Westerham, St Mary
  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 23-0-17 in E♭
  • Grid Ref: TQ447540
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1892 John Taylor & Co., made of oak with iron struts
  • Denomination: Church of England
  • Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Tonbridge
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower (Felstead Database)

  • Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    ® Treble 5-3-21 30½" E♭ 1837 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel Removed
    ® 2 6-1-2 31" D 1837 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel Removed
    ® 3 7-1-10 34" C 1837 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel Removed
    ® 4 7-1-26 36" B♭ 1837 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel Removed
    ® 5 9-2-3 38.5" A♭ 1837 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel Removed
    ® 6 11-1-0 41" G 1837 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel Removed
    ® 7 15-2-15 45" F 1837 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel Removed
    ® Tenor 23-0-17 48" E♭ 1892 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat

    ® - Hung for full circle ringing

    Bellframes

    Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
    Layout
    1 All bells 1892 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough
    Inscriptions on the Bells

    Earlier tenors

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Tenor (of 8) 18-1-17 48½" 1858 George Mears & Co. Never Recast 1892
    Tenor (of 8) 19-0-9 1722 Richard Phelps Never Recast 1858
    History

    1722 Tenor cast.
    1837 Front 7 bells added or recast by Thomas Mears.
    1858 Tenor recast by George Mears.
    1892 Tenor recast and bells rehung in a new frame by John Taylor, as gift by Mary Selina Griffith.
    1913 Tenor rehung by John Taylor.
    1936 Gillett & Johnston quoted £265 for rehanging the bells with new metal headstocks, plus new fittings and one eighth turning.
    1937 Mears & Stainbank quoted £126.7.0 for new gudgeons & bearings, but no tuning, and complained about the state of the installation, with grease from the bearings all over the place; it was "impossible to go among the bells without getting extremely dirty".
    1948 Gillett & Johnston updated their 1936 quote to include cast iron headstocks, turning and tuning, to £595. Mears quoted £244 for much the same work as they had in 1937, specifically saying that no tuning was required. In August the Mears quote was accepted, although there appear to be problems getting the work done. The work was the gift of Mr and Mrs R. A. Vestey.
    1949 May There was a letter from Westerham stating, "... we would therefore urge you to do everything possible to start work and complete it in good time before 2 October [Dedication Festival]".
    1971 Bells rehung by Whitechapel, this time using new headstocks.

    Gallery


    Detail of the beautiful lettering on the inscription band of the tenor.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 31 Dec 2004

    View of the belfry.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 31 Dec 2004

    View of the belfry. Tenor in foreground.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 31 Dec 2004

    Page updated: 1 April 2016