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Lee
 

Lee, St Margaret


Photo: David Cawley

  • 16 bells hung dead with clavier chime (formerly a ring of 8)
  • Tenor: 6-0-10 in C.
  • Grid Ref: TQ391757
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Diocese: Southwark
  • Building Listed Grade: II*. Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
12 6-0-1032" C 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
11 4-3-1029" D 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
10 3-3-1727" E 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
9 3-3-326" F 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
Sharp 9 3-2-625" F♯ 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
8 3-0-924" G 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
7 2-1-2622" A 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
Sharp 7 2-0-1721" A♯ 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
6 1-3-1720" B 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
5 1-2-2419" C 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
Sharp 5 1-2-1118" C♯ 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
4 1-1-517" D 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
3 0-3-2515½" E 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
2 0-2-2115" F 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
Sharp 2 0-2-2214½" F♯ 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
1 0-2-2114" G 1963 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel

Prior to 1963.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble4-1-2726"F1886Mears & StainbankNeverWeighed in 1886 as 4-2-3
2nd4-2-2128"E1874Mears & StainbankNeverWeighed in 1874 as 4-0-26
3rd5-0-1729½"D1874Mears & StainbankNeverWeighed in 1874 as 5-0-26
4th6-0-1631½"C1874Mears & StainbankNeverWeight in 1874 as 6-0-2
5th6-1-1933"B♭1840Thomas Mears IINeverWeighed in 1840 as 6-2-3
6th7-0-1334"A1840Thomas Mears IINeverWeighed in 1840 as 7-0-7
7th10-0-539"G1840Thomas Mears IINeverWeighed in 1840 as 10-0-4
Tenor14-1-1343"F1886Mears & StainbankNeverWeighed in 1886 as 14-1-5

History

1552 Record of 3 bells that used to hang in the old church across the road from the present one.
1813 -14 Church rebuilt by Joseph Gwilt.
1839 -41 Church rebuilt by John Brown of Norwich, architect.
1840 Dec 3 new bells were supplied by Mears & Stainbank with clappers, fittings and frame at the new church.
1841 April The 3 old church bells were taken by Mears & Stainbank in part exchange for the work they had done the previous year. Weights of two of them were listed as 5-2-12 and 6-2-4.
1874 3 more treble bells were added by Mears & Stainbank to create a minor 6.
1875 Church remodelled by James Brooks, architect.
1886 19th Feb Whitechapel Daybook records new treble and tenor supplied with two clappers and 2 pairs of gudgeons and shields, £110.15.6. The bells hung in a FIVE tier frame!
1895 -6 The 8 bells were rehung.
1956 10th Mar The bells became very awkward to ring and were undermining the fabric of the church. They were last rung (it is believed) on this date.
1963 The bells were recast into a chime of 16 in memory of Mildred Hunter who died at Lee in 1962. The bells were hung from the old frame. A clavier room was set up in the old ringing room where old peal boards are still preserved.

Gallery


North, Central & South Elevations: Central (main) frame 1874 for 6 bells; Side frames 1886 to accommodate 2 extra bells. Adapted 1963 to hold 16 chiming bells.
Photo: Sketch taken from a visit made by David Cawley in April, 2001.

East Elevation of bell frame as existing Main braces removed East Side only. Steel centre-posts inserted 1963 Transmission frame and bars fitted outside for 16 bell chime. West elevation mirrors original elevation of central 6-bell frame.
Photo: Sketch taken from a visit made by David Cawley in April, 2001.

Sketch plan of bells in frame. North is to the left. Top tier (originally holding 3 & 4 of 6) Centre tier (originally holding 2 & 5 of 6) (added on augmentation beneath; 6th bell moved) Base tier (originally holding 1 & 6 of 6) (added on augmentation
Photo: Sketch taken from a visit made by David Cawley in April, 2001.

Peal boards and details of the former ring of bells (commissioned as a condition of the faculty to recast the bells).
Photo: David Cawley, 2001

A better view of the old 5-tier timber frame.
Photo: David Cawley, 2001

The transmission frame and rods and some of the chiming bells, hung in the old bell frame.
Photo: David Cawley, 2001

Some of the chiming bells.
Photo: David Cawley, 2001

The clavier at work in the old ringing room of the tower. John Knox, Secretary of the British Carillion Society is at the clavier, watched by Clive Smith, Captain of Lichfield Cathedral and co-carilloneur at Saltley (who was in the band which last rang th
Photo: David Cawley, 2001

An image of the old church in 1795.
Photo: David Cawley collection

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