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Canterbury, St Stephen


  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 10-1-26 in A♭.
  • Grid Ref: TR148591
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1902 Mears & Stainbank, made of timber
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As received 1971)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
® Treble 3-1-73-2-924⅜" A♭ 1844 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel1971 Whitechapel
® 2 3-1-143-2-624¹³⁄₁₆" G 1844 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel1971 Whitechapel
® 3 4-1-027⅛" F 1971 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® 4 5-1-145-2-2027¼" E♭ 1746 Robert Catlin, Holborn1971 Whitechapel
® 5 5-0-35-1-1330¾" D♭ 1902 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel1971 Whitechapel
® 6 6-0-1431¹⁵⁄₁₆" C 1971 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® 7 8-2-149-0-835⅝" B♭ 1746 Robert Catlin, Holborn1971 Whitechapel
® Tenor 10-1-2610-3-038¹⁵⁄₁₆" A♭ 1746 Robert Catlin, Holborn1971 Whitechapel

® Hung for full circle ringing

The former Catlin bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderFate
3rd27¼"1746Robert Catlin
5th6-0-2331"1746Robert Catlin
6th31¹⁵⁄₁₆"1746Robert Catlin

History

1746 Ring of six cast by Robert Catlin.
1844 Ring augmented to 8 with 2 trebles hung in the spire from Charles and George Mears.
1902 5th recast and bells rehung by Mears & Stainbank in a new frame.
1938 Tower restored and made safe for the bells to be rung again.
1971 Bells retuned (by Richard Offen), rehung; 3rd and 6th recast by Whitechapel. New upstairs ringing room constructed. The dismantling and rehanging was done by the KCACR under the direction of Harry Parkes.
1992 2 clappers renewed by Whitechapel.

Articles

  • "St Stephen's, Canterbury, Kent", Cawley, David L (The Ringing World) 11 February 1972
  • Gallery


    The KCACR Removal Gang directed by Harry Parkes prepare to roll the tenor out. Left-Right: David Cawley, Harry Parkes (with Peter Niblett's head), Don Niblett, Desmond Mitchell and a happy looking Ruth Niblett. Richard Offen tuned the bells at Whitechapel
    Photo: David Cawley collection, Dec 1970

    Peal Boards

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1977
    07 Jun 1977: 5056 Plain Bob Major (Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.)

    Photo: Richard A Smith, 18 August 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1909
    30 Jan 1909: 5024 Double Norwich CB Major

    Photo: Richard A Smith, 18 August 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1910
    29 Jan 1910: 10080 Double Norwich CB Major

    Photo: Richard A Smith, 18 August 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1907
    05 Mar 1907: 5040 Stedman Triples

    Photo: Richard A Smith, 18 August 2018

    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2014-11-155024 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
    2011-06-255088 Ardleigh Surprise Major
    2009-12-285120 Superlative Surprise Major
    2008-10-305088 Spliced Surprise Major
    2008-03-015056 Kent Treble Bob Major
    2005-01-155024 Adelaide Surprise Major
    1986-07-055120 London Surprise Major
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2020-03-151320 Plain Bob Minor
    2020-03-011260 Mixed Doubles (3m)
    2020-02-161260 Mixed Doubles (5m)
    2020-01-191260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2019-12-261260 Plain Bob Minor
    2019-12-151320 Plain Bob Minor
    2019-12-011320 Plain Bob Minor
    2019-11-171320 Plain Bob Minor
    2019-11-031296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
    2019-10-201260 Grandsire Doubles
    2019-09-151260 Mixed Doubles
    2019-09-011260 Mixed Doubles
    2019-08-251260 Mixed Doubles
    2019-08-231312 Adelaide Surprise Major
    2019-08-111260 Plain Bob Triples
    2019-08-041260 Mixed Doubles
    2019-07-211280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2019-07-071260 Doubles
    2019-06-161260 Doubles
    2019-05-051260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2019-04-211260 Mixed Doubles
    2019-04-071260 Stedman Triples
    2019-03-311260 Mixed Doubles (1p/3m)
    2019-03-231344 Spliced Surprise Major (5m)
    2019-03-171320 Plain Bob Minor
    Full list of peals on Bellboard here
    Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

    Elsewhere in the Parish

    Canterbury, St Stephen's School
    Single bell hung for swing chiming with lever in open gable


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