Bromley Common, St Luke

Photo: Dickon Love, Apr 2004

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 15-1-8 in F
  • Grid Ref: TQ414679
  • Complete ring cast at the same time
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1910 John Taylor & Co.
  • Denomination: Church of England
  • Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Lewisham
  • Peals rung at the tower (Felstead Database)

  • Sound clip of the ring of bells.(Dickon R Love, 1 Apr 2004)

    Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent) *
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    ® Treble 4-2-23 26¾" F 1910 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
    ® 2 4-2-2 27⅜" E 1910 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
    ® 3 5-0-25 29½" D 1910 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
    ® 4 6-0-14 31⅜" C 1910 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
    ® 5 7-1-13 34¼" B♭ 1910 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
    ® 6 7-3-3 35⁷⁄₁₆" A 1910 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
    ® 7 11-0-15 39½" G 1910 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never
    ® Tenor 15-1-8 44⁷⁄₁₆" F 1910 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Flat Never

    * Source of weight figures: Weights & diams JT&Co

    ® - Hung for full circle ringing

    Bellframes

    Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
    Layout
    1 All bells 1910 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Cast iron
    Inscriptions on the Bells

    Earlier bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Single bell 7-1-21 35" A 1890 Gillett & Johnston Never Replaced 1910.
    Single bell 0-0-14 Unknown Sold to Gillett & Johnston 1890
    History

    1886 -90 Church build by Arthur Causton. Whilst it had no tower, the church was equipped with a bell of 14lbs in a frame (founder unknown).
    1889 Parish created from Holy Trinity, Bromley Common. A 7½ cwt bell hung dead was ordered from Gillett & Co. [1]
    1890 The existing bell was replaced with the new bell by Gillett & Johnston for £45. It was hung on a new beam. The foundry took the old bell away together with the existing frame.
    1910 New tower built; ring of bells cast and hung by John Taylor. This work was done in memory of John Wheeler-Bennett, C.B.E., J.P. The fate of the old bell is not yet known.
    1929 Bells rehung on ball bearings.

    [1] St.Luke, Bromley Common. Order for 7½ cwt bell hung dead. The builder to provide beam to hang the bell on. Small old bell (14lbs) & frame to be ours. £45. Inscription LAUS DEO / W. CHATTERTON B.A. M.D. COLLEGIT / J.W. BENNETT ET W.H. DODGSON SACRORUM CUSTODES. / R.I. WOODHOUSE. M.A. VICARIUS. 1890' ('Gillett Order Book, 27th Nov:)
    Peal boards

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1934

  • Apr 1934: 5040 Grandsire Triples (1st peal conducted by a member of the local band.)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 19 January 2019

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1923

  • Jan 1923: 5040 Grandsire Triples (Farewell to Revd C C Gosselin, Vicar.)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 19 January 2019

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1934

  • Aug 1934: 5040 Grandsire Triples (Revd F W Hassard-Short becoming Canon at Rochester Cathedral. By KCACR Tower Keepers.)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 19 January 2019

    Framed card Memorial Board dated approx. 1918


    Photo: Dickon R Love, 19 January 2019

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1911

  • Apr 1911: 5040 Grandsire Triples (1st peal on the bells.)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 19 January 2019

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1930

  • Jan 1930: 5040 Stedman Triples (1st peal after rehanging on ball bearings.)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 19 January 2019

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1910

  • Oct 1910: General ringing (1st changes ringers at the tower for the consecration of the spire and bells.)

  • Photo: Dickon R Love, 19 January 2019


    Page updated: 18 December 2020