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Whitstable
 

Whitstable, St Alphege


Photo: Benjamin Legg

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 3-1-13 in G.
  • Grid Ref: TR107664
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry, modified in 1973
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: . Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 1-0-715¼" G 1973 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
2 1-0-1515¾" F♯ 1973 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
3 1-2-217" E 1975 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
4 1-1-2618" D 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
5 1-2-2219" C 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
6 1-3-1320" B 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
7 2-1-1522" A 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
Tenor 3-1-1324" G 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

Recast in 1975

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
3rd (of 8)1-1-617"1969WhitechapelNeverRecast 1975

Prior to 1968

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Supplied weight)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Single bell12-2-1712-2-2342"F♯1845Charles & George MearsNeverScrapped 1968

History

1560 Bells from the old church stolen by Mayor Lynche of Sandwich!
1592 Bell cast for the old church by Robert Mot of Whitechapel (rehung by Whitechapel in 1967).
1665 5th cast for St Andrew, Toddington, Norfolk by Robert Gurney.
1755 2nd, 3rd and 4th cast for St Andrew, Toddington, Norfolk by Lester & Pack.
1845 A bell, weighing 12-2-17, was cast by C. & G. Mears. This bell was later given to the new church.
1846 The nave of the old church was demolished. The bell was rehung in the chancel turret. The present church was consecrated by Archbishop Howley on 9th Oct.
1851 Treble cast for St Andrew, Toddington, Norfolk by John Taylor.
1898 9th Oct. The present church was consecrated by Archbishop Howley.
1920 A set of tubular bells, cast by Messrs Harrington, Holland & Co of Coventry was given to the church by Mr & Mrs Alfred Nicholls of Stocksfield, Newcastle-upon-Tyne as a private War Memorial. (Treble 0-2-7; tenor 1-1-11; whole installation:7-0-13).
1942 The church of St Andrew, Toddington, Norfolk was closed and the bells removed.
1947 Tubular bells restored by Mrs M. Burrough as a memorial to her son who was killed in action in 1943.
1968 The tubular bells and the larger bell were removed and sold, the proceeds of which helped to pay for the installation of six new ringing bells.
1969 5 smaller bells were brought from Tottington, Norfolk on 31st January. A new ring of 6 was cast from the metal of these bells at Whitechapel (on 23rd April) and the new ring of six was dedicated by the Bishop of Dover on 21st September.
1973 2 trebles added to make 8 by Whitechapel.
1974 6th Jan New bells dedicated by the Archdeacon of Canterbury.
1975 The 3rd was replaced with a bell 24 lbs heavier, cast at Whitechapel, dedicated by the Rev'd David Cawley on 31st January, 1976.

Articles

  • "St Alphege, Seasalter, Dedication", Author unknown (The Ringing World) 29 March 1974
  • Gallery


    The old "Great Bell" of Seasalter being dismantled in August 1968.
    Photo: David Cawley. 1968

    The new ring of 6 bells at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, July 1969.
    Photo: David Cawley. 1968

    Whitechapel bellhanger, Philip Jakeman (with his son Stephen) with the smallest bells he ever hung for ringing - in his own tower in Whitstable!
    Photo: David Cawley. 1968

    The Tottington bells leave Norfolk for ever on31st January, 1969, to be recast into the back 5 at St Alphege.
    Photo: David Cawley
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2012-04-225040 Plain Bob Triples
    2011-05-225152 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    1998-12-065040 Grandsire Triples
    1972-06-175040 Plain Bob Minor
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2018-09-121344 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2018-07-141260 Grandsire Triples
    2018-02-161260 Stedman Triples
    2017-11-051260 Grandsire Doubles
    2017-09-221260 Grandsire Triples
    2016-10-301260 Grandsire Triples
    2015-11-011260 Grandsire Doubles
    2015-02-011260 Doubles
    2014-12-071260 Grandsire Triples
    2014-11-021260 Grandsire Doubles
    2014-10-051260 Grandsire Doubles
    2013-11-031260 Grandsire Doubles
    2013-08-111260 Grandsire Doubles
    2013-05-051260 Plain Bob Minor
    2013-04-211260 Doubles
    2012-11-041260 Grandsire Doubles
    2012-04-011260 Grandsire Doubles
    2012-03-041260 Grandsire Doubles
    2012-01-071280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2012-01-011260 Plain Bob Minor
    2011-12-041260 Doubles
    2011-08-071280 Bristol Surprise Major
    2011-07-101260 Plain Bob Triples
    2011-04-291260 Grandsire Doubles
    2010-09-051260 Doubles
    Full list of peals here
    Full list of quarters here

    Elsewhere in the Parish

    Whitstable, The Two Brewers
    Formerly 8 bells, 2 cwt approx., hung as fixed chime

    Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 19 August 2018