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Horton Kirby
 

Horton Kirby, St Mary


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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 6-1-232¾" B♭ 2011 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
7 4-2-529¾" C 1817 Thomas Mears II 1999 Whitechapel
6 4-0-1727½" D 1999 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
5 3-3-826⅜" E♭ 1999 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
4 3-1-2725⅛" F 1999 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
3 3-0-10 G 2000 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
2 2-2-2522¾" A 2007 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
Treble 2-2-1721¾" B♭ 2007 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never

Inscriptions

Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
2nd (of 3)5 cwt approx.1733Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1999 as 3 (of 5)
Tenor (of 8)5-2-2333"B♭1826Thomas Mears II1999 WhitechapelRecast 2011

History

1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1733 Bell cast by Richard Phelps.
c 1760 Hasted recorded 5 bells in the tower.
1817 Bell cast by Thomas Mears.
1826 Bell cast by Thomas Mears.
1887 Stahlschmidt noted 3 bells in the tower. The 1817 Mears bell was the treble, with the 1733 Phelps in the middle and the 1826 Mears bell as the tenor. He noted the disappearance ("long since") of the other two bells, but also noted the lower beams of the f
1999 The treble and tenor were tuned to become the back two bells of a ring of 6. The broken middle bell was recast and 2 bells added to make 5, hung in a frame for 6. The work was done by Whitechapel.
2000 A treble was cast and installed in the empty pit with help from the Kent CACR. The completed ring of 6 was dedicated by the Bishop of Tonbridge on 26th November.
2007 Bells augmented to 8 with the addition of two trebles.
2011 The inferior tenor was recast at Whitechapel.
[1] Item iij bells in the steple suted of brasse. (Edwardian Inventory)

Gallery


The cracked middle bell from the old trio.
Photo: KCACR web site

The bell is carefully lowered to the ground by the Kent County Association Bell Restoration Group.
Photo: KCACR web site

Work in the belfry.
Photo: KCACR web site

The belfry on 29th March, 1969.
Photo: David Cawley, 29 Mar, 1969

The cracked segment of the bell is preserved in the ringing room.
Photo: Dickon Love, April 2002

The remains of the inscription on the cracked second appeared as follows.
Photo: Drawing by David Cawley

The cracked segment of the bell is preserved in the ringing room.
Photo: Drawing by David Cawley

The 2007 treble.
Photo: Sue Allport

The 2007 treble.
Photo: Sue Allport

The 2007 2nd.
Photo: Sue Allport
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-09-125088 Glasgow Surprise Major
2015-10-125024 Spliced Surprise Major
2015-05-165024 Bromford Surprise Major
2014-11-225090 90th Birthday Surprise Major
2014-08-305184 Spliced Surprise Major (5m)
2013-01-265024 Mangotsfield Delight Major
2011-03-125040 Plain Bob Major
2010-06-045024 Bristol Surprise Major
2009-05-165024 Spliced Surprise Major
2008-12-295120 Cambridge Surprise Major
2008-09-275024 Spliced Surprise Major (4 Methods)
2007-12-155088 Superlative Surprise Major
2007-04-215040 Minor (7 methods)
2004-12-045040 Minor (6m)
2003-07-195040 Surprise Minor
2003-03-205040 Minor (3 methods)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-01-061260 Grandsire Triples
2016-11-161280 London Surprise Major
2015-12-301296 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2015-10-301260 Doubles (2m/V)
2015-06-051280 Spliced Surprise Major (2 M)
2015-02-221280 February Surprise Major
2015-01-121282 Pudsey Surprise Major
2014-03-221296 Little Bob Major
2014-03-211260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
2014-01-241260 Grandsire Triples
2013-06-231260 Plain Bob Doubles
2013-01-131299 Doubles (5m)
2012-12-011280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2012-06-091250 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2011-04-071260 Grandsire Triples
2010-10-291260 Plain Bob Minor
2010-08-161280 Superlative Surprise Major
2010-07-181260 Plain Bob Doubles
2010-07-171260 Grandsire Triples
2010-02-191280 Bristol Surprise Major
2010-01-091260 Plain Bob Doubles
2009-12-121260 Grandsire Triples
2009-05-041260 Grandsire Triples
2008-08-271260 Stedman Triples
2008-05-091250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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