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Staplehurst
 

Staplehurst, All Saints


Photo: Dickon Love

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As dispatched in 1885)
Weight
(As received in 1885)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 5-0-527" G 1996 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
2 5-0-2728" F 1996 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
3 5-1-255-3-1930" E♭ 1885 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1996 Whitechapel
4 5-3-196-2-1331¼" D 1885 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1996 Whitechapel
5 6-2-87-0-632⅝" C 1885 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1996 Whitechapel
6 7-1-268-2-635½" B♭ 1885 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1996 Whitechapel
7 8-2-259-1-2737⅝" A♭ 1885 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1996 Whitechapel
8 11-0-1312-1-1840¼" G 1885 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1996 Whitechapel
9 13-3-1915-2-815-2-1444½" F 1605 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 1996 Whitechapel
Tenor 19-2-721-2-1348⅝" E♭ 1885 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1996 Whitechapel

Inscriptions

The earlier ring of five

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 5)8-1-034"1748Thomas LesterNeverRecast 1885
2nd (of 5)8-2-1437"1663William HatchNeverRecast 1885
3rd (of 5)11-3-2041"1594Robert MotNeverReplaced & stored at WBF 1885 Scrapped 1939.
4th (of 5)15-2-844½"1605Joseph HatchNeverThe current 9th
Tenor (of 5)21-0-649½"1649John Palmar INeverRecast 1885. Palmar I or II?

History

1594 Bell cast by Robert Mot (3rd of 4).
1605 4th (of 5) cast by Joseph Hatch.
1649 Tenor (of 5) cast by John Palmar.
1663 2nd (of 5) cast by William Hatch.
1748 Treble (of 5) cast by Thomas Lester.
1885 The treble, 2nd, 3rd and tenor were recast and 3 bells were added to make 8 bells by Mears & Stainbank. The 1594 bell was kept at Whitechapel as a museum piece. The 7th shows signs of lathe tuning in 1885. They were dedicated on St Mark's Day.
1921 Bells rehung by Alfred Bowell. [1]
1939 The old Robert Mot tenor at Whitechapel was finally scrapped as there was a shortage of bell metal.
1973 Tower made safe for the bells to ring again. The work was done in memory of Alfred James Walker M.A. Rector 1933-51.
1996 Bells retuned with 2 new trebles added to make 10 by Whitechapel.
1997 The 10 bells were hung in a new frame.
[1] To rehanging the eight bells £100. Paid cq. 21 Nov 1921. (Bowell records, 4 Nov 1921)

Articles

  • "Down and out: Staplehurst's bells go for restoration at last", Barclay. Roy A (The Ringing World) 24 October 1997
  • Peal Boards

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1887
    31 Oct 1887: 5040 Grandsire Triples (First peal on the bells and first by the local band.)

    Photo: Daniel Brady, 5 August 2015

    Timber Performance Board dated 1889
    04 Mar 1889: 5040 Grandsire Triples

    Photo: Daniel Brady, 5 August 2015

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1889
    08 Jul 1889: 5040 Grandsire Triples (39th birthday of Mr T V Colvin.)

    Photo: Daniel Brady, 5 August 2015

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1890
    18 Jan 1890: 5040 Stedman Triples (1st peal of Stedman on the bells.)

    Photo: Daniel Brady, 5 August 2015

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1890
    26 May 1890: 5040 Grandsire Triples

    Photo: Daniel Brady, 5 August 2015

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1922
    25 Nov 1922: 5040 Grandsire Triples

    Photo: Daniel Brady, 5 August 2015

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1997
    29 Dec 1997: 5039 Grandsire Caters (1st peal on the bells since augmentation.)

    Photo: Daniel Brady, 5 August 2015

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 2001
    19 May 2001: 5039 Grandsire Caters (50th birthday of Christopher Bassett.)

    Photo: Daniel Brady, 5 August 2015

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 2002
    10 Aug 2002: 5067 Stedman Caters (Silver wedding of Christopher and Susan Bassett.)

    Photo: Daniel Brady, 5 August 2015

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 2010
    17 Apr 2010: 5040 Isleworth Surprise Royal (18th birthday of Adam Brady.)

    Photo: Daniel Brady, 5 August 2015

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 2011
    08 Jan 2011: 5040 Cambridge Surprise Royal (Farewell to the Revd Canon Gill Calver, Rector.)

    Photo: Daniel Brady, 5 August 2015

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 2015
    18 Apr 2015: 5000 Plain Bob Royal (100th peal on the bells.)

    Photo: Daniel Brady, 26 March 2017

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 2015
    08 May 2015: 5120 Bristol Surprise Major (A wedding compliment to Becky E Mahoney and Stephen P Bassett.)

    Photo: Daniel Brady, 26 March 2017

    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2016-10-215040 Swindon Surprise Royal
    2016-04-025000 Bristol Surprise Royal
    2015-08-085120 Bristol Surprise Major
    2015-04-185000 Plain Bob Royal
    2011-11-265040 Minor (7m)
    2011-05-245040 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
    2011-01-085040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
    2010-04-175040 Isleworth Surprise Royal
    2009-11-285003 Erin Caters
    2009-08-085000 Cambridge Surprise Royal
    2007-11-245040 Swindon Surprise Royal
    2007-04-145000 Oakham Surprise Royal
    2006-11-045040 Fermanagh Surprise Royal
    2006-09-305120 Spliced Surprise Major
    2006-06-035040 Staplehurst Delight Royal
    2005-11-055120 Spliced Surprise Royal (8m)
    2005-08-295040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
    2005-04-095007 Stedman Caters
    2002-10-195040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
    2002-08-105067 Stedman Caters
    2002-03-095000 London No.3 Surprise Royal
    2001-11-175003 Grandsire Caters
    2001-09-155040 London No.3 Surprise Royal
    2001-04-215040 Lincolnshire Surprise Royal
    2001-04-215040 Lincolnshire Surprise Royal
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2018-09-161386 Variable Treble Grandsire Triples
    2018-09-091259 Grandsire Caters
    2018-07-291296 Spliced Minor (3m)
    2018-07-081296 Plain Bob Caters
    2018-06-281259 Grandsire Caters
    2018-06-171260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2018-06-101269 Plain Bob Doubles
    2018-05-201269 Plain Bob Doubles
    2018-03-111296 Plain Bob Caters
    2018-03-041280 Doubles (3m)
    2018-02-251260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
    2018-02-181269 Plain Bob Doubles
    2018-02-111275 Stedman Caters
    2017-11-261260 Grandsire Caters
    2017-11-121287 Grandsire Triples
    2017-10-291296 Plain Bob Caters
    2017-07-232017 Julie McDonnell New Bob Triples
    2017-07-081296 Little Bob Royal
    2017-06-101259 Grandsire Caters
    2017-05-281264 Plain Bob Major
    2017-05-211315 Grandsire Triples
    2017-03-121296 Julie Mcdonnell Little Alliance Major
    2017-02-121260 Grandsire Triples
    2017-01-221296 Julie McDonnell Little Alliance Royal
    2016-11-201344 London Surprise Major
    Full list of peals here
    Full list of quarters here

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