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Swanscombe
 

Swanscombe, Ss Peter & Paul


Photo: Dickon Love

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 18-0-547½" F 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
7 13-2-2242¾" G 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
6 10-2-939⅛" A 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
5 9-2-237½" B♭ 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
4 7-3-1534¾" C 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
3 6-1-2331⅞" D 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
2 6-0-830¼" E 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
Treble 5-2-2529¼" F 1904 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never

How the bells are tuned

The ring of six destroyed in the fire of 1902

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 6)30½"1751Robert CatlinNeverDestroyed 1902
2nd (of 6)32½"1804Thomas Mears INeverDestroyed 1902
3rd (of 6)35"1751Robert CatlinNeverDestroyed 1902
4th (of 6)37"1769Lester & PackNeverDestroyed 1902
5th (of 6)40½"1751Robert CatlinNeverDestroyed 1902
Tenor (of 6)13 cwt approx.43½"1802Thomas Mears INeverDestroyed 1902

Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
2nd (of 6)1751Robert CatlinNeverRecast 1804
4th (of 6)1751Robert CatlinNeverRecast 1769
Tenor (of 6)1751Robert CatlinNeverRecast 1802

History

1552 Record of 3 bells. [1]
1751 A ring of 6 was cast by Robert Catlin with a tenor of 13 cwt. approx.
1769 4th (of 6) recast by Lester & Pack.
1802 Tenor (of 6) recast by Thomas Mears.
1804 2nd (of 6) recast by Thomas Mears.
1902 14th Aug. Church was hit by lightning which caused a fire destroying the bells and frame.
1903 23rd June Church reopened following its restoration.
1904 A new ring of 8 was cast and hung in a new frame by Mears & Stainbank. The bells were rededicated on 3rd May.
1921 The 4th, 5th and 6th were rehung and clappers were refitted, by Alfred Bowell. [2]
1994 Frame secured and bells rehung by D. Paul Smith with partially new fittings from Whitechapel.
[1] Item iij bells of brasse suted in the steple. Item j corse bell of brasse. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] To rehanging the 4th, 5th and 6th bells and refitting the eight clappers, new leather & bolts £30. To three new pulleys to 5th, 6th & 7th and all new steadiment to the ropes on intermediate floor including material & fixing £5. Total £35. Paid cq. 28 Apr (Bowell records, 26 Mar 1921)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2015-03-145024 Spliced Surprise Major
2014-06-125088 Bristol Surprise Major
1997-03-225024 Bristol Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2015-03-211284 Stedman Triples
2014-06-071260 Grandsire Triples
2012-10-241250 Superlative Surprise Major
2011-02-051260 Grandsire Triples
2008-02-211260 Stedman Triples
2002-11-161288 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