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Brabourne
 

Brabourne, St Mary the Blessed Virgin


Photo: Dickon Love

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As supplied 1917)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 3-3-1725¹⁄₁₆" G 2002 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
2 4-1-026³⁄₁₆" F♯ 2002 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
3 4-1-34-2-027¾" E 1917 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1966 Mears & Stainbank
4 4-3-265-1-929⅝" D 1917 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1966 Mears & Stainbank
5 5-2-931¹⁄₁₆" C 1656 William Hatch 1966 Mears & Stainbank
6 7-1-433⅜" B 1774 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel 1966 Mears & Stainbank
7 9-0-2737⅛" A 1774 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel 1966 Mears & Stainbank
Tenor 11-2-1539½" G 1605 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 1966 Mears & Stainbank

Inscriptions

Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 5)4-2-029"1656William HatchNeverRecast 1917
3rd (of 5)1656William HatchNeverRecast 1774.
4th (of 5)1656William HatchNeverRecast 1774.

History

1552 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [1]
I 1605 Present tenor cast.
1656 4 treble bells cast by William Hatch.
1699 -1702 Tower pulled down and rebuilt; the bells were rehung.
1758 Record of 5 bells.
1774 4th and 5th recast by Pack & Chapman.
1799 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [1]
1917 Treble recast and new treble added to make 6.
1918 Bells, with new bells, rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
1966 Bells retuned and rehung in a new frame for 8 with new fittings by Whitechapel. Only the 3rd and tenor retained their canons.
2002 Two trebles cast at Whitechapel and hung in the empty pits to complete the octave.
[1] Item iiij bells in the steple. Item one herse bell. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[1] The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, is a large handsome building, consisting of two isles and two chancels, having a square tower steeple at the west end, in which are five bells. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8.', Edward Hasted)

Articles

  • "An Augmentation at Brabourne", Lucas, Ray A (Written for Lovesguide and The Ringing World) 1 October 2002
  • Gallery


    The new treble.
    Photo: Ray Lucas

    The new 2nd.
    Photo: Ray Lucas

    The trebles being recast at Whitechapel.
    Photo: Ray Lucas

    Photo of the new treble and 2nd in 1917.
    Photo: Paul C Johnson
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2018-09-205054 Superlative Surprise Major
    2011-06-255152 Halifax Minster Delight Major
    2011-04-095088 Canada Delight Major
    2010-05-085088 Bristol Surprise Major
    2010-02-175120 Bloxham Surprise Major
    2008-09-205088 Superlative Suprise Major
    2008-06-145184 Pudsey Surprise Major
    2007-12-295024 Rutland Surprise Major
    2007-09-085040 St Simons Bob Triples
    2007-04-215056 Spliced Surprise Major
    2006-11-185056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2006-03-045056 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
    2005-10-085040 Stedman Triples
    2005-04-025040 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
    2004-05-015088 Bristol Surprise Major
    2003-08-165056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    1986-01-115040 Minor
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2018-09-131280 Painswick Surprise Major
    2018-04-181344 Rutland Surprise Major
    2017-07-071260 Grandsire Triples
    2017-07-011260 Stedman Triples
    2017-01-251250 Fylingdale Surprise Major
    2016-11-281260 600 Grandsire, 660 Plain Bob Doubles
    2015-05-101280 Pudsey Surprise Major
    2014-08-231260 Stedman Triples
    2014-07-141344 Watergate Surprise Jajor
    2014-04-121250 Spliced Surprise Major (4 Methods - Csbl)
    2014-01-081250 Turramurra Surprise Major
    2013-04-171250 Johannesburg Surprise Major
    2013-04-131260 Oxford Bob Triples
    2012-12-311288 Grandsire Triples
    2012-06-151260 Plain Bob Triples
    2012-04-211250 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2011-04-291260 Grandsire Triples
    2011-01-291280 London Surprise Major
    2010-11-211320 Plain Bob Minor
    2010-02-211288 Plain Bob Triples
    2010-01-011280 Bristol Surprise Major
    2008-12-271280 December Surprise Major
    2008-11-081260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2008-06-301344 Kanga Surprise Major
    2008-01-201320 Norwich 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