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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
Tenor 3-1-1324" G 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
7 2-1-1522" A 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
6 1-3-1320" B 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
5 1-2-2219" C 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
4 1-1-2618" D 1969 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
3 1-2-217" E 1975 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
2 1-0-1515¾" F♯ 1973 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
Treble 1-0-715¼" G 1973 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 12th 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.

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.
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
2010-06-061260 Stedman Doubles
2010-05-021260 Plain Bob Minor
2010-04-181260 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles
2010-04-041260 Grandsire Doubles
2010-01-011260 Plain Bob 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: 1 April 2016