Chislet, St Mary the Virgin

Photo: Richard Offen, 2005

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 15-3-9 in E♭
  • Grid Ref: TR224643
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1959 John Taylor & Co.
  • 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 (Felstead Database)

  • Sound clip of the ring of bells.(Roger Button)

    Sound clip of the ring of bells.(Source not recorded)

    Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    ® Treble 5-1-22 31½" C 1729 Samuel Knight, Southwark Removed 1959 John Taylor & Co
    ® 2 6-1-6 33" B♭ 1729 Samuel Knight, Southwark Removed 1959 John Taylor & Co
    ® 3 7-0-23 35½" A♭ 1786 William Mears Removed 1959 John Taylor & Co
    ® 4 8-3-8 38⅞" G 1970 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Flat Never
    ® 5 11-3-23 42" F 1752 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel Removed 1959 John Taylor & Co
    ® Tenor 15-3-9 48" 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 on the Bells

    Rest of the Original 1729 Ring of 6

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Date Founder Retuned Fate
    3rd 1729 Samuel Knight Never Recast 1786
    4th 8-3-24 38½" 1729 Samuel Knight 1959 John Taylor & Co Recast 1970
    5th 1729 Samuel Knight Never Recast 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

    Page updated: 25 April 2022