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Quex Park
 

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

Articles

  • "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
  • 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.
    2017-07-051346 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
    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