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Bickley, St George


Photo: Richard Offen

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 14-1-9 in F♯.
  • Grid Ref: TQ427690
  • Rung from: Open Gallery
  • Frame: 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Lewisham
  • Building Listed Grade: II Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

  • Sound clip of the bells(Dickon Love, 1 Apr 2004)

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble Anthony 4-0-1926" F♯ 1993 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 2 Philip 4-0-2026¹⁵⁄₁₆" E♯ 1993 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 3 Gabriel 4-2-1428" D♯ 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 4 Hugh 5-2-1330½" C♯ 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 5 Augustine 6-2-2232½" B 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 6 Mary Magdalene 7-1-2634" A♯ 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 7 Michael 10-1-1138" G♯ 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® Tenor George 14-1-942½" F♯ 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

The chiming bells lost in the first of 1989

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterNoteDateFounderRetunedFate
Treble4-2-1828"F1900Gillett & JohnstonNeverBroken up 1989
2nd5-3-030"G♯1900Gillett & JohnstonNeverBroken up 1989
3rd6-3-1632"D♯1900Gillett & JohnstonNeverBroken up 1989
4th9-3-2539½"C♯1900Gillett & JohnstonNeverBroken up 1989
Tenor14-2-044"F♯1900Gillett & JohnstonNeverBroken up 1989

The original church bell

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Single bell4 cwt approx.25½"1864John Warner & SonsNeverAssumed recast 1900

History

1863 Church built by Newton.
1864 John Warner cast a bell for the new church.
1866 Parish created from that of Ss Peter & Paul, Bromley.
1900 1st June 5 bells were installed as a chime in the tower by Gillett & Johnston. The Gillett order book records the order for a clock and bells, costing £570, together with the inscriptions. [1]
1989 6th April The church was gutted by fire which started in the organ in the tower. The bells were not destroyed, but were considered unworthy of preservation. One of the bells was broken up by the KCACR gang, although the others were removed intact.
1991 New ring of six installed in the tower in an 8-bell frame. The Church was rededicated by the Bishop of Rochester on 21st Dec.
1993 2 trebles added by Whitechapel.
[1] Order for clock and bells for Bickley, cost £570. Inscriptions 1. LORD THROUGH THIS HOUR. 2. BE THOU OUR GUIDE. 3. SO BY THY POWER. 4. NO FOOT SHALL SLIDE. 5. TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF / FREDERICK CHALMERS / THIS CLOCK IS DEDICATED / MDCCCC / WATCH YE THEREFORE & PRAY ALWAYS. (Gillett & Johnston Order Book)

Gallery


Treble
Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 2000

2nd
Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 2000

3rd
Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 2000

4th
Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 2000

5th
Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 2000

6th
Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 2000

7th
Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 2000

Tenor
Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 2000

Photograph of the church prior to the reconstruction of the spire in 1905/6.
Photo:

Photograph of the church prior to the reconstruction of the spire in 1905/6.
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Peal Boards

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1996
27 Apr 1996: 5152 Plain Bob Major (1st peal on the bells, on St George's Day.)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 31 December 2019

Timber Bell/Restoration Detail Board dated 1993

Photo: Dickon R Love, 31 December 2019

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1992
21 Dec 1991: 1296 Cambridge S Minor (1st quarter peal on the bells.)

Photo: Dickon R Love, 31 December 2019

Framed card Bell/Restoration Detail Board dated 1993

Photo: Dickon R Love, 31 December 2019

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-01-195056 Cambridge Surprise Major
2018-11-125088 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
2017-04-225024 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2014-01-185120 Bristol Surprise Major
2008-04-265056 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
2005-10-295024 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
2005-04-235088 Freehouse Surprise Major
2004-04-245152 Glasgow Surprise Major
2003-05-035056 Cambridge Surprise Major
2001-12-225040 Doubles (1p/6m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-01-221260 Plain Bob Minor
2017-07-221280 Lindum Surprise Major
2016-10-161260 Grandsire Triples
2014-10-271280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2014-01-151260 Plain Bob Minor
2012-11-241344 Upware Surprise Major
2012-09-081260 Plain Bob Triples
2010-06-121260 Grandsire Triples
2005-04-161344 Plain Bob Triples
2002-07-241260 Plain Bob Minor
1992-06-061260 Plain Bob Minor
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Bickley, Bickley Hall Stables


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