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Chilham
 

Chilham, St Mary


Photo: Richard Offen 2005

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 17-2-047½" E 1760 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel 1912 John Warner & Sons
7 13½ cwt approx.43" F♯ 1760 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel 1912 John Warner & Sons
6 10¼ cwt approx.39½" G♯ 1760 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel 1912 John Warner & Sons
5 8½ cwt approx.35½" A 1912 John Warner & Sons Never
4 7¼ cwt approx.34" B 1810 Thomas Mears II 1912 John Warner & Sons
3 6-3-531" C♯ 1883 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 1912 John Warner & Sons
2 6-0-1829" D♯ 1883 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 1912 John Warner & Sons
Treble 5-0-1928" E 1883 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 1912 John Warner & Sons

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

1760 Ring of Six

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble1760Lester & PackNeverRecast in 1883
2nd1760Lester & PackNeverRecast in 1810
3rd1760Lester & PackNeverRecast in 1912
4th10¼ cwt approx.39½"1760Lester & PackNeverStill in the tower
5th13½ cwt approx.43"1760Lester & PackNeverStill in the tower
Tenor17-2-047½"1760Lester & PackNeverStill in the tower

Earlier Ring of Six

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble1709Richard PhelpsNeverRecast 1760
2nd1594Robert MotNeverRecast 1760
3rd1595Robert MotNeverRecast 1760
4th1595Robert MotNeverRecast 1760
5th1616Joseph HatchNeverRecast 1760
Tenor1599Robert MotNeverRecast 1760

History

1534 Tower built.
1552 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [1]
1594 2nd recast by Robert Mot.
1595 3rd and 4th recast by Robert Mot.
1599 Tenor recast by Robert Mot.
1616 5th recast by Joseph Hatch.
1709 Treble recast or added by Richard Phelps (a ring of 6).
1759 Record of 6 bells in the tower. [2]
1760 The 6 bells were recast into another ring of 6 by Lester & Pack.
1798 Record of 6 bells in the tower. [3]
1810 2nd recast.
1883 Treble recast; 2 trebles added by John Taylor.
1899 Repairs effected.
1912 5th recast, bells turned and rehung by John Warner.
1930 1930s Bells rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
1996 Cracked tenor welded by Soundweld.
2013 Tenor found to be cracked again.
[1] Item in ye Stepull in there frames v bells and in the same Stepull on lytell bell. Item ij bells caulyd hand bells. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] "The Inscriptions on ye Bells. 1. Richard Phelps made Me. 1709. The Gift of ye Revd. Mr John Nichols, Mr Robert Sprakeling, and Others. 2. Robertus Mot Me fecit. 1594. 3. Robertus Mot fecit Me. 1595. 4. Joseph Hatch made Me. 1616. 5. Robertus Mot Me fecit (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1759)
[3] The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, is a handsome building, consisting of a body and two isles, all covered with lead, and a high chancel, with two chaples, one of which is dedicated to St. Anne, on the south side; there was a chantry on the north ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 7', Edward Hasted)

Gallery


The ringing room.
Photo: Dickon Love, 2013


Photo: Dickon Love, 2013


Photo: Dickon Love, 2013


Photo: Dickon Love, 2013


Photo: Dickon Love, 2013


Photo: Dickon Love, 2013


Photo: Dickon Love, 2013
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2008-04-175088 Spliced Surprise Major (5m)
2006-01-015088 London Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-02-271260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-02-121360 Plain Bob Major
2017-01-071280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2016-12-191260 Grandsire Doubles
2016-12-121260 Julie McDonnell Bob Doubles
2016-12-051300 Doubles
2016-08-151260 Mixed Doubles
2016-08-081260 Plain Bob Doubles
2016-08-061344 Grandsire Triples
2016-06-251260 Grandsire Triples
2015-08-061260 Stedman Doubles
2015-05-111280 Rutland Surprise Major
2015-05-041380 Grandsire Doubles
2015-03-231260 Mixed Doubles
2015-02-171260 Grandsire Doubles
2015-01-261260 Grandsire Doubles
2014-12-011260 Chilham 240, Grandsire 1020
2014-08-281260 Plain Bob Doubles
2014-08-061320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2014-06-161260 Grandsire Doubles
2013-11-021260 Plain Bob Triples
2013-06-161260 Plain Bob Doubles
2013-05-081260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
2012-08-011280 London Surprise Major
2012-07-121260 Stedman Triples
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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