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Otford
 

Otford, St Bartholomew


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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 10-1-738⅛" A♭ 1974 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
5 7-2-1434" B♭ 2000 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
4 5-3-031" C 2000 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
3 5-0-1429½" D♭ 2000 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
2 4-1-028" E♭ 1887 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 2000 Whitechapel
Treble 3-3-025¾" F 2000 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never

Inscriptions

Previous Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble29½"1622Thomas BartlettNeverRecast 1887
Tenor39"1674John HodsonNeverRecast 1974

History

1180 - 1190 Tower built. The upper part of the tower and the spire were added in the 17th Century.
1622 A bell was cast or recast by Thomas Bartlett, ultimately becoming the treble of 2.
1674 A bell was cast or recast by John and Christopher Hodson, ultimately becoming the tenor of 2. Elizabeth Polhill was the widow of David Polhill, the donor of the Communion Plate in 1666. The family were landowners here for several centuries.
1887 The treble, which was cracked and useless, was recast by Mears & Stainbank.
1974 The Hodson tenor, which had become cracked, was recast by Whitechapel. Discussions took place between the KCACR and the PCC about hanging a new light six in the tower. This plan never materialised.
1975 The two bells were rehung by Whitechapel with full circle wheels (although they were technically not hung for full-circle ringing).
2000 The two bells were refurbished and four new bells were added as 1,3,4,5 to form a six. The bells were rung for the first time on 23rd October and the new ring of 6 bells was dedicated by The Rt Revd Brian Smith, Bishop of Tonbridge on 26th November.

Gallery


One of the new bells rings out beside one of the older bells.
Photo: Frank Lewis, 2000

The old two bells on the floor of the ringing room. The tenor is in the foreground.
Photo: Frank Lewis, 2000
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-02-065040 Surprise Minor
2011-12-175040 Treble Dodging Minor (7m)
2011-04-125040 Doubles (7m)
2010-01-015040 Surprise Minor
2008-10-035040 Minor
2007-08-245040 Minor (7m)
2005-10-225040 Plain Bob Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-06-171260 Doubles (3m)
2017-05-311320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2017-04-241260 St Simon's Bob Doubles
2017-04-051260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-04-031260 Plain Bob Minor
2017-03-161260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-03-071260 Plain Bob Minor
2017-02-201260 Doubles (2m)
2017-02-081260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-12-121260 Plain Bob Minor
2016-12-051260 Doubles (5m)
2016-11-051260 Julie McDonnell Bob Doubles
2016-09-231260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-08-101260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-08-031260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-05-291260 Doubles (2m)
2016-04-301272 Spliced Delight Minor (8m)
2016-04-251260 Plain Bob Minor
2016-04-231272 St George Bob and The Dragon Bob Minor
2016-04-111260 Doubles (4m)
2016-03-311260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-03-141260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-03-081260 Plain Bob Minor
2016-02-121260 Doubles
2016-01-191260 Plain Bob Doubles
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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