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Hildenborough
 

Hildenborough, St John the Evangelist


Photo: Wikipedia Commons (Hassocks5489), 2012

  • 8 tubular bells and a single clock bell
  • Grid Ref: TQ564488
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: II Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
Single bell 1993 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever

 - Hung dead

Details of the Tubular Bells

Bell Date Founder
1 1887 Harrington, Latham & Co, Coventry
2 1887 Harrington, Latham & Co, Coventry
3 1887 Harrington, Latham & Co, Coventry
4 1887 Harrington, Latham & Co, Coventry
5 1887 Harrington, Latham & Co, Coventry
6 1887 Harrington, Latham & Co, Coventry
7 1887 Harrington, Latham & Co, Coventry
8 1887 Harrington, Latham & Co, Coventry

Prior to 1993

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
Single Bell6-3-836"1844Thomas Mears IINeverRecast in 1993

History

1844 The Church was built in 1844 at a cost of £2,300. A bell was cast at Whitechapel when Charles and George Mears were on their own, but the inscription says Thomas Mears, and Bill Hughes thinks it may well have been cast by Thomas Mears. [1]
1865 A clock was installed in the tower at a cost of £55.10.0.
1887 A set of 8 tubular bells was installed in the tower in honour of Queen Victoria's Jubilee. [2] [3]
1925 The clock was overhauled and the bells repaired. [4]
1962 Bill Hughes of Whitehcapel inspected the belfry and commented on the clock bell. He noted that it had been rehung in "recent years" with all new fittings, a clapper fitted internally for chiming and a clock hammer on the outside for the hour strike. He also noted the tubular bells which he considered "a cheap substitute for proper Bells." He quoted £132 to overhaul the tubes, although given that he was asked to return 19 years later, it doesn't appear that this happened. [5]
1983 Bill Hughes returned for another inspection. He estimated £1536 for completely rehanging the tubes plus £199 for cleaning and painting the ironwork about the Bell. This refurbishment took place in memory of Miss I. Clark-Lawrence.
1993 The clock bell had become cracked and so was recast by Whitechapel in memory of Mr P H Toy.
[1] CONSECRATION OF A NEW CHURCH AT TUNBRIDGE.- On Tuesday the Bishop of Rochester consecrated a new church at Hildenborough, a hamlet of Tunbridge, in the presence of a large number of clergymen and gentlemen. A collection was made amounting to £150. (Bell's New Weekly Messenger - Sun 14 Jul 1844)
[2] The clock was installed in 1865 (costing £55.10.0) and the octave of tubular bells installed in 1887 in honour of Queen Victoria's Jubilee.The Clock was extensively repaired in 1948 and the bells were refurbished in memory of Miss I. Clark-Lawrence in 1982, and the Church bell recast in memory of Mr. P.H. Toy in 1993. (Hildenborough Parish Council Website (extracted 15 Apr 2020))
[3] FASHIONABLE MARRIAGE AT Hildenborough. ... The bells, which have only recently been erected, rang out a merry peal. (Kent & Sussex Courier - Fri 22 Jun 1888)
[4] PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL. The quarterly meeting took place at the Drill Hall on Wednesday. The Vicar, the Rev. L. G. Chamberlen, presided. The report on the Church clock and bells was given by Mr. E. Francis, who said the clock had been thoroughly overhauled by Mr. Q. M. Walter, of Tonbridge, and new parts added, the result being extremely satisfactory. The bells had also been repaired, and were now good working order. (Kent & Sussex Courier - Fri 4 Dec 1925)
[5] There is one Bell in the tower cast at this foundry in 1844 by Charles and George Mears; it would weigh about 6 1/2 cwts in the key of Bb (old concert pitch. It appears sound and is of fair tonal quality. The Bell has been rehung in recent years with all new fittings; a clapper is fitted internally for chiming and a clock hammer is arranged on the outside for the hour strike. Everything appears in satisfactory order but all the ironwork is now rusty and is in need of proper cleaning and painting. He then turns to the tubes "a cheap substitute for proper Bells. Their tone whilst being deep, is not equal to that of normal Bells as he various harmonic tones are predominant and 'wild' ".The mechanics were in need of overhaul (£132). (Mears & Stainbank report, William Hughes, 1962)



Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 15 April 2020