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Wittersham
 

Wittersham, St John the Baptist


Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Before retuning in 1937)
Weight
(After retuning in 1937)
Weight
(Supplied weight)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 16-2-817-1-216-2-2046½" E 1629 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent 1937 Mears & Stainbank, 1967 John Taylor & Co
7 13-2-613-2-1541⅞" F♯ 1951 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1967 John Taylor & Co
6 11-1-2711-2-211-2-239¼" G♯ 1609 Joseph Carter II, Whitechapel 1937 Mears & Stainbank, 1967 John Taylor & Co
5 9-1-29-2-189-1-337" A 1609 Joseph Carter II, Whitechapel 1937 Mears & Stainbank, 1967 John Taylor & Co
4 7-1-197-3-77-1-2634" B 1609 Joseph Carter II, Whitechapel 1937 Mears & Stainbank, 1967 John Taylor & Co
3 6-1-56-2-46-1-1032" C♯ 1937 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1937 Mears & Stainbank, 1967 John Taylor & Co
2 5-2-1230" D♯ 1861 George Mears & Co., Whitechapel 1998 John Taylor & Co.
Treble 5-0-2628¼" E 1997 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never

Inscriptions

Earlier bell

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Before retuning in 1937)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
4th (of 5)13-2-813-2-2643½"1808Thomas Mears IINeverRecast 1951

History

1552 Record of 5 bells.. [1]
1609 Treble, 2nd and 3rd (of 5) recast by Joseph Carter II.
1629 Tenor recast by John Wilnar. At over 18 cwt, this was the largest recorded bell from this foundry.
1799 Record of a "peal of bells". [2]
1808 4th (of 5) recast by Thomas Mears II.
1937 A treble bell was added to fill the empty pit in the anticlockwise wooden frame to augment the peal to 6. The remaining bells were retuned (apart from the 4th) and rehung. The 5th cracked within 6 months.
1938 The 5th (of 6) cracked, within 6 months of the Whitechapel restoration. The led to a delay in the dedication.
1951 6th May The cracked 5th was finally recast, this time by Gillett & Johnston. Bells rededicated.
1967 The bells were rehung clockwise in the back 6 pits of a new frame for 8 bells. They were rededicated that April.
c 1995 For a while the single bell from St Stephen's, Tovil was stored in the church while it suitability as a future treble was considered. It ended up at Shellingford, Oxon in 1998.
1996 All Saints, Hawkhurst became redundant. The 3 bells were saved, the treble being earmarked as a 2nd of a future octave for Wittersham. At the same time, a bell from St Stephen's Tovil was acquired as possible additional bell. This proved unsuitable, and
1997 30th October A new treble was cast at Loughborough to make 8.
1998 1st March Bells rededicated.
[1] Item v gret bells and ij hand bells. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] The church, which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the archdeacon, is dedicated to St. John Baptist. It is a handsome building, consisting of two isles and two chancels, having a tower steeple at the west end, built in the beginning of king Henry the VI ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2015-05-025024 Plain Bob Major
2007-09-155040 Single Oxford Bob Triples
2006-01-025024 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
2005-02-055040 Grandsire Triples
2003-12-065040 Grandsire Triples
2003-03-015152 Spliced Surprise Major
2002-12-075040 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2002-07-275024 Spliced Surprise Major
2001-12-015184 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2000-12-095088 Plain Bob Major
1998-05-255040 Grandsire Triples
1996-11-095040 Surprise Minor
1995-05-085040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1989-08-125040 Minor (5 Methods)
1989-04-085040 Plain Bob Minor
1988-06-255040 Plain Bob Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-10-231260 Plain Bob Minor
2016-08-081344 Potomac Surprise Major
2015-05-121260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
2015-05-081260 St Clements College Bob Minor
2014-09-251260 Grandsire Doubles
2014-03-291344 Spliced Surprise Major (6 Methods)
2014-02-251288 Grandsire Triples
2013-09-271288 Grandsire Triples
2013-05-261279 Grandsire Doubles
2013-02-241260 Mixed Doubles
2013-02-031260 Plain Bob Minor
2012-06-051260 Southrepps Doubles
2012-02-171260 Grandsire Triples
2012-01-311260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
2012-01-071288 Grandsire Triples
2011-10-231320 Mash's Ruby Delight Minor
2010-12-091280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2010-08-271280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2010-07-221260 Grandsire Triples
2010-06-241260 Plain Bob Doubles
2010-01-021360 Spliced Major
2009-08-091260 Plain Bob Doubles
2009-02-011264 Plain Bob Major
2008-12-081312 Spliced Surprise Major (6m)
2008-11-081260 Plain Bob Doubles (768 Cover)
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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