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Adisham
 

Adisham, Holy Innocents


Photo: Dickon Love, Oct 2006

  • 4 bells hung for full circle ringing, some of which are unhung
  • Tenor: 8¼ cwt approx. in B♭.
  • Grid Ref: TR227542
  • Frame: Dated c. 1600. Side frame trusses braced king-post with long heads
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 8¼ cwt approx.35⅜" B♭ John Walgrave, London Never
3 6½ cwt approx.32⅝" C 1670 Thomas Palmar I Never
2 5½ cwt approx.31¼" D 1670 Thomas Palmar I Never
Treble 4½ cwt approx.28" E♭ 1670 Thomas Palmar I Never

Inscriptions

History

1418 -1440 Current tenor cast.
1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1670 Current front 3 cast.
1757 Record of 4 bells. [2]
1880 Bells rehung and frame strengthened.
1957 Mears & Stainbank inspected the tower and bells. They stated that the bells were out of tune and the 3rd was of conspicuously poor tone. They added "The fittings have been renewed in more recent times but apart from the wheels they are not in serviceable
1958 RWM Clouston reported that bells l, 3, 4 swung E/W in a straight line with the tenor in the centre, with the 2nd swinging N/S in a long pit at right angles. By that time all the bells were being 'clocked'. He dates the frame c1600 or so. Side frame trussed
1959 Nick Davies recorded that it was then about 50 years since the bells were last rung (i.e. c.1900). Those who had rung there told him and David Cawley that artificial light always had to be brought for ringing. There are no windows in the former ringing ch
1980 John Taylor & Co estimated for restoring and rehanging the bells in a cast iron frame for 6, with alternatives for ringing from the ground floor and enabling the bells to be brought lower in the tower.
1983 The 3 old bells were lifted back to the safety of the tower by the K.C.A.
1998 Bells stored locally pending a project to rehang then in a frame from Sheldwich and augmented to 6 with 2 trebles by Whitechapel. The frames were returned and project abandoned.
[1] Item in the stepyll there iij bells. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] "This Church is a very fair, ‘tho not large, Building, of Flints. It consists of a Chancel and Body, both cover’d with Lead - and a South and North Transept, coverd with Tyle. The Tower stands in ye Middle. In it hang 4 Bells, with ye following Inscriptio (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)

Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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