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Chartham, St Mary


Photo: Dickon Love, 2013

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 13-1-25 in E.
  • Grid Ref: TR106550
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

  • Sound clip of the ring of bells.(Dickon R Love, 28 Dec (but year not noted!))

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)

(As received 1923)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 5-0-115-0-1129⅞" C♯ 1728 Samuel Knight, Southwark Conventional Never
® 2 5-0-245-1-2031" B 1605 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Conventional 1923 Mears & Stainbank
® 3 6-0-196-2-433⁷⁄₁₆" A 1605 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Conventional 1923 Mears & Stainbank
® 4 8-2-88-3-2536⅜" G♯ 1605 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Conventional 1923 Mears & Stainbank
® 5 10-1-2310-3-2439¹⁵⁄₁₆" F♯ 1605 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Conventional 1923 Mears & Stainbank
® Tenor 13-1-2514-0-1843¹⁵⁄₁₆" E 1605 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Conventional 1923 Mears & Stainbank

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

History

1552 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [1]
1605 Bells recast into a ring of 5 by Joseph Hatch.
1728 Bells augmented with a treble by Samuel Knight.
1757 Record of 6 bells in the tower. [2]
1923 Bells 2-6 retuned and rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
2009 The tenor was given a new headstock and was quarter turned.
[1] Item iiij bells with a Wakerell. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] The Church, which is a very fair Building of Flint Stones, is in ye Form of a Cross. In ye Tower, wch. is a very handsome One at ye West End of ye Church, and built of ye same Materials, hang Six Tuneable Bells; The Five largest of wch. were made by Joseph Hatch, 1605. The First, or Smallest, by Samuel Knight in 1728; and has ye Names of John Moat, Thomas George, and Thomas Pearce, upon it. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1757)

Gallery


In the foreground (l-r) are bells 4, 3 and 2.
Photo: Dickon Love, 2013

Faces on the canons of the 4th.
Photo: Dickon Love, 2013

The upstairs ringing room.
Photo: Dickon Love, 2013

Peal Boards

Framed card Performance Board dated approx. 1936
15 Aug 1936: 5040 Minor (3m) (The first peal on the bells.)

Photo: Tom Winter, 26 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1948
14 Feb 1948: 5040 Plain Bob Minor

Photo: Tom Winter, 26 May 2017

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2007-01-015040 Surprise Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-01-021272 Double Bob Minimus
2019-09-131260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
2019-08-171440 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2019-03-301260 Very Very Frightening Bob Minor
2018-08-311320 Plain Bob Minor
2018-02-171260 Stedman Singles
2018-01-241260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-10-271260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-08-251260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-07-051272 Luton Surprise Minor
2017-05-261440 Norwich Surprise Minor
2017-02-161260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-02-151260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-02-121440 Grandsire Minor
2017-01-071440 Grandsire Minor
2016-12-061260 Grandsire Doubles
2016-08-051272 Plain Bob Minimus
2016-06-251260 Grandsire Doubles
2016-05-181272 Plain Bob Minimus
2015-10-171260 Doubles (3m)
2015-07-271272 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2015-01-091260 Grandsire Doubles
2014-10-311260 Mixed Doubles
2014-10-301260 Doubles
2014-08-211260 Grandsire Doubles
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Chartham, St Augustine's Hospital
Single bell hung in an open gable


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