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Bredgar, St John the Baptist


  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 9-2-6 in G.
  • Grid Ref: TQ879603
  • Rung from: Ground Floor
  • Frame: 1967 Mears & Stainbank
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 3-3-1 E 1967 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat 1967 Mears & Stainbank
® 2 4-0-27 D 1967 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Flat 1967 Mears & Stainbank
® 3 4-3-2030¼" C 1692 Jacob Bartlet, Whitechapel Conventional 1967 Mears & Stainbank
® 4 5-3-2232³⁄₁₆" B 1650 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Conventional 1967 Mears & Stainbank
® 5 7-1-2235¹¹⁄₁₆" A 1579 Robert Mot, Whitechapel Conventional 1967 Mears & Stainbank
® Tenor 9-2-639" G 1634 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Conventional 1967 Mears & Stainbank

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Tenor (of 5)11-2-2540½"1842Thomas Mears IINeverRecast into 2 trebles, 1967
Tenor (of 5)11-2-8Pre-reformationUnknownNeverRecast 1842

History

1579 Present 5th cast (then the 3rd)
1634 Present tenor cast (then the 4th)
1650 Present 4th cast (then the 2nd)
1692 Present 3rd cast (then the treble).
1760 Record of 5 bells, the tenor of which was dedicated to St John, and struck the hours.
1842 Pre-Reformation tenor recast by Thomas Mears.
1967 Tenor scrapped, the Lydian ring of 5 bells were retuned into a diatonic scale and rehung with 2 new trebles to form a ring of 6, by Mears & Stainbank.

Articles

  • "Bredgar's historic bells ring out again", Cawley, David L (The Ringing World) 27 October 1967
  • Gallery


    The Rev. Stanley Evans, vicar, helps to manhandle one of the bells.
    Photo: David Cawley collection.
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2016-07-235040 Spliced Surprise Minor (41m)
    2012-08-275040 Minor (3m)
    2005-03-095040 Surprise Minor (6 methods)
    1998-12-125040 Surprise Minor
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2020-03-061296 York Surprise Minor
    2019-12-222520 Plain Bob Doubles
    2019-11-171260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2019-05-101260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
    2019-01-011260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2018-11-301260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2018-09-091296 Kentish Surprise Minor
    2018-06-241260 Mixed Doubles
    2018-06-091260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2018-03-151296 Naan Bread Surprise Minor
    2018-03-091320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
    2017-12-301260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2017-11-301260 Plain Bob Minor
    2017-11-251260 Doubles
    2017-11-041260 St Simon's Bob Doubles
    2017-07-201260 Plain Bob Minor
    2017-06-091260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2017-05-051260 St Martin's Bob Doubles
    2017-03-091260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2017-02-161320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
    2016-11-091320 Kent Treble Bob Minor
    2016-06-111260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2015-11-281260 Grandsire Doubles
    2015-09-211260 Double Oxford Bob Minor
    2015-06-141275 Bastow Little Bob, Grandsire Doubles
    Full list of peals on Bellboard here
    Full list of quarters on Bellboard here


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