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Aldington
 

Aldington, St Martin


Photo: Dickon Love

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Recorded 1774 (cast wt))
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 13-3-1142¾" F 1928 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1928 Mears & Stainbank
5 10-1-2510-3-1839½" G 1774 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel 1928 Mears & Stainbank
4 8-1-89-0-1136½" A 1774 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel 1928 Mears & Stainbank
3 7-0-2733¾" B♭ 1928 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1928 Mears & Stainbank
2 5-3-236-1-331½" C 1774 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel 1928 Mears & Stainbank
Treble 5-3-36-0-830" D 1774 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel 1928 Mears & Stainbank

Inscriptions

Prior to 1928.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
37-1-233½"1774Pack & ChapmanNeverRecast 1928
613-2-2144"1774Pack & ChapmanNeverRecast 1928

Old Ring of 5 from 1774

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble1705John PeeleNeverRecast 1774
21705John PeeleNeverRecast 1774
31705John PeeleNeverRecast 1774
41705John PeeleNeverRecast 1774
Tenor1705John PeeleNeverRecast 1774

History

1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
1705 New ring of 5 bells cast by John Peele.
1759 Record of 5 bells. [2]
1774 Bells recast into a ring of 6 by Pack & Chapman. This was a complete Maiden peal (although the tenor was said to have been a poor bell).
1799 Record of 6 bells in the tower. [3]
1911 Battlements added to the tower.
1928 3rd and tenor recast; all the bells rehung in a new frame. Although hung in a 6-bell frame, it is clear that the foundation has been designed with a view to future augmentation (and there is plenty of space). However, the position of the two additional pi
1991 Tower found to be extremely unsafe and the church was shut for over a year while emergency repairs were carried out and a ring beam fitted.
[1] Item iij bells in the steple. (Edwardian Inventory)
[2] "This Church consists of The Great and South Chancells, The Body and an Isle to the South. At the West End stands the Tower, which is very high, & commands a very extensive Prospect of The Sea, Coast of France etc (sic). In it hang 5 heavy Bells, all cast (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1759)
[3] The church, which is dedicated to St. Martin, is large and handsome, and consists of tow isles and two chancels, having at the west end a handsome tower steeple, well and strongly built, the top of it being covered with lead, flat and without battlements, ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8.', Edward Hasted)

Pictures of the bells


Belfry pictures
Photo: Dickon Love


Photo: Dickon Love


Photo: Dickon Love


Photo: Dickon Love
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2014-02-225040 Spliced Surprise Minor (41m)
2010-05-225040 Minor (6m)
2007-01-275040 Plain Bob Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-06-031260 Doubles (1p/5m)
2013-10-311320 Norwich Surprise Minor
2013-03-231260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
2012-06-151260 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles
2012-06-051260 Plain Bob Minor
2010-12-301320 Norwich Surprise Minor
2010-04-052160 (3 methods)
2006-03-111296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1977-12-221260 Plain Bob Minor
1977-06-131296 Beverley Surprise Minor
1976-10-181272 Oxford Treble Bob Minor
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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