Wrotham, St George

Photo: Dickon R Love, 29 Feb 2020

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 20-0-10 in E
  • Grid Ref: TQ611591
  • Complete ring cast at the same time
  • Rung from: Open Gallery
  • Frame: 1911 Gillett & Johnson
  • Denomination: Church of England
  • Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Maidstone
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower (Felstead Database)

  • Sound clip from a peal on the bells.(Phillip R J Barnes, 26 Dec 2000)

    Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    ® Treble 4-3-9 27⅝" E 1911 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (2495) Flat Never
    ® 2 4-2-26 28" D♯ 1911 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (2498) Flat Never
    ® 3 5-1-6 30¹⁄₁₆" C♯ 1911 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (2499) Flat Never
    ® 4 7-0-8 33" B 1911 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (2494) Flat Never
    ® 5 8-2-5 36" A 1911 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (2493) Flat Never
    ® 6 9-3-12 38" G♯ 1911 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (2496) Flat Never
    ® 7 13-3-12 42⁷⁄₁₆" F♯ 1911 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (2497) Flat Never
    ® Tenor 20-0-10 48⅛" E 1911 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon (2492) Flat Never

    ® - Hung for full circle ringing

    Bellframes

    Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
    Layout
    1 All bells 1911 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Metal
    Inscriptions on the Bells

    How the bells are tuned

    Original Lester and Pack octave

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Treble (of 8) 6-3-15 30½" D 1754 Lester & Pack Never Recast 1911
    2nd (of 8) 6-1-24 31½" C♯ 1754 Lester & Pack Never Recast 1896
    3rd (of 8) 7-3-0 33½" B 1754 Lester & Pack Never Recast 1896
    4th (of 8) 7-0-0 36½" A 1754 Lester & Pack Never Recast 1911
    5th (of 8) 8-1-8 39" G 1754 Lester & Pack Never Recast 1911
    6th (of 8) 11-3-21 41¼" F♯ 1754 Lester & Pack Never Recast 1904
    7th (of 8) 13-2-0 45½" E 1754 Lester & Pack Never Recast 1911
    Tenor (of 8) 19-3-25 51" D 1754 Lester & Pack Never Recast 1911
    Subsequent recasts

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
    2nd (of 8) 5-2-0 C♯ 1896 John Warner & Sons Never Recast 1911
    3rd (of 8) 6-0-21 B 1896 John Warner & Sons Never Recast 1911
    6th (of 8) 10-2-16 F♯ 1904 John Warner & Sons Never Recast 1911
    History

    c964 Earliest church was built.
    1404 4 marks bequeathed by Richard Melchebourne (Vicar of Wrotham 1397 - 98) for the purchase of bells.
    1754 The 6 bells in the tower were recast into a ring of 8 by Lester & Pack.
    1896 2 & 3 recast by John Warner & Sons.
    1904 6th recast by John Warner & Sons and all were tuned.
    1911 Ring recast and rehung in a new frame by Gillett & Johnston. [1]
    1976 Bells overhauled by Gillett & Johnston.

    [1] Old bells weighed 5-3-0, 5-2-0, 6-0-21, 7-0-0, 8-1-8, 10-2-16, 13-2-0, 19-3-25' ('Gillett order book, 16 Feb 1911)
    Literary collection

  • "St George, Wrotham, Kent", Author unknown (The Ringing World) 11 March 1977
  • Peal boards

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1884

  • Dec 1883: 5040 Grandsire Triples

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    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1984

  • Apr 1984: 5040 Plain Bob Major (Wedding: Daniel Canfield and Nicola Mallard)

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    Framed card Performance Board dated approx. 1949

  • Mar 1949: 5056 Plain Bob Major (13th birthday compliment to the conductor, John L Morris.)

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    Framed card Performance Board dated 2000


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    Framed card Bell/Restoration Detail Board dated 1911


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    Timber Memorial Board dated approx. 1801


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    Painted on wall Memorial Board dated approx. 1799


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 29 February 2020


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