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Lewisham
 

Lewisham, St Mary the Virgin


Photo: Dickon Love, Apr 2003

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As received 1894)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 21-1-1450" E♭ 1777 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel Never
7 16-3-1945¾" F 1894 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
6 8-3-1812-0-2141" G 1743 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel 1894 John Taylor
5 9¼ cwt approx.38" A♭ 1777 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel Never
4 7-1-1335" B♭ 1894 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
3 6-2-1033" C 1819 Thomas Mears II Never
2 6-0-1130½" D 1895 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Treble 5¼ cwt approx.29½" E♭ 1819 Thomas Mears II Never

Inscriptions

The 1766 ring of 8

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)5-1-1028"F1766Lester & PackNeverScrapped 1777
2nd (of 8)5-2-929½"E1766Lester & PackNeverRecast or retuned to E 1777 to become 1 of 8. Recast 1819.
3rd (of 8)6-1-1331"D1766Lester & PackNeverBecame 2 of 8 in 1777. Scrapped at 6-0-12 in 1895.
4th (of 8)7-0-2332¾"C1766Lester & PackNeverBecame 3 of 8 in 1777. Recast 1819.
5th (of 8)7-2-1335"B♭1766Lester & PackNeverBecame 4 of 8 in 1777. Recast 1859.
6th (of 8)8-3-1837"A1766Lester & PackNeverBecame 5 of 8 in 1777. Recast 1877.
7th (of 8)11-2-2339¾"G1766Lester & PackNeverBecame 6 of 8 in 1777. Recast 1776.
Tenor (of 8)15-2-1644½"F1766Lester & PackNeverBecame 7 of 8 in 1777. Recast 1896.

Former 4th

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
4th (of 8)7-1-1335"B♭1859John Warner & SonsNeverRecast 1896. Weight from FER (source unknown).

History

1471 Plans to build the tower were drawn up.
1512 Tower completed.
1552 Record of 4 bells. [1]
1743 A bell was cast that was later recast into the present 6th.
1766 A new ring of 8 bells was cast by Lester & Pack at Whitechapel.
1774 - 7 Church and tower rebuilt by George Gibson, Junior, architect.
1777 Whole ring remodelled into a heavier one. A new tenor was added and the 6th was recast acting as the new 5th. The 7th was recast the previous year to form the new 6th.
1819 Treble and 3rd recast by Thomas Mears.
1894 The 7th had become cracked in the crown and was recast by John Taylor (completed 24th Mar). The 6th was also retuned at this time (completed 12th Mar).
1895 The 2nd had become cracked and was recast by John Taylor.
1896 4th recast by John Taylor who rehung all the bells in a new frame. [2]
1950 Bells rehung on ball bearings by Mears & Stainbank. It seems certain that the bells never left the tower.
1991 Tower roof repaired.
[1] Item iiij greate bells of brasse sutyd in the Steple. Item on sants bell of brasse called the morowmas bell. Item on hand bell & ij sacryng bells of brasse. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] "Ex Lewisham, one cracked bell nett 6-0-12." Could refer to old 2nd though the Job Book says it was recast on 4th Sept 1895. It is possible though that the new 2nd was recast before the old 2nd was entered into the Furnace Book. (Taylor furnace book, 11 Feb, 1896)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-12-105024 Spliced Surprise Major
2003-04-055056 Cambridge Surprise Major
1988-03-275040 Grandsire Triples
1879-04-305040 Grandsire Triples
1856-02-145040 Grandsire Triples
1837-04-095040 Grandsire Triples
1833-12-095040 Grandsire Triples
1829-10-045040 Grandsire Triples
1829-05-075040 Plain Bob Major
1828-10-155040 Grandsire Triples
1788-08-035040 Grandsire Triples
1786-12-035280 Oxford Treble Bob Major
1785-10-095120 Oxford Treble Bob Major
1775-01-085040 Plain Bob Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-05-061260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-07-031440 London Surprise Minor
2016-06-191260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-06-051260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-05-011250 Bristol Surprise Major
2016-02-071250 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2015-11-011250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2015-07-301260 Grandsire Triples
2015-07-051260 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-03-011260 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-01-041344 Grandsire Triples
2014-07-061260 Grandsire Triples
2013-08-281280 Bristol Surprise Major
2013-06-161260 Stedman Triples
2013-03-031260 Grandsire Triples
2012-04-081280 Superlative Surprise Major
2012-03-041344 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2012-02-051312 Cambridge Surprise Major
2010-07-041260 Stedman Triples
2010-05-021344 Cambridge Surprise Major
2010-04-041260 Grandsire Triples
2010-03-071344 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2010-02-151260 Grandsire Triples
2010-02-071274 Plain Bob Triples
2010-01-031314 Bristol Surprise Major
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Brockley, Prendergast School

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