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Sittingbourne, Sacred Heart (RC)


Photo: Dickon Love

  • 8 bells hung dead with electric solenoid hammers
  • Tenor: 3-0-27 in E.
  • Grid Ref: TQ901637
  • Frame: 2 tier timber frame, dated 1905 with 2,3,4,5 on top.
  • Diocese: Canterbury

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As received WBF 1983)
Weight
(Former pitch)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
1 0-2-1214⅝" E♭ 2000 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
2 0-2-18½0-2-2114⅞" D 1905 Felix van Aerschodt, Louvain, Belgium2000 Whitechapel
3 0-2-1615⅛" C 1905 Felix van Aerschodt, Louvain, Belgium2000 Whitechapel
4 0-3-181-0-0Formerly B. Former Flat 2nd (of 6)17¼" B♭ 1905 Felix van Aerschodt, Louvain, Belgium2000 Whitechapel
5 1-1-12Former Flat 4th of 619⅝" A♭ 1905 Felix van Aerschodt, Louvain, Belgium2000 Whitechapel
6 1-2-241-3-12Formerly G20½" G 1905 Felix van Aerschodt, Louvain, Belgium2000 Whitechapel
7 2-1-182-2-5Formerly F23⅛" F 1905 Felix van Aerschodt, Louvain, Belgium2000 Whitechapel
8 3-0-2725⅜" E♭ 2000 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
Service 1 0-2-25Formerly 2nd of 6.16¾ A♯ 1905 Felix van Aerschodt, Louvain, BelgiumNever
Service 2 1-1-21Formerly 4th of 6.19" G♯ 1905 Felix van Aerschodt, Louvain, BelgiumNever

How the bells are tuned

History

1905 A chime of 6 with a flat 2nd and 4th were cast and hung in the tower in a frame on 2 levels, with the 2,3,4,5 on top.
1983 The diatonic 6 bells were taken out of the tower and stored at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry pending restoration.
2000 On 21 Oct, bells 1,flat 2, 3, flat 4, 5 and 6 were tuned and a treble and tenor were added to create a chime of 8 which was hung in the tower. The flat 2nd was tuned down in favour of the former 3rd as the former 3rd had a very flat hum. The 2 and 4 were put on display in the church.

Gallery


Two pictures of the diatonic six lying on the floor in the yard of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
Photo: Dickon Love


Photo: Dickon Love

The remodelled chime are restored to the tower (2000), seen here with the Parish Priest. The 2 new Whitechapel bells can be clearly seen.
Photo: Frank Lewis


Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 30 May 2020