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

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, 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
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2009-02-075120 Lessness Surprise Major
1983-02-265184 Zelah Surprise Major
1962-05-265024 Yorkshire Surprise Major
1839-05-205040 Grandsire Triples
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-08-071260 Plain Bob Triples
2018-03-171312 Great Shunner Fell Delight Major
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
1989-07-151280 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
1988-01-021280 Double Norwich Court Bob 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