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Chislet, St Mary the Virgin


Photo: Richard Offen, 2005

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 5-1-2231½" C 1729 Samuel Knight, Southwark Removed 1959 John Taylor & Co
® 2 6-1-633" B♭ 1729 Samuel Knight, Southwark Removed 1959 John Taylor & Co
® 3 7-0-2335½" A♭ 1786 William Mears Removed 1959 John Taylor & Co
® 4 8-3-638⅞" G 1970 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
® 5 11-3-2342" F 1752 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel Removed 1959 John Taylor & Co
® Tenor 15-3-948" E♭ 1729 Samuel Knight, Southwark Removed 1959 John Taylor & Co

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Bellframes

Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
Layout
1 All bells 1959 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Cast iron
8.3.A.h

Inscriptions

Rest of the Original 1729 Ring of 6

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
3rd1729Samuel KnightNeverRecast 1786
4th8-3-2438½"1729Samuel Knight1959 John Taylor & CoRecast 1970
5th1729Samuel KnightNeverRecast 1752

History

1608 Churchwardens Accounts note work on the third bell, therefore it is assumed that there were at least 4 bells in the tower at this time.
1729 Bells recast with additional metal into a ring of 6 by Samuel Knight, hung by Job Potter.
1752 5th recast by Lester & Pack.
1757 Record of 6 bells in the tower. [1]
1786 3rd recast by William Mears.
1959 Bells retuned and rehung in a new frame lower in the tower by John Taylor.
1970 4th recast by Whitechapel.
[1] This Church consists of the Chancell, Body, and 2 Side Isles. The Steeple stands in the Middle, between The Chancell and the Body; in it hang 6 Bells, all cast in the Year 1729 by Samuel Knight. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1757)

Historical pictures


The former 4th (by Samuel Knight) outside the church prior to recasting, 26th Sept, 1970.
Photo: David Cawley

Belfry



Photo: Joe Aust, 2022


Photo: Joe Aust, 2022

The treble.
Photo: Joe Aust, 2022
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-12-205040 Minor (2m)
2011-08-295040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2008-03-215040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2007-04-075040 Doubles (4m)
2006-04-155040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2005-11-055040 Minor (3 methods)
2005-03-265040 Surprise Minor (7m)
2004-09-115040 Methods Surprise Minor (7m)
2004-04-105040 Surprise Minor
2002-03-305040 Surprise Minor
2001-08-045040 Spliced Surprise Minor
2000-12-305040 Doubles (5m)
1981-05-285040 Treble Bob Minor (7m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2022-12-081260 Grandsire Doubles
2022-11-141320 Keysoe Doubles
2022-09-091260 Grandsire Doubles
2018-05-161260 Grandsire Doubles
2014-02-201260 Plain Bob Minor
2011-09-031260 Plain Bob Minor
2011-05-281329 Minor (2m)
2010-06-191296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2009-08-311260 Doubles (11m/V/p)
2008-04-181296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2008-02-291260 Plain Bob Minor
2005-12-311260 Doubles (5 methods)
2000-03-041296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1976-05-301299 Doubles (10m/v)
1975-08-031260 Grandsire Doubles
1975-05-041260 Plain Bob Doubles
1975-03-231260 Grandsire Doubles
1974-12-221260 Doubles (2m)
1974-11-241260 Doubles (2m)
1974-10-061260 Plain Bob Doubles
1974-07-141260 Doubles (6m)
1973-01-061260 Doubles (2m)
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here


Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 25 April 2022