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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
Treble 4-0-025" G 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
2 4-0-225½" F♯ 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
3 4-1-026½" E 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
4 4-1-2028" D 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
5 5-0-2030" C 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
6 6-0-1031½" B 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
7 7-1-634" A 1995 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Tenor 10-1-838½" 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.
2017-06-175152 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
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
2002-04-275088 London Surprise Major
2001-09-155024 Spliced Surprise Major
1996-11-165024 Bristol Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-11-131260 Doubles (2m)
2018-11-111263 Stedman Triples
2018-10-281280 Plain Bob Major
2018-10-141260 Grandsire Doubles
2018-09-301284 Plain Bob Minor
2018-09-231260 Grandsire Triples
2018-09-091260 Doubles (3m)
2018-09-081280 Tunstall Surprise Major
2018-08-261260 Doubles (3m)
2018-08-121264 Plain Bob Major
2018-08-081260 Doubles (3m)
2018-07-291260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-07-221264 Plain Bob Major
2018-07-081260 Grandsire Doubles
2018-06-171260 Doubles (3m)
2018-06-101260 Plain Bob Minor
2018-05-271264 Plain Bob Major
2018-05-131260 Doubles (3m)
2018-04-151295 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2018-04-011260 Doubles (5m/1v)
2018-03-251287 Grandsire Triples
2018-03-231344 Painswick Surprise Major
2018-03-111280 Superlative Surprise Major
2018-02-251280 Plain Bob Major
2018-02-111295 Cambridge Surprise Minor
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