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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)
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: II. Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 14¾ cwt approx.45½" F 1818 Thomas Mears II Never
11 11 cwt approx.40¼" G 1818 Thomas Mears II Never
10 9½ cwt approx.38" A 1818 Thomas Mears II Never
9 8-2-1134½" B♭ 1989 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
8 6½ cwt approx.33½" C 1818 Thomas Mears II Never
7 6 cwt approx.30½" D 1818 Thomas Mears II Never
6 5¾ cwt approx.30" E 1818 Thomas Mears II Never
5 5½ cwt approx.29" F 1818 Thomas Mears II Never
4 5-0-2627" G 1951 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
3 4-1-725" A 1951 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
2 3-3-2024" B♭ 1951 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
Treble 3-2-022" C 1951 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

The 4 trebles to 1951

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble3-1-1924"1818Thomas Mears INeverRecast 1951
2nd3-3-024½"1818Thomas Mears INeverNearly the same note as the 3rd. Recast 1951.
3rd4-0-2025½1818Thomas Mears INeverNearly the same note as the 2nd. Recast 1951.
4th4-2-626"1818Thomas Mears INeverRecast 1951

The original 9th

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
9th8-1-935¾"1818Thomas Mears INeverRecast 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.
1981 Bells removed from the tower between Christmas and New Year.
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.

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2012-03-035042 Yorkshire Surprise Maximus
2009-08-185042 Yorkshire Surprise Maximus
2003-09-215042 Yorkshire Surprise Maximus
1985-06-235042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2013-10-261260 Grandsire Doubles
2010-08-211260 Grandsire Triples
2008-09-271259 Grandsire Caters
2006-12-161254 Grandsire Cinques
2006-03-041280 Plain Bob Major
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Quex Park, Museum Store
One or more bells in storage
Quex Park, Stables
Single bell

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