Quex Park, Waterloo Tower

Photo: Dickon Love

  • 12 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 14¾ cwt approx. in F
  • Grid Ref: TR310680
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1818 Charles Oliver, made of timber (back 8) 1951 Mears & Stainbank (front 4 originally above the 8, then moved below the 8 in 1981)
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: II Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower (Felstead Database)

  • Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)

    (As supplied in 1818)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    ® Treble 3-0-2 22" C 1951 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat Never
    ® 2 3-3-20 24" B♭ 1951 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat Never
    ® 3 4-1-7 25" A 1951 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat Never
    ® 4 5-0-26 27" G 1951 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat Never
    ® 5 5½ cwt approx. 5-2-14 29" F 1818 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel Removed Never
    ® 6 5¾ cwt approx. 5-3-4 30" E 1818 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel Removed Never
    ® 7 6 cwt approx. 6-1-11 30½" D 1818 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel Removed Never
    ® 8 6½ cwt approx. 6-3-25 33½" C 1818 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel Removed Never
    ® 9 8-2-11 34½" B♭ 1989 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
    ® 10 9½ cwt approx. 9-3-4 38" A 1818 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel Removed Never
    ® 11 11 cwt approx. 11-2-7 40¼" G 1818 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel Removed Never
    ® Tenor 14¾ cwt approx. 15-1-20 45½" F 1818 Thomas Mears II, Whitechapel Removed Never

    ® - Hung for full circle ringing

    Bellframes

    Position Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
    Layout
    Lower belfry 1 1,2,3,4 1982 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Metal
    Upper belfry 2 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 1818 C Oliver Timber 8.3
    Inscriptions on the Bells

    How the bells are tuned

    The 4 trebles to 1951

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Treble 3-1-19 24" 1818 Thomas Mears I Never Recast 1951
    2nd 3-3-0 24½" 1818 Thomas Mears I Never Nearly the same note as the 3rd. Recast 1951.
    3rd 4-0-20 25½ 1818 Thomas Mears I Never Nearly the same note as the 2nd. Recast 1951.
    4th 4-2-6 26" 1818 Thomas Mears I Never Recast 1951
    The original 9th

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Date Founder Retuned Fate
    9th 8-1-9 35¾" 1818 Thomas Mears I Never Recast 1989
    History

    1818 The Waterloo Tower was built and 12 bells cast by Thomas Mears.
    1819 The new bells were hung in the tower by Charles Oliver in March and were official opened on 4th August.
    1951 Front 4 bells recast and rehung by Mears & Stainbank who also rehung the remainder on ball bearings.
    1982 Bells rehung by Whitechapel with entirely new fittings. The trebles were rehung in a new frame beneath the back 8. The canons were removed from the back 8 in the tower so they were never subsequently reweighed.
    1989 9th bell broke in an accident and was recast by Whitechapel.

    Videos

    Literary collection

  • "The Waterloo Tower, Quex Park, Birchington-on-Sea", Author unknown (The Ringing World) 24 August 1979
  • "Stained glass peal board restored at Quex", Basford, Hazel (The Ringing World) 1 May 1985
  • "Disaster at Quex - the full story", Basford, Hazel (The Ringing World) 7 July 1989
  • " Further news of Quex", Author unknown (The Ringing World) 1 September 1989
  • "Back to twelve at Quex", Sheekey, D (The Ringing World) 24 November 1989
  • "Quex well and truly quartered", Love, Dickon R (The Ringing World) 29 November 1991
  • "The Squire's Toy", Offen, Richard C (The Ringing World and Lovesguide) 1 January 2004
  • Pictures of the tower


    Looking up into the spire.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 Aug 2019

    The tower.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 Aug 2019
    Pictures of the belfry


    The upper belfry (back 8).
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 Aug 2019

    The upper belfry.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 Aug 2019
    Pictures of the ringing room


    During the ringing.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 Aug 2019
    Peal boards

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1980

  • Jan 1952: 5040 Grandsire Triples (1st on the bells since rehanging)
  • May 1980: 5040 Plain Bob Triples (160th anniversary of the 1st peal by the Quex Ringers)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1983

  • Apr 1982: 5000 Plain Bob Royal (1st on the bells since rehanging)
  • May 1983: 5060 Plain Bob Cinques (1st 12 bell peal by the Society)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 2007

  • Dec 1989: 5056 Cambridge S Major (1st on the new 9th bell)
  • Feb 2007: 5039 Grandsire Caters (In memory of Christopher Powell-Cotton)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1903

  • May 1903: 5125 Stedman Caters
  • Oct 1903: 5040 Grandsire Triples (Marriage of Stanley G Twyman to Kit Golder)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1904

  • Mar 1904: 5040 Grandsire Triples
  • Apr 1904: 5007 Stedman Cinques

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1904

  • Apr 1904: 5007 Stedman Cinques
  • Apr 1904: 5088 Kent T B Maximus

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1902

  • Apr 1901: 5000 Stedman Caters
  • Mar 1902: 5019 Stedman Caters

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1902

  • Dec 1902: 5040 Grandsire Triples
  • Mar 1902: 5007 Stedman Caters

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1902

  • Mar 1902: 5040 Kent T B Royal
  • Jun 1902: 5040 Grandsire Triples

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1901

  • Apr 1901: 5088 Superlative S Major (1st in method on the bells)
  • Apr 1901: 5000 Kent T B Royal (1st Royal on the bells)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1892

  • Aug 1891 : 5040 Grandsire Triples
  • Mar 1892 : 5040 Double Norwich C B Major (1st in method on the bells)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1896

  • May 1891: 5021 Grandsire Caters
  • Sept 1896: 5040 Grandsire Triples

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1901

  • Sept 1898: 5040 Grandsire Triples
  • Mar 1901: 5040 Grandsire Triples

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1887

  • May 1887 : 5040 Grandsire Triples (Birthday of Queen Victoria)
  • Jun 1887 : 5040 Grandsire Triples (Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1891

  • Dec 1888 : 5040 Grandsire Triples
  • Dec 1891 : 5002 Stedman Cinques (1st in method on the bells)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1891

  • Mar 1891 : 5040 Kent T B Maximus (1st Maximus on the bells)
  • Mar 1891 : 5021 Grandsire Caters

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1887

  • Mar 1887 : 5040 Grandsire Triples
  • Apr 1887 : 5040 Grandsire Triples

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1885

  • May 1885 : 5040 Grandsire Triples
  • May 1885 : 5040 Grandsire Triples

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1886

  • Oct 1885 : 5040 Grandsire Triples
  • Jan 1886 : 5040 Grandsire Triples

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1886

  • Mar 1886 : 5040 Grandsire Triples
  • Jul 1886 : 5040 Grandsire Triples (SRCY peal book says Sun 13 June)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1820

  • Aug 1819 : 5213 Grandsire Cinques (1st peal on the (12) bells)
  • May 1820: 5040 Grandsire Triples

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1884

  • Jun 1884 : 5040 Grandsire Triples
  • Aug 1884 : 5073 Stedman Caters (SRCY peal book says 3 Aug, which was a Sunday)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1884

  • Aug 1884 : 5003 Grandsire Caters (SRCY peal book says 4 Aug, which was a Monday)
  • Dec 1884 : 5040 Grandsire Triples

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Bell/Restoration Detail Board dated approx. 1951


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Stained glass Performance Board dated approx. 1820

  • May 1820: 5040 Plain Bob Triples

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Framed card Performance Board dated approx. 1976

  • Feb 1976: 5080 Plain Bob Royal (To congratulate Bert Luck on 50 years membership of the KCACR)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Framed card Performance Board dated approx. 1991

    Bells elsewhere in the parish


    Page updated: 1 April 2016