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Monkton
 

Monkton, St Mary Magdalene


Photo: Richard Offen, 2007

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 7-0-934¹⁄₁₆" A 1880 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 2013 John Taylor & Co
3 5-0-332" B 1615 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 2011 John Taylor & Co
2 3-2-1328½" C♯ 1661 Thomas Palmar I Never
Treble 3-1-2227¼" D 1633 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 2011 John Taylor & Co

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

The missing tenor.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor1661Thomas Palmar IINeverScrapped in the 19th Cent and pit left empty until 2014

History

1615 3rd (of 4) cast by Joseph Hatch.
1633 Treble (of 4) cast by Joseph Hatch.
1661 2nd and tenor (of 4) cast by Thomas Palmar. The tenor has since disappeared.
1800 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [1]
1911 The bells were tuned and rehung in a new iron frame by John Taylor for 4 bells. (Job completed 18th February.)
2014 A bell, which was the 3rd of a ring of six at Sandiacre, was acquired in September 2012 as that ring was remodelled in 2013. A deposit was paid to John Taylor & Co by a member of the KCACR who had known Monkton well for over 40 years and had vowed to see the 4th pit filled. A generous parishioner paid the balance. The remaining funds were raised by local effort assisted by the KCACR. The headstock and clapper came from St Mary, Pulborough, Sussex, where a bell was being recast. The bell arrived in Monkton on 18th January, and was dedicated by the Bishop of Dover on 9th February 2014. The service included a short organ premiere based on the new tenor inscription "Once More We're Four". A new inscription was attached to the bell using epoxy resin.
[1] The church, which is exempted from the archdeacon, is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen; it consists at present of only one isle and one chancel, having a square tower at the west end, in which is a very antient spiral staircase of wood. There are four bells ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 10', Edward Hasted)

Gallery


The "new" tenor, in 2014.
Photo: David Cawley

The frame in 2014 awaiting the "new" tenor.
Photo: David Cawley

The empty pit in the 1911 frame is painted ready for the "new" tenor
Photo: David Cawley
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2015-05-301272 Plain Bob Minimus
2015-04-081272 Minimus (2m)
2011-10-011260 Original Singles
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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