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Elmstone, Parish Church


Photo: Richard Offen, May 2004

  • 3 bells hung for swing chiming with levers
  • Tenor: 5¾ cwt approx. in B.
  • Grid Ref: TR262603
  • Rung from: Don't know / not applicable
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury


Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
҂ 1 3½ cwt approx.26" 1808 Thomas Mears & Son Never
҂ 2 3-3-1528" 1962 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
҂ 3 5¾ cwt approx.30⅜" B 1712 Richard Phelps, Whitechapel Never

҂  - Hung for swing chiming

Inscriptions

Former bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
1 (of 3)3-3-0c.26"1712Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1808
2 (of 3)3-2-2228½"1712Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1962.

History

1712 A ring of 3 bells was cast by Richard Phelps, at the same time as 5 for the neighbouring church of Preston.
1760 Record of 3 bells in the tower (Faussett). [1]
1793 Record of 3 bells (Cozens) along with the inscriptions. [2]
1808 Treble (of 3) recast by Thomas Mears I.
1962 Tower restored with new floors and bell frame. 2nd recast and bells retuned and rehung for chiming with lever-clappers by Mears & Stainbank. The treble and tenor were never weighed before or after retuning.
[1] This Church, which is small, but neat, consists of The Chancell, Body, and a North Isle. The Tower stands at The West End of the North Isle; in it hang 3 Bells, all made by Richard Phelps - Anno 1712. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1760)
[2] The church consists of two small ailes and a chancel, and has a low square tower at the West end, containing three bells, on which are the following inscriptions: 1. "ROBERT WYBORNE, GENT. BENEFACTOR, R. F. E. 1712" 2. "WILLIAM GIBBS, CHVRCHWARDEN, Richard Phelps fecit, 1712." 3. "WILLIAM GIBBS, CHVRCHWARDEN, Richard Phelps made me, 1712." (A Tour the the Isle of Thanet and Some other Parts of East Kent, Cozens, Zechariah, 1793)



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