Canterbury, St Dunstan
Details of the Bells
(As received 1936)
|Treble||4-0-9||4-0-27||27"||D♯||1777||William Mears||1936 Mears & Stainbank|
|2||3-3-27||4-0-3||28½"||C♯||1629||Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent||1936 Mears & Stainbank|
|3||5-1-6||5-1-12||30½"||B||1777||William Mears||1936 Mears & Stainbank|
|4||7-0-16||34"||A♯||1605||Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent||Never|
|5||10-1-22||10-2-6||38½"||G♯||1325||William le Belyetere, Canterbury||1936 Mears & Stainbank|
|Tenor||13-2-15||13-3-5||44"||F♯||1676||Thomas Palmar II, Whitechapel||1936 Mears & Stainbank|
Prior to 1777.
|2nd (of 5)||1660||Thomas Palmar II||Never|
|c||1325||Present 5th cast (probably tenor of 3).|
|1500||Wackerell Bell recast by Richard Kerner.|
|1605||Middle bell recast by Joseph Hatch.|
|1629||New treble cast by Joseph Hatch.|
|1660||2nd (of 4) recast by Thomas Palmar I.|
|1676||Ring augmented to 5 with a tenor by Thomas Palmar II (his only known bell).|
|1758||Record of 5 bells in the tower. |
|1777||2nd recast, and new treble cast by William Mears.|
|1778||The restored bells were opened by the Canterbury Youths on 5 Jan. |
|1935||Bells removed from tower while concrete ring beam was fitted.|
|1936||Bells retuned and rehung in a 2 separate frames (1,3,5 above) by Mears & Stainbank.|
|1971||Tenor refitted with new gudgeons and reinstated by the KCACR.|
|1975||4th gudgeon repaired. Headstock reinstated by the Kent C.A.|
|1981||5th rehung with new gudgeons.|
|2003||Tenor refitted with a pair of new gudgeons after one of them failed. The work was done by the KCACR.|
|||"The Tower stands at the West End of South Isle. In it hang 5 Bells, thus inscribed: 1. Joseph Hatch made Me, 1629. Autho. Ropar ric: Spencer Oeconomicis. 2. Thomas Palmar made Me, 1660. Tho. Simpson, Ch. Warden. 3. Joseph Hatch made Me, 1605. J.F.C.W. 4. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1759)|
|||On Monday January the 5th, 1778, a peal of six bells was opened at St. Dunstan;s church near this city, when the Canterbury youth rang a peal of 720 plain bob changes, without a [..] compleat, in 28 minutes, being the first time [..] has been rung in this county. (Kentish Gazette (Wednesday 14 January 1778))|
The second bell, cast by Joseph Hatch in 1629.
Photo: David Cawley collection.
Some of the bell repairs in 2017.
Photo: David L Cawley, 2017
Recent PealsThe most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
Recent Quarter PealsThe most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
Full list of peals here
||Full list of quarters here|
Elsewhere in the Parish
|Canterbury, St Edmund's School|
|Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent||Page updated: 1 April 2016|