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Upchurch, St Mary the Virgin


  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 12-1-14 in F♯.
  • Grid Ref: TQ843675
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1923 Alfred Bowell, made of steel
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 4-2-728¾" D♯ 1866 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 1923 Alfred Bowell
® 2 5-0-829⅞" C♯ 1637 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Removed 1923 Alfred Bowell
® 3 5-3-2331⅜" B 1632 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Removed 1923 Alfred Bowell
® 4 7-2-034⅛" A♯ John Harding, London Removed 1923 Alfred Bowell
® 5 9-2-1837½" G♯ 1862 George Mears & Co., Whitechapel Removed 1923 Alfred Bowell
® Tenor 12-1-1440⁷⁄₁₆" F♯ 1862 George Mears & Co., Whitechapel Removed 1923 Alfred Bowell

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DateFounderFate
5th (of 6?)9-3-14UnknownRecast 1862.
Tenor (of 6?)UnknownRecast 1862.

History

c 1550 Bell cast by John Harding (now the present 4th).
1632 Present 3rd cast.
1637 Present 2nd cast.
1862 Present 5th and 6th cast.
1866 Present treble cast.
1891 Bells rehung.
1925 Bells retuned (without much success) and rehung in a new frame by Alfred Bowell. [1]
1960 Ringing stopped as the tower was deemed to be unsafe.
1966 Bells made ringable again.
[1] 1925 Oct: To rehanging the six bells £230. Chiming apparatus £12. Total £242. Paid cq. on a/c £125 17 Oct 1925. cq. £113 12 Nov 1925. [Balance £4 noted as "discount". Account marked "settled".] 1931 30 Sept: To one best bell ropes & postage £1-2-0. Paid by cq. 27 Oct 1931. (Bowell records)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2008-12-305040 Surprise Minor (14m)
2005-10-095040 Spliced Surprise Minor (13m)
1949-05-145040 Plain Bob Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-10-261269 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2017-04-101320 Oxford Treble Bob Minor
2016-05-051260 Grandsire Doubles
2015-09-031260 Grandsire Doubles
2014-05-311320 Double Court Bob Minor
2014-03-221260 Plain Bob Doubles
2004-08-282160 Surprise Minor
1976-03-201260 Plain Bob Minor
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here


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