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Westerham
 

Westerham, St Mary


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  • 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
  • Diocese: Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: II*. Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 23-0-1748" E♭ 1892 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough
7 15-2-1545" F 1837 Thomas Mears II
6 11-1-041" G 1837 Thomas Mears II
5 9-2-338.5" A♭ 1837 Thomas Mears II
4 7-1-2636" B♭ 1837 Thomas Mears II
3 7-1-1034" C 1837 Thomas Mears II
2 6-1-231" D 1837 Thomas Mears II
Treble 5-3-2130½" E♭ 1837 Thomas Mears II

Inscriptions

Earlier tenors

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor (of 8)18-1-1748½"1858George Mears & Co.NeverRecast 1892
Tenor (of 8)19-0-91722Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 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
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
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2009-02-075120 Lessness Surprise Major
1983-02-265184 Zelah Surprise Major
1839-05-205040 Grandsire Triples
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-04-091260 Grandsire Triples
2011-05-281260 Plain Bob Doubles
2010-08-141260 Middlesex Bob Triples
2008-12-201260 Stedman Triples
2004-12-311280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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