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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)
Weight
(As supplied in 1818)
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.5-2-1429" F 1818 Thomas Mears II Never
6 5¾ cwt approx.5-3-430" E 1818 Thomas Mears II Never
7 6 cwt approx.6-1-1130½" D 1818 Thomas Mears II Never
8 6½ cwt approx.6-3-2533½" C 1818 Thomas Mears II Never
9 8-2-1134½" B♭ 1989 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
10 9½ cwt approx.9-3-438" A 1818 Thomas Mears II Never
11 11 cwt approx.11-2-740¼" G 1818 Thomas Mears II Never
Tenor 14¾ cwt approx.15-1-2045½" 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
  • Peal Boards

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1980
    17 Jan 1952: 5040 Grandsire Triples (1st on the bells since rehanging)
    26 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
    17 Apr 1982: 5000 Plain Bob Royal (1st on the bells since rehanging)
    14 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
    30 Dec 1989: 5056 Cambridge S Major (1st on the new 9th bell)
    25 Feb 2007: 5039 Grandsire Caters (In memory of Christopher Powell-Cotton)

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1903
    30 May 1903: 5125 Stedman Caters
    18 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
    12 Mar 1904: 5040 Grandsire Triples
    02 Apr 1904: 5007 Stedman Cinques

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1904
    03 Apr 1904: 5007 Stedman Cinques
    03 Apr 1904: 5088 Kent T B Maximus

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1902
    07 Apr 1901: 5000 Stedman Caters
    29 Mar 1902: 5019 Stedman Caters

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1902
    11 Dec 1902: 5040 Grandsire Triples
    30 Mar 1902: 5007 Stedman Caters

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1902
    30 Mar 1902: 5040 Kent T B Royal
    08 Jun 1902: 5040 Grandsire Triples

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1901
    06 Apr 1901: 5088 Superlative S Major (1st in method on the bells)
    07 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
    29 Aug 1891: 5040 Grandsire Triples
    27 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
    03 May 1891: 5021 Grandsire Caters
    27 Sept 1896: 5040 Grandsire Triples

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1901
    11 Sept 1898: 5040 Grandsire Triples
    16 Mar 1901: 5040 Grandsire Triples

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1887
    24 May 1887: 5040 Grandsire Triples (Birthday of Queen Victoria)
    21 Jun 1887: 5040 Grandsire Triples (Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee)

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1891
    15 Dec 1888: 5040 Grandsire Triples
    29 Dec 1891: 5002 Stedman Cinques (1st in method on the bells)

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1891
    30 Mar 1891: 5040 Kent T B Maximus (1st Maximus on the bells)
    30 Mar 1891: 5021 Grandsire Caters

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1887
    24 Mar 1887: 5040 Grandsire Triples
    28 Apr 1887: 5040 Grandsire Triples

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1885
    22 May 1885: 5040 Grandsire Triples
    23 May 1885: 5040 Grandsire Triples

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1886
    17 Oct 1885: 5040 Grandsire Triples
    30 Jan 1886: 5040 Grandsire Triples

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1886
    13 Mar 1886: 5040 Grandsire Triples
    13 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
    04 Aug 1819: 5213 Grandsire Cinques (1st peal on the (12) bells)
    26 May 1820: 5040 Grandsire Triples

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Metal Performance Board dated approx. 1884
    01 Jun 1884: 5040 Grandsire Triples
    04 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
    05 Aug 1884: 5003 Grandsire Caters (SRCY peal book says 4 Aug, which was a Monday)
    27 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
    26 May 1820: 5040 Plain Bob Triples

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 4 August 2019

    Framed card Performance Board dated approx. 1976
    14 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

    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-08-045200 Stedman Cinques
    2019-05-125088 Spliced Surprise Maximus (3m)
    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.
    2019-08-171260 Plain Bob Minor
    2019-08-171260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2019-08-171320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
    2019-08-171260 Mixed Doubles
    2018-09-121296 Kent Treble Place Caters
    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 on Bellboard here
    Full list of quarters on Bellboard 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