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Tunstall
 

Tunstall, St John the Baptist


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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 10-1-838½" G 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
7 7-1-634" A 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
6 6-0-1031½" B 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
5 5-0-2030" C 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
4 4-1-2028" D 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
3 4-1-026½" E 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
2 4-0-225½" F♯ 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Treble 4-0-025" G 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never

Inscriptions

The original ring of five

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
14-3-221596Robert MotNeverRecast 1843
25-0-171600Robert MotNeverRecast 1843
35-2-171702Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1843
47-3-71573Robert DoddesNeverRecast 1843
511-1-151630John WilnarNeverRecast 1843

The later ring of six which became eight

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Received 1975)
Weight
(Dispatched 1975)
Weight
(Supplied 1923)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
13-1-163-1-183-1-173-0-2624¼"1923Mears & StainbankNeverRecast 1995
23-1-203-2-03-1-103-2-1624 3/16"1923Mears & StainbankNeverRecast 1995
33-2-143-3-213-2-1026¾"1843Thomas Mears IINeverRecast 1995
44-0-64-2-264-0-828 1/16"1843Thomas Mears IINeverRecast 1995
54-1-164-3-184-1-1029⅞"1843Thomas Mears IINeverRecast 1995
65-3-46-0-195-3-231⅞"1843Thomas Mears IINeverRecast 1995
77-0-167-2-177-0-435"1843Thomas Mears IINeverRecast 1995
87-2-48-2-47-2-1336¾1843Thomas Mears IINeverRecast 1995

History

1573 4th (of 5) cast, founder unknown.
1596 Treble (of 5) cast by Robert Mot.
1600 2nd (of 5) cast by Robert Mot.
1630 Tenor (of 5) cast by John Wilnar.
1702 3rd (of 5) cast by Richard Phelps.
1843 The 5 bells were recast into a ring of 6 by Thomas Mears.
1850 The top part of the tower was pulled down and rebuilt with a high ridged roof.
1899 17th Nov. Tunstall Change Ringing Society founded.
1900 Bells rehung in a new wooden frame by Mears & Stainbank.
1923 2 trebles added to make 8 by Mears & Stainbank and hung in a new metal frame above the wooden one at the expense of Charles E. Homewood.
1975 Bells retuned and rehung in a new metal frame by Whitechapel.
1995 6th Oct. Bells recast with additional metal into a new peal of 8, and rehung with mostly new fittings by John Taylor.
1996 21st Jan. New ring dedicated by the R't Rev'd David Say.
1998 Gudgeon on the 5th broke and was replaced.

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-06-185024 Turramurra Surprise Major
2013-09-045056 Spliced Surprise Major
2010-12-275184 Ospringe Surprise Major
2010-05-155088 Berkshire Surprise Major
2009-06-205120 Bristol Surprise Major
2008-05-295120 Spliced Surprise Major
2008-03-145056 Spliced Surprise Major
2007-11-135088 Bristol Surprise Major
2006-11-145024 Hearts Delight Delight Major
2005-09-115088 Rutland Surprise Major
2004-12-295056 XAT Delight Major
2001-09-155024 Spliced Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-03-261284 Plain Bob Minor
2017-03-121260 Doubles (7m)
2017-02-261264 Plain Bob Major
2017-02-161344 Bob Major
2017-02-121272 Norwich Surprise Minor
2017-01-291269 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2017-01-091344 Rutland Surprise Major
2016-11-161272 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2016-11-141260 Grandsire Doubles
2016-11-091260 Bob Triples
2016-09-271269 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-09-111344 St Clement's College Bob Major
2016-07-101250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2016-05-151284 Plain Bob Minor
2016-05-141280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2016-04-191296 Duffield Major
2016-04-021260 Plain Bob Minor
2016-02-141272 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-01-231264 Plain Bob Major
2016-01-181280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2015-12-081280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2015-11-081274 Grandsire Triples
2015-05-151312 Ashtead Surprise Major
2015-01-111296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2014-12-311260 Plain Bob Triples
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Tunstall, A local house tba
Single hour bell

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