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Wormshill
 

Wormshill, St Giles


Photo: Richard Offen, 2005

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 3-1-1525⅝" E 1718 Richard Phelps, Whitechapel 1998 Whitechapel
5 2-1-7 F♯ 1731 Samuel II Smith, York 1995 Whitechapel
4 2-1-0 G♯ 1731 Samuel II Smith, York Never
3 2-0-221" A 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
2 1-1-2719" B 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
Treble 1-0-918¼" C♯ 2010 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
Storage 3-0-925" 1731 Samuel II Smith, York Never

Inscriptions

Prior to 2010

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 6)1-0-917"C♯1963Mears & StainbankNeverRecast 2010

History

1718 2nd (of 4) cast by Richard Phelps (this bell is now the tenor).
1719 3rd (of 4) cast by Richard Phelps.
1731 3 bells were cast by Samuel Smith II of York for West Bretton, Yorkshire.
1851 3 bells were cast by C. & G. Mears for St Gregory's, Canterbury.
1863 Treble and tenor (of 4) replaced with 2 steel bells by Naylor Vickers.
1885 Tower deemed unsafe for bells to be rung properly.
1944 Albert Hughes from Whitechapel inspected the bells with a view to installing a ring of 6. There are local memories of there being 3 (rather than 2) steel bells - a check with the Whitechapel Foundry may be able to confirm this. The steel bells were scra
1963 The 3 bells from St Gregory's, Canterbury were recast by Mears & Stainbank.
1985 The 3 bells from St Gregory's, Canterbury were removed from the church and stored at Richard Offen's house.
1988 The 1718 bell was welded by Soundweld and hung in a new frame for 6 in the tenor pit. The frame was designed by Whitechapel and built by M. Nightingale in Faversham. The 3 St Gregory bells were hung in pits 1, 2 & 3.
1995 The treble and 2 from West Bretton were hung in the 2 empty Wormshill pits on 13th May. The West Bretton tenor was retained for possible use in Murston Old Church. The remodelled ring was then dedicated by R't Rev'd David Say on 8th October.
2010 The treble was recast into a heavier bell by Whitechapel.

Gallery


The new treble bell, cast in 2010.
Photo: Graham Heath, 7 May 2011

The new treble bell, cast in 2010.
Photo: Graham Heath, 7 May 2011

The three St Gregory bells in Wormshill tower. The bell up is the former (1963) treble, with its large clapper flight.
Photo: Dickon Love
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2010-08-085040 Minor (3m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2015-11-281260 Plain Bob Doubles
2014-07-051260 Plain Bob Minor
2014-05-311260 Double Oxford College Bob Minor
2011-10-261320 Plain Bob Minor
2011-05-071320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2010-06-271260 Reverse Canterbury, Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
2007-08-181260 Plain Bob Minor
2006-03-121320 Surfleet Surprise 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