All bells 1887 Samuel Snelling, Sittingbourne
    Inscriptions on the Bells

    Earlier bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Date Founder Retuned Fate
    3rd (of 6) 7¼ cwt approx. 34" 1746 Robert Catlin Never Recast 1887
    5th (of 6) 10½ cwt approx. 39½" 1746 Robert Catlin Never Recast 1887
    Tenor (of 6) 15 cwt approx. 42¾" 1800 Thomas Mears I Never Recast 1887
    History

    1723 Lewis' "History of Thanet" states that a few years earlier, the ancient ring of 5 was recast into a ring of 6.
    1746 2nd, 3rd and 5th (of 6) recast by Robert Catlin.
    1777 Treble (of 6) recast by Thomas Swain.
    1793 Record of 6 bells in the tower. [1]
    1800 Tenor (of 6) recast by Thomas Mears.
    1822 4th (of 6) recast by Thomas Mears.
    1887 3rd, 5th and 6th (of 6) were cracked and recast by Mears & Stainbank. The bells were rehung in a new frame for 8 bells by Samuel Snelling.
    1892 2 trebles, by Mears & Stainbank, were added to the empty pits to make 8.
    1923 Mears & Stainbank did some work in the belfry.
    1975 Bells retuned and rehung in the strengthened frame by Whitechapel.

    [1] At the West end of the church is a handsome tower, built of flint, with stone quoins and buttresses; within it is a musical peal of six bells.' ('A Tour the the Isle of Thanet and Some other Parts of East Kent, Cozens, Zechariah, 1793)
    Belfry gallery



    Photo: Photo: Ade Davies, 2021


    Photo: Photo: Ade Davies, 2021


    Photo: Photo: Ade Davies, 2021

    The 7th.
    Photo: Photo: Ade Davies, 2021


    Photo: Photo: Ade Davies, 2021


    Photo: Photo: Ade Davies, 2021
    Bells elsewhere in the parish


    Page updated: 6 November 2020