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

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)

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.
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.
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
2007-08-191344 Plain Bob Major
2007-07-311260 Grandsire Triples
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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