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Whitstable, All Saints


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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Prior to retuning)
Weight
(Original tuning comments)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 7-2-67-2-101#, tick, blank, 1♯, G♯35¼" G♯ 1730 Samuel Knight, Southwark 1930 Mears & Stainbank
5 5-3-65-3-121#, ¼♭, blank, ½♯, A♯, ¼♯32⁹⁄₁₆" A♯ 1730 Samuel Knight, Southwark 1930 Mears & Stainbank
4 4-2-134-3-01#. ⅛♭, blank, 1♯, C ¼♯29½" B♯ 1730 Samuel Knight, Southwark 1930 Mears & Stainbank
3 4-0-234-1-141#, tick, blank, tick, D28⅛" C 1730 Samuel Knight, Southwark 1930 Mears & Stainbank
2 3-2-83-2-13½♭, ½♭, blank, tick, E26³⁄₁₆" D♯ 1730 Samuel Knight, Southwark 1930 Mears & Stainbank
Treble 3-2-103-2-15tick, 1♭, blank, tick, F♯25⅛" E♯ 1730 Samuel Knight, Southwark 1930 Mears & Stainbank

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

History

1594 The 3 bells in the tower were reported to be in a bad condition.
1730 Ring of 6 cast by Samuel Knight from the metal of the old 3 (the tenor of which was cracked).
1756 Record of 6 bells in the tower. [1]
1799 Record of 6 bells in the tower. [2]
1844 Bells rehung.
1875 - 6 Church rebuilt.
1895 Repairs undertaken by Samuel Goslin permitting ringing after a 25 year break.
1919 Repairs undertaken by Samuel Goslin.
1921 A report was prepared by Gillett & Johnston but no work was done. (Pitching done 11th Feb.) By 1929 they were unringable.
1930 Bells retuned and rehung in a new frame by Mears & Stainbank.
1962 A south aisle was built on to the church opening up the east wall of the tower into the church.
[1] "The Church is not large, but neat; and has a Tower Steeple, in wch. are 6 Musical *Bells, wch. were all new cast in ye Year 1730. *The Bells weigh in all but 31c. 1q. 00l." (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1756)
[2] The church, which is dedicated to All Saints, consists of two isles and two chancels, which are embattled, having a tower steeple at the south-west corner, in which hang six bells. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)

Gallery


All Saints in 1906, long before the south aisle was built (1962) and the tower clock installed (1930).
Photo: David Cawley collection
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2012-08-151260 Plain Bob Minor
2011-02-251260 Plain Bob 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