Cliffe at Hoo, St Helen
  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 13-2-10 in E♭
  • Grid Ref: TQ735766
  • Complete ring cast at the same time
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Denomination: Church of England
  • Diocese (Anglican): Rochester
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Rochester
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower (Felstead Database)

  • Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)

    (As supplied)
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    ® Treble 6-1-12 6-3-5 30¾" E♭ 1860 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Removed 2006 John Taylor & Co
    ® 2 6-1-9 6-2-20 32" D 1860 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Removed 2006 John Taylor & Co
    ® 3 6-3-0 7-0-26 33⅜" C 1859 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Removed 2006 John Taylor & Co
    ® 4 7-2-8 8-0-19 35⅜" B♭ 1859 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Removed 2006 John Taylor & Co
    ® 5 7-3-15 8-2-0 37½" A♭ 1859 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Removed 2006 John Taylor & Co
    ® 6 9-0-25 9-2-21 39" G 1859 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Removed 2006 John Taylor & Co
    ® 7 10-1-14 11-1-16 42" F 1859 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Removed 2006 John Taylor & Co
    ® Tenor 13-2-10 14-2-18 46⅜" E♭ 1859 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Removed 2006 John Taylor & Co

    ® - Hung for full circle ringing

    Bellframes

    Frame Bells Year Maker Material Truss(es) Local
    Layout
    1 All bells
    Inscriptions on the Bells

    Prior to 1859.

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Diameter Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Treble (of 6) 5-0-15 30.5" 1670 John & Christopher Hodson Never Recast 1859.
    2nd (of 6) 5-3-4 31½" 1630 Joseph Hatch Never Recast 1859.
    3rd (of 6) 6-3-21 33⅝" c.1585 Giles Reve Never Founder ? Recast 1859.
    4th (of 6) 10-1-7 37½" 1630 Joseph Hatch Never Recast 1859.
    5th (of 6) 12-1-9 40½" 1615 Joseph Hatch Never Recast 1859.
    Tenor (of 6) 15-2-12 45" 1675 John & Christopher Hodson Never Recast 1859.
    History

    c1585 Bell cast by a founder thought to be Giles Reve. This was destined to become the 3rd of a ring of 6.
    1615 A bell was cast or recast by Joseph Hatch destined to be the 5th of 6.
    1630 Two bells were cast or recast by Joseph Hatch, destined to be 2nd and 4th of 6.
    1670 A bell was cast or recast by Hodson destined to become the treble of 6.
    1675 A bell was cast or recast by Hodson being the tenor of the 6.
    1859 The ring of 6 was recast by John Taylor.
    1860 2 trebles added by John Taylor. These  bells represent one of the earliest examples of a ring of 8 with independent crown staples from the start.
    1923 Bells rehung by Alfred Bowell. He removed the hexagonally formed canons to the crowns (put there to facilitate turning). [1]
    2006 Bells retuned and rehung in the existing frame by Taylor, Eayre & Smith.

    [1] To rehanging the eight bells and reconstructing the framework £190. To new chiming apparatus and fiing complete £15. Total £205. Paid cq. On a/c £150 29 March. Cq. £55 21 Jan 1924.' ('Bowell records, 1923 March)
    Pages from the John Taylor Bellfounders archive


    Cliffe at Hoo, Kent - 1859, summary book (JT 6-1-3-1 p.213)
    Photo: Thanks to C J Pickford

    Cliffe at Hoo, Kent - 1859, summary book (JT 6-1-3-1 p.214)
    Photo: Thanks to C J Pickford

    Cliffe at Hoo, Kent - 1859, summary book (JT 6-1-3-1 p.215)
    Photo: Thanks to C J Pickford
    Peal boards

    Timber Performance Board dated 1866

  • Dec 1866: 5040 Grandsire Triples

  • Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 7 July 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated 1985

  • Jun 1985: 5040 Plain Bob Triples (25th anniversary of the ordination of the Rector, Rev'd Donald Silcock.)

  • Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, 7 July 2018


    Page updated: 1 April 2016