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Murston
 

Murston, All Saints (New Church)


Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

Prior to removal from the church in 2013

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Q13-2-1225"F♯1934Mears & StainbankNever
Q24-1-1526¾"E1934Mears & StainbankNever
Q34-3-1929"D1934Mears & StainbankNever
Q48-0-834⅞"A1934Mears & StainbankNever
Hour10-3-038⅞"G1934Mears & StainbankNever

Prior to the 1960s

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
TrebleMid 16th Cent.William OldfieldNeverWent missing?
Tenor1673James BartlettNeverFounder ?

History

c 1250 13th Cent Old church built.
c 1540 A bell cast for the old church by William Oldfield (according to Stahlschmidt).
1767 One of the three bells was sold by Faculty, being cracked. The wording suggests that they were originally for selling two, "one being sufficient". The Faculty granted allowed the sale of one cracked bell only.
1873 Old church pulled down except chancel; new church built on new site.
c 1880 Late 19th Cent 2 small 'brassfoundry' bells were cast for unidentified building.
1887 Stahlschmidt records that the larger bell originally came from Leysdown.
1922 Faculty granted for the sale of one bell, "not rung since 1880 and now in pieces on the belfry floor". This must have been the bell which Stahschmidt says "came from the church of Leysdown", but is clearly one of the survivors of the 1767 Faculty - appare
1934 5 bells cast by Whitechapel per the Synchronome Clock Co., for the clock at The News of the World offices in Bouverie Street.
1962 By this year, Murston tower contained the Oldfield bell, hung on its old headstock in a simple pine frame, and two smaller disused bells.
1964 Bells given to Murston, complete with looped Cambridge Quarter mechanism; hung on the tower roof in 1965.
1966 Record of the clapper of the larger disused bell in the bell chamber.
1994 By this year, all bells apart from the chime and the service bell were no longer in the church.
2006 At the request of the DAC, the KCACR inspected the strange installation for safety. The bells were, as the letter to the KCACR stated, "supported by no recognisable engineering method"
2013 The bells were removed from the tower with a view to being hung in the tower of St Nicholas, Strood, to form part of a new ring of 8 bells. The press release said the work would be finished by Easter 2014. It never happened. [1]
[1] After 114 years St Nicholas Strood are to have a ring of eight bells to replace the set of ten tubes that replaced the three old bells left from the ring of six which were destroyed in a disastrous fire in 1898. (KCACR Website report by Douglas Snoswell, 23 May 2013)

Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Murston, All Saints (Old Church)
Formerly 2 bells

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