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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.

Peal Boards

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1987
07 Dec 1986: 1260 Plain Bob Triples (100th anniversary of the local change ringing society.)
13 Dec 1986: 1260 Plain Bob Triples (100th anniversary of the local change ringing society.)
13 Dec 1986: 1260 Grandsire Triples (100th anniversary of the local change ringing society.)
14 Dec 1986: 1260 Stedman Triples (100th anniversary of the local change ringing society.)

Photo: Richard A Smith, 22 August 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1963
02 Nov 1963: 5056 Cambridge S Major

Photo: Richard A Smith, 22 August 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1965
30 Jan 1965: 5040 Grandsire Triples (in memoriam Sir Winston Churchill.)

Photo: Richard A Smith, 22 August 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1967
10 Dec 1966: 5088 Tonbridge S Major

Photo: Richard A Smith, 22 August 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1969
01 Mar 1969: 5056 Spliced S Major (4m)

Photo: Richard A Smith, 22 August 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 2002
22 Jun 2002: 5040 Grandsire Triples (Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.)

Photo: Richard A Smith, 22 August 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1887
10 May 1887: 5040 Grandsire Triples

Photo: Richard A Smith, 22 August 2018

Timber Bell/Restoration Detail Board dated approx. 1887

Photo: Richard A Smith, 22 August 2018

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1897
23 Sept 1896: 5040 Grandsire Triples
22 Jun 1897: 5040 Grandsire Triples

Photo: Richard A Smith, 22 August 2018

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.
2019-11-171296 Plain Bob Minor
2019-10-271260 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-10-131280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2019-09-291260 Doubles (1p/2m)
2019-09-221250 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2019-09-141280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2019-09-081279 Spliced Surprise Major (8)
2019-08-241400 Plain Bob Triples
2019-08-181260 Grandsire Triples
2019-08-111320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2019-08-041504 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2019-07-281320 Doubles (4m)
2019-07-141320 Doubles (2m)
2019-06-231280 Superlative Surprise Major
2019-05-261344 Plain Bob Major
2019-04-281260 Grandsire Doubles
2019-04-181260 Plain Bob Triples
2019-04-141280 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2019-03-311293 Stedman Triples
2019-03-241260 Plain Bob Minor
2019-03-101260 Grandsire Triples
2019-02-241260 Plain Bob Doubles
2019-02-101320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2019-01-271260 Stedman Doubles
2019-01-131260 Spliced Minor (2m)
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

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