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Kemsing, St Mary the Virgin


Photo: Dickon Love

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 4-1-5 in D.
  • Grid Ref: TQ556588
  • Complete ring cast at the same time
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1991 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Tonbridge
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
® Treble 1-2-2220" B 1991 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® 2 1-3-1721" A 1991 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® 3 2-0-2522" G 1991 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® 4 2-1-2123" F♯ 1991 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® 5 3-1-1125⅜" E 1991 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® Tenor 4-1-528" D 1991 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
Service Bell 5-3-2534½" A William WakefieldNever

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

Prior to 1991

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterNoteDateFounderRetunedFate
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)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
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.

Articles

  • "Six bells and a band for Kemsing", Lewis, Catherine M (The Ringing World) 25 October 1991
  • Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-06-265040 Minor
    2019-03-185760 Spliced Surprise Minor
    2018-04-175040 Surprise Minor
    2017-11-235040 Surprise Minor
    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)
    1998-05-285040 Surprise Minor
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2020-03-101260 Plain Bob Minor
    2020-01-021260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2019-12-311260 Doubles (1p/2m)
    2019-11-251260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
    2019-11-011260 Doubles
    2019-07-271296 Minor
    2019-07-091320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2019-06-191280 Grandsire Doubles
    2019-06-181320 Spliced Surprise Minor
    2019-05-301260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2019-05-281260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2019-05-081260 Doubles
    2019-02-181260 Mixed Doubles
    2019-02-181260 Doubles
    2018-11-111260 Doubles
    2018-11-021260 Doubles
    2018-11-011260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2018-09-171260 Doubles
    2018-09-071260 Doubles
    2018-07-051320 Rossendale Surprise Minor
    2018-05-181260 Doubles
    2018-05-021320 Beverley Surprise Minor
    2018-04-091260 Doubles
    2018-03-291320 Kemsing Alliance Minor
    2018-03-191320 Elston Delight Minor
    Full list of peals on Bellboard here
    Full list of quarters on Bellboard here


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