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West Malling
 

West Malling, St Mary the Virgin


  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 10-1-9 in G.
  • Grid Ref: TQ678575
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Maidstone
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)

(As supplied)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 3-3-204-3-1627" G 1869 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1998 Whitechapel
® 2 4-2-35-1-1328½" F♯ 1869 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1998 Whitechapel
® 3 4-0-1328½" E 1677 John & Christopher Hodson, Whitechapel Conventional 1998 Whitechapel
® 4 4-1-229½" D 1637 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Conventional 1998 Whitechapel
® 5 5-2-731½" C 1698 James Bartlett, Whitechapel Conventional 1998 Whitechapel
® 6 6-2-2334" B 1637 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Conventional 1998 Whitechapel
® 7 8-0-2337½" A 1637 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Removed 1998 Whitechapel
® Tenor 10-1-912-1-240½" G 1869 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1998 Whitechapel

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Treble (of 8)4-0-2326"1884Mears & StainbankNeverRecast 1885
2nd (of 8)4-3-1127½"1884Mears & StainbankNeverRecast 1885
Tenor (of 6)1677John & Christopher HodsonNeverRecast 1869

History

1637 Present 4th, 6th and 7th cast.
1677 Tenor and treble (of 6) cast by John & Christopher Hodson.
1698 3rd (of 6) recast by James Bartlett.
1837 Spire erected.
1869 Tenor recast. Stahlschmidt reported that 2 trebles were added by Mears & Stainbank at this time to make 8 by Mears & Stainbank. This is disputed by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
1885 2 Trebles recast by Mears & Stainbank.
1951 Bells rehung on ball bearings.
1959 Bells unringable for 9 monhths while repairs to the tower were made involving the removal of much oak in a dangerous condition and the structure was reinforced by steel girders and brick.
1971 7th rehung on a new headstock.
1978 Tenor rehung on a new headstock.
1998 Bells retuned and rehung by Whitechapel.

Articles

  • "Last quarter on the bells", Howard, Kathy (The Ringing World) 28 February 1998
  • Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-12-185040 Plain Bob Minor
    2012-08-255040 Plain Bob Triples
    2011-11-195152 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
    2011-09-255008 Plain Bob Major
    2010-10-165024 Adelaide Surprise Major
    2010-09-195040 Plain Bob Triples
    2008-11-155056 Cassiobury Surprise Major
    2006-12-305056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2006-03-285088 Rutland Surprise Major
    2005-05-315056 London Surprise Major
    1992-12-295088 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
    1982-05-295040 Grandsire Triples
    1982-05-295040 Grandsire Triples
    1891-05-195088 Treble Bob Major (1m)
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2021-07-171260 Doubles (2m)
    2019-02-221302 Plain Bob Triples
    2018-12-151260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
    2018-05-201260 Plain Bob Triples
    2018-03-171280 Plain Bob Major
    2017-07-061260 Plain Bob Triples
    2017-03-041280 Uxbridge Surprise Major
    2015-05-231260 Plain Bob Minor
    2015-02-151260 Grandsire Triples
    2014-04-041280 Old Codger Surprise Major
    2013-10-131320 Doubles (2m)
    2013-08-121250 Phaedra Surprise Major
    2012-08-051260 Plain Bob Triples
    2012-07-081260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
    2012-06-041287 Grandsire Triples
    2012-05-131344 Malling Diamond Bob Triples
    2011-11-271260 Grandsire Doubles
    2011-09-191260 Grandsire Doubles
    2011-07-111280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2011-06-201344 Zaporozhye Surprise Major
    2010-07-121280 Purbeck Surprise Major
    2010-05-031260 Plain Bob Triples
    2009-05-041260 Plain Bob Triples
    2009-01-021280 Cornwall Surprise Major
    2006-07-181320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    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