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Upchurch, St Mary the Virgin


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Details of the Bells

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

Inscriptions

Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate

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 b (Bowell records)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2008-12-305040 Surprise Minor (14m)
2005-10-095040 Spliced Surprise Minor (13m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
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
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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