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

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 (except the Priest's bell) to a new eight, 19 cwt in E ("along the lines of the bells we cast for St George, Gravesend or The Annunciation, Chislehurst").
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
1992-03-145088 Bristol Surprise Major
1972-05-075280 Spliced Surprise Major
1969-10-195184 Spliced Surprise Major
1968-02-045280 Spliced Surprise Major
1965-05-305056 Wembley Surprise Major
1964-04-195280 Spliced Surprise Major
1903-09-305040 Grandsire Triples
1903-03-075040 Stedman Triples
1901-02-025040 Grandsire Triples
1899-01-245040 Plain Bob Major
1898-12-285040 Stedman Triples
1898-10-055024 Kent Treble Bob Major
1898-05-285040 Grandsire Triples
1898-05-075040 Grandsire Triples
1898-01-155040 Grandsire Triples
1897-11-095040 Grandsire Triples
1897-11-095040 Grandsire Triples
1897-08-185152 Kent Treble Bob Major
1897-06-225040 Grandsire Triples
1897-06-055040 Grandsire Triples
1896-11-145040 Grandsire Triples
1896-09-235040 Grandsire Triples
1896-06-275056 Kent Treble Bob Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-11-251260 Mixed Minor
2018-11-111260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-11-021280 Surrey Surprise Major
2018-10-281260 Stedman Doubles
2018-10-141260 Plain Bob Triples
2018-09-091264 Plain Bob Major
2018-08-261320 Bourne Surprise Minor
2018-08-191272 Durham Surprise Minor
2018-08-121320 Primrose Surprise Minor
2018-07-291272 Carlisle Surprise Minor
2018-07-011316 Spliced Bob Major (3m)
2018-06-241280 London Surprise Major
2018-06-101320 Norwich Surprise Minor
2018-05-271440 Rossendale Surprise Minor
2018-04-081282 Rutland Surprise Major
2018-01-281260 Plain Bob Triples
2018-01-141250 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2017-12-101296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2017-11-121260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-10-081296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2017-08-131260 Doubles (2m)
2017-05-141264 Original Major
2017-04-091293 Stedman Triples
2017-03-121260 Plain Bob Triples
2017-02-121260 Stedman Doubles
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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