Cheriton, St Martin

Photo: Richard Offen, 2005

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 6-2-8 in A♭
  • Grid Ref: TR189364
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1903 Mears & Stainbank
  • Denomination: Church of England
  • Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
  • Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower (Felstead Database)

  • Sound clip of the ring of 8 before they were retuned in 2011.(Source not recorded)

    Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)

    (As supplied)

    (As received 2011)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    ® Treble 2-2-20 2-3-15 2-3-14 23" A♭ 1923 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Doncaster 2011 John Taylor & Co
    ® 2 3-0-12 3-0-19 3-0-16 23½" G 1923 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Doncaster 2011 John Taylor & Co
    ® 3 3-0-21 3-1-20 3-1-20 24⅝" F 1881 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 2011 John Taylor & Co
    ® 4 3-2-5 4-0-8 4-0-7 26⅜" E♭ 1881 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 2011 John Taylor & Co
    ® 5 4-0-25 4-2-10 4-2-9 28⅜" D♭ 1881 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 2011 John Taylor & Co
    ® 6 4-2-7 4-3-25 4-3-24 29½" C 1881 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 2011 John Taylor & Co
    ® 7 5-0-13 5-3-23 5-3-16 31⅜" B♭ 1881 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 2011 John Taylor & Co
    ® Tenor 6-2-8 7-1-5 7-1-0 34⅜" A♭ 1881 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Removed 2011 John Taylor & Co
    Sanctus ½ cwt approx. 13" approx. B 1869 John Warner & Sons Never

    ® - Hung for full circle ringing

    Bellframes

    Position Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
    Layout
    Lower tier 1 2,3,5,6,7,8 1881 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Cast iron , 8.3.A.e
    6.1
    Upper tier 2 1,4,Clock 1923 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Steel
    Inscriptions on the Bells

    Earlier ring of 4

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Treble 3-3-0 27" 1634 Joseph Hatch Never Recast 1881
    2nd 4-2-14 29½" 1634 Joseph Hatch Never Recast 1881
    3rd 6-0-26 31½" 1607 Joseph Hatch Never Recast 1881
    Tenor 8-1-4 34¾" 1418-1440 Richard Hill Never Recast 1881
    History

    1400 -1450 Bell cast by Richard Hille.
    1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
    1607 Joseph Hatch cast a bell a tone above the Hille bell.
    1634 2 trebles cast by Joseph Hatch - now comprises a ring of 4.
    1759 Record of 4 bells. [2]
    1799 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [3]
    1869 John Warner cast a bell for St Martin's School.
    1881 Bells recast into a ring of 6 by Mears & Stainbank.
    1903 Bells rehung with new fittings in a new frame.
    1923 Ring augmented with 2 Mears & Stainbank trebles.
    1933 Back 6 rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
    1976 Tenor clapper renewed.
    1990 The bell from the St Martin's Church of England Primary School was hung as clock bell in the tower.
    2011 Bells retuned by John Taylor Bellfounders and who rearranged the bells to improve the ringing circle. The tower work was done by the Kent CACR.

    [1] Item a iij bells in the steple. "Sold", ij hand-bells.' ('Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
    [2] "In the Tower, which is at the West End, hang 4 Bells thus Inscribed. 1. Joseph Hatch made Me. 1632. 2. Joseph Hatch made Me. 1632. 3. Joseph Hatch made Me. 1607. 4. Sit Nomen Domini benedictum."' ('Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1759)
    [3] The church, which is dedicated to St. Martin, is built of sand-stone, and consists of two isles and two chances, having a tower steeple at the west end, in which are four bells.' (''The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)
    Gallery


    The bells at the John Taylor Bellfoundry, Feb 2011
    Photo: Dickon Love, Feb 2011


    Photo: Dickon Love, Feb 2011


    Photo: Dickon Love, Feb 2011


    Photo: Dickon Love, Feb 2011


    Photo: Dickon Love, Feb 2011

    The bells following completion of the fittings, July 2011
    Photo: David Cawley, 2011

    Page updated: 29 May 2023