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Chelsfield
 

Chelsfield, St Martin of Tours


Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As received 1936)
Weight
(As dispatched 1936)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 5-0-625½" A♭ 2009 Taylors Eayre & Smith Never
2 5-1-226⅛" G 2009 Taylors Eayre & Smith Never
3 5-1-1027" F 2009 Taylors Eayre & Smith Never
4 4-3-85-0-54-3-1628" E♭ 1672 John Hodson, Whitechapel 1936 Mears & Stainbank
5 5-0-105-1-45-0-1330⅛" D♭ 1672 John Hodson, Whitechapel 1936 Mears & Stainbank
6 6-2-06-2-56-2-232" C 1672 John Hodson, Whitechapel 1936 Mears & Stainbank
7 8-0-268-1-218-1-535¼" B♭ 1672 John Hodson, Whitechapel 1936 Mears & Stainbank
Tenor 10-3-1411-0-1410-3-1539" A♭ 1672 John Hodson, Whitechapel 1936 Mears & Stainbank

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

Earlier bell

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble of 64-2-1127"E1936Mears & StainbankNeverRecast 2009

History

1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1672 Bells recast into a ring of 5 by John Hodson.
1880 Bells quarter-turned and rehung by Gillett & Bland in a new frame.
1936 Bells retuned and a Treble was added to make 6 by Mears & Stainbank.
1962 Ringing gallery built.
1993 Bells rehung by John Taylor. They were rededicated on 28th February.
2009 The treble was replaced with a bell the more closely matched the Hodson back 5, and two trebles were added in a similar style to make a ring of 8. The work was done by Taylors Eayre & Smith. The old treble was passed to the Keltek Trust.
[1] Item iij bells in the steple suted of brasse. Item on hand bell of brasse. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)

Articles

  • "St Martin of Tours, Chelsfield, Kent", Wilkins, Nicholas (The Ringing World) 25 August 1971
  • "The church on a gravelly knoll in Kent", Kemp, Brian (The Ringing World) 11 November 1994
  • "Three bells dedicated at Chelsfield", Barnes, John (The Ringing World) 3 December 2010
  • Gallery


    From a picture hanging in the church.
    Photo: Chelsfield church
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2017-11-185056 Spliced Surprise Major (10m)
    2017-10-275152 Glasgow Surprise Major
    2017-10-155056 Quedgeley Surprise Major
    2017-02-095088 Spliced Surprise Major
    2015-11-025024 Spliced Surprise Major (8 Methods)
    2014-11-295120 Bristol Surprise Major
    2014-10-275088 Alwalton Surprise Major
    2014-05-105088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2014-02-085024 Spliced Surprise Major
    2013-10-265088 Lessness Surprise Major
    2013-09-145040 Grandsire Triples
    2013-02-145056 Spliced Surprise Major
    2012-11-175088 Bristol Surprise Major
    2012-07-015088 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
    2012-02-185040 Grandsire Triples
    2011-12-285056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2011-10-285040 Stedman Triples
    2011-09-105040 Grandsire Triples
    2011-02-055056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2011-01-085040 Stedman Triples
    2011-01-035056 Virgo Surprise Major
    2010-12-225120 Turramurra Surprise Major
    2010-10-225088 London Surprise Major
    2010-10-095088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2010-07-225088 Superlative Surprise Major
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2018-04-031280 Kent Treble Bob Major
    2018-03-171260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2018-01-311250 I Can't Believe It's Not Real Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2018-01-241320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2018-01-021280 Plain Bob Major
    2017-12-231260 Plain Bob Triples
    2017-12-221260 Grandsire Triples
    2017-12-201272 Minor (3m)
    2017-11-291280 Bristol Surprise Major
    2017-11-231280 Bristol Surprise Major
    2017-11-231260 Doubles (5m)
    2017-09-271260 Doubles (3m)
    2017-08-301250 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2017-08-251260 Plain Bob Triples
    2017-08-241260 St Martin's Bob Triples
    2017-07-091344 Plain Bob Major
    2017-07-071280 Spliced Surprise Major (6m)
    2017-05-311280 Spliced Surprise Major (5m)
    2017-05-111260 Grandsire Triples
    2017-03-221280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2017-02-171260 Grandsire Triples
    2017-01-161260 Julie McDonnell Doubles
    2017-01-161260 Julie McDonnell New Bob Triples
    2016-11-301250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2016-11-131260 Grandsire Doubles
    Full list of peals here
    Full list of quarters here

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