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West Wickham
 

West Wickham, St John the Baptist


Photo: Dickon Love

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 13 cwt approx.42" F♯ 1640 Brian Eldridge, Chertsey Never
5 8-2-2636½" G♯ 1958 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
4 6½ cwt approx33½" A♯ 1669 John Hodson, Whitechapel Never
3 5-1-2131" B 1857 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel Never
2 5 cwt approx.29¼" C♯ 1640 Brian Eldridge, Chertsey Never
Treble 4-1-027" D♯ 1938 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never

Inscriptions

Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
5th (of 6)8-1-2137"1624Brian EldridgeNeverRecast 1958

History

1552 Record of 4 bells. [1]
1624 4th (of 5) recast by Brian Eldridge.
1640 Treble and tenor (of 5) cast or recast by Brian Eldridge.
1669 3rd (of 5) recast by John Hodson.
1847 Tower rebuilt by Whichcord and Whichcord.
1857 2nd (of 5) recast by Charles and George Mears.
1927 Bells "repaired" by Gillett & Johnston.
1938 Treble added to make 6 by John Taylor and hung in a frame above the other 5. Taylors also rehung the remaining bells.
1939 28th June New treble dedicated.
1958 5th recast by Mears & Stainbank.
[1] Item iiij grete bells suted in the steple and a Saints bell of brasse. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)

Gallery


Rubbings of the inscriptions on the bells, as displayed in the church.
Photo: Dickon Love
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2014-01-115040 Surprise Minor
2007-06-245040 Surprise Minor (25 methods)
2006-05-135040 Minor (7m)
2005-10-305040 Surprise Minor (7m)
1990-02-175040 Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-03-131260 St Clements College Bob Minor
2016-08-021296 Richborough Delight Minor
2015-11-211320 Chelsea Delight Minor
2015-06-141320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2014-04-051260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
2013-09-041260 Plain Bob Minor
2013-03-021260 Plain Bob Minor
2012-11-251260 St Clements/ Plain Bob Minor
2012-11-251260 St Clements/ Plain Bob Minor
2010-11-131260 Grandsire Doubles
2010-05-101260 Stedman Doubles
2010-02-201320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2005-07-161320 London 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