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Kemsing
 

Kemsing, St Mary the Virgin


Photo: Dickon Love

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 4-1-528" D 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
5 3-1-1125⅜" E 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
4 2-1-2123" F♯ 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
3 2-0-2522" G 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
2 1-3-1721" A 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
Treble 1-2-2220" B 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
Service Bell 5-3-2534½" A William Wakefield Never

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

Prior to 1991

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 3)5-1-26c.31"C♯1891John Taylor & Co.NeverRecast 1991
2nd (of 3)6-3-8c.32"B1891John Taylor & Co.NeverRecast 1991

Prior to 1891

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 2)6-1-732"1395-1420William WodewardeNeverRecast 1891

History

1395 -1429 Bell cast by William Wodewarde (eventual treble of 2).
1616 - 1632 Bell cast by William Wakefield. While it was lighter than the other bell, its pitch made it the tenor of the two.
1826 Treble (of 2) repaired as it was cracked (but not recast).
1891 Treble (of 2) recast by John Taylor and another treble was added to make 3.
1991 8th Aug. 6 new bells were cast at Whitechapel on 8 Aug using the metal of the previous treble and second plus additional metal. The old tenor was rehung independently as a service bell. They were first rung on 29th Aug and dedicated on 22 Sept.

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-11-305040 Spliced Surprise Minor
2016-06-025040 Spliced Surprise Minor
2016-02-045040 Surprise Minor
2016-01-075040 Surprise Minor
2015-08-135040 Surprise Minor
2015-05-195040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2014-11-065040 Surprise Minor
2014-08-235040 Surprise Minor (6m)
2014-05-255040 Surprise Minor (7 methods)
2011-08-255040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2009-10-245040 Minor
2009-05-025040 Surprise Minor (7 Methods)
2008-09-205040 Minor
2005-07-165040 Plain Minor (2m)
2003-07-195040 Surprise Minor (7m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-09-021260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-08-311260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-05-311260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-05-191320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2017-04-301260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-03-111260 Julie McDonnell Doubles
2017-02-101260 Doubles
2017-02-071260 Doubles
2016-10-241260 Doubles
2016-09-221260 Julie McDonnell Bob Doubles
2016-09-221296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-08-291260 Doubles
2016-08-161320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-07-131260 Doubles
2016-06-281260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-06-271320 Plain Bob Doubles and Minor
2016-06-121260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-06-061260 Doubles
2016-04-301296 Bedford Delight Minor
2016-04-271260 Plain Bob Minor
2016-04-211260 Doubles
2016-03-091260 Doubles
2016-01-261260 Doubles
2015-11-011260 Doubles
2015-10-301260 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