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Tonbridge
 

Tonbridge, Ss Peter & Paul


Photo: Dickon Love, 31st Dec 2004

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Supplied weight)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Priest's Bell ½ cwt approx.13¼" A♭ Unknown
Tenor 19-1-048½" E♭ 1897 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
7 14-1-2742⅞" F 1952 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
6 10-1-2710-3-2539⅜" G 1774 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel "Tuned ¼" Tuned 1951 Mears & Stainbank
5 8-3-239-1-2336¾" A♭ 1774 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel "Maiden bell" Tuned 1951 Mears & Stainbank
4 7-2-47-3-1533⅞" B♭ 1774 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel "Maiden bell" Tuned 1951 Mears & Stainbank
3 6-1-2632" C 1952 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
2 6-0-2030" D 1952 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
Treble 5-2-2129" E♭ 1952 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel

Of the 1774 ring of eight (cast weights given)

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)6-0-829½"1774Pack & Chapman"Maiden bell"Recast 1951
2nd (of 8)6-2-130¼"1774Pack & Chapman"Maiden bell"Recast 1951
3rd (of 8)6-2-2231⅞"1774Pack & Chapman"Maiden bell"Recast 1951
7th (of 8)14-0-943"1774Pack & Chapman"Tuned ¼"Recast 1951
Tenor (of 8)19-3-548½"1774Pack & Chapman"Maiden bell"Recast 1897

1913 recast

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 2)6-0-829½"1913Mears & StainbankNeverRecast 1951

History

c 1700 The Sanctus Bell was recast.
1774 Ring of 8 cast by Pack & Chapman to replace an earlier ring of 6.
1879 Church completely restored and a second south aisle added.
1897 Tenor recast by Mears & Stainbank.
1913 Treble recast by Mears & Stainbank.
1948 John Taylor & Co. visited the tower and condemned the frame. They found the 7th cracked and quoted for recasting it and tuning the other secen with all new fittings and frames (including for the Priest's bell. They also quoted for recasting the lot (excep
1951 Bells 1, 2, 3 and 7 recast by Mears & Stainbank.

Gallery


The belfry, with the tenor in the foreground.
Photo: Dickon Love, 31 Dec 2004

The Sanctus bell hung in its own pit in the frame.
Photo: Dickon Love, 31 Dec 2004
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2014-05-185088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2010-02-135024 Spliced Surprise Major
1784-10-105040 Grandsire Triples
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-03-121260 Plain Bob Triples
2017-02-121260 Stedman Doubles
2017-01-081280 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2016-12-111260 Plain Bob Triples
2016-10-091440 Doubles (2m)
2016-09-111320 Grandsire Doubles
2016-06-251250 Cambridge Surprise Major
2016-02-141260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-01-101260 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-12-131320 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-11-011260 Plain Bob Minor
2015-05-101260 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-04-121260 Doubles
2015-02-281320 Double Oxford Bob Minor
2015-02-081260 Stedman Doubles
2015-01-111260 Plain Bob Doubles
2014-12-141259 Grandsire Doubles
2014-11-091260 Doubles (2m)
2014-09-141260 Plain Bob Minor
2014-09-141260 Plain Bob Minor
2014-08-101259 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
2014-06-251260 Grandsire Triples
2014-06-081260 Stedman Triples
2014-05-131260 Grandsire Triples
2014-05-111320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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