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Canterbury, St Stephen


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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As received 1971)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 3-1-73-2-924⅜" A♭ 1844 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel 1971 Whitechapel
2 3-1-143-2-624¹³⁄₁₆" G 1844 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel 1971 Whitechapel
3 4-1-027⅛" F 1971 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
4 5-1-145-2-2027¼" E♭ 1746 Robert Catlin, Holborn 1971 Whitechapel
5 5-0-35-1-1330¾" D♭ 1902 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1971 Whitechapel
6 6-0-1431¹⁵⁄₁₆" C 1971 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
7 8-2-149-0-835⅝" B♭ 1746 Robert Catlin, Holborn 1971 Whitechapel
Tenor 10-1-2610-3-038¹⁵⁄₁₆" A♭ 1746 Robert Catlin, Holborn 1971 Whitechapel

The former Catlin bells.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
3rd27¼"1746Robert CatlinNever
5th6-0-2331"1746Robert CatlinNever
6th31¹⁵⁄₁₆"1746Robert CatlinNever

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.
    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
    2019-03-031260 Grandsire Triples
    2019-01-061260 Doubles (3m)
    2018-12-261260 Doubles (3m)
    2018-12-231260 Grandsire Doubles
    2018-12-021260 Plain Bob Triples
    2018-11-181260 Plain Bob Triples
    2018-10-211320 Plain Bob Minor
    2018-09-301260 1p / 3m Doubles
    2018-09-021260 Doubles
    2018-08-121260 Mixed Doubles
    2018-07-291320 Plain Bob Minor
    2018-07-011260 Mixed Doubles
    2018-06-171260 St Simon's Bob Doubles
    2018-05-061260 Mixed Doubles
    Full list of peals here
    Full list of quarters 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