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 (Felstead Database)

  • 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 4-0-19 26" F♯ 1993 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
    ® 2 Philip 4-0-20 26¹⁵⁄₁₆" E♯ 1993 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
    ® 3 Gabriel 4-2-14 28" D♯ 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
    ® 4 Hugh 5-2-13 30½" C♯ 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
    ® 5 Augustine 6-2-22 32½" B 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
    ® 6 Mary Magdalene 7-1-26 34" A♯ 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
    ® 7 Michael 10-1-11 38" G♯ 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
    ® Tenor George 14-1-9 42½" F♯ 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never

    ® - Hung for full circle ringing

    Bellframes

    Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
    Layout
    1 All bells 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Cast iron 8.3.A.h
    8.3
    Inscriptions on the Bells

    The chiming bells lost in the first of 1989

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Treble 4-2-18 28" F 1900 Gillett & Johnston Never Broken up 1989
    2nd 5-3-0 30" G♯ 1900 Gillett & Johnston Never Broken up 1989
    3rd 6-3-16 32" D♯ 1900 Gillett & Johnston Never Broken up 1989
    4th 9-3-25 39½" C♯ 1900 Gillett & Johnston Never Broken up 1989
    Tenor 14-2-0 44" F♯ 1900 Gillett & Johnston Never Broken up 1989
    The original church bell

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Single bell 4 cwt approx. 25½" 1864 John Warner & Sons Never Assumed 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.
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    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

  • 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

  • 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

    Bells elsewhere in the parish


    Page updated: 1 April 2016