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Sutton at Hone
 

Sutton at Hone, St John the Baptist


  • 4 bells hung dead and chimed with Ellacombe hammers
  • Tenor: 8-0-12
  • Grid Ref: TQ736693
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As supplied)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
1 3-3-1828" D 1968 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
2 4-1-329⅛" C♯ 1968 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever
3 6-0-932½" B 1727 Samuel Knight, Southwark? 1968 Whitechapel
4 8-0-1235" A 1862 George Mears & Co., Whitechapel? 1968 Whitechapel

Inscriptions

Prior to 1968

Bell DiameterDateFounderFate
Treble (of 3)27½"15 centUnknownRecast 1968

Prior to 1862

Bell DateFounderFate
Tenor (of 3)UnknownRecast 1862

History

c 1330 In the first half of the 14th Century, a bell was cast by Peter de Weston, later acting as the tenor.
c 1450 In the 15th Century, a bell was cast, forming the treble of a future 3. It was apparently cast in two goes as there was a distinct horizontal crack all round, a ˝in band with two narrow ones, one on each side, and very coarse."
1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1727 The middle bell was recast by Samuel Knight.
1862 The tenor was recast at Whitechapel by George Mears [2]
1968 The treble was recast and another bell added by Mears & Stainbank. The inscription on the former tenor was specially made from Richard Kimber's drawings at Whitechapel. The four bells were rehung as a manual chime. Fragments of the old bell are still preserved at the Foundry.
[1] Item iij bells suted in the steple and a dollyng bell iij sacryng bells in the Quere. (1552 Inventory)
[2] Bell 8-0-21 and repairs to fittings of the other bells, £77.6.5 (Whitechapel Daybook, 15th Sept 1862)

Gallery


The 1968 treble and second hanging from their beams.
Photo: David Cawley, 29 Mar 1969


Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 9 April 2020