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Cranbrook, St Dunstan


Photo: Dickon Love, Jul 2005

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 21-2-15 in D♯.
  • Grid Ref: TQ776361
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Maidstone
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Tonbridge
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)

(As supplied)
Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
® Treble 5-3-266-1-730¾" D♯ 1801 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Removed 1971 John Taylor & Co
® 2 6-0-166-2-1631¾" C* 1801 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Removed 1971 John Taylor & Co
® 3 6-2-207-1-433⅜" B♯ 1801 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Removed 1971 John Taylor & Co
® 4 6-1-59-0-1236¼" A♯ 1801 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Removed 1971 John Taylor & Co
® 5 10-2-640¾" G♯ 1825 Thomas Mears II Removed 1971 John Taylor & Co
® 6 11-3-412-3-2641¾" F* 1801 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Removed 1971 John Taylor & Co
® 7 15-2-1846" E♯ 1857 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel Removed 1971 John Taylor & Co
® Tenor 21-2-1523-1-451¼" D♯ 1801 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Removed 1971 John Taylor & Co

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

Earlier bells from the Mears octave

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
5th (of 8)11-2-2740"1801Thomas Mears INever
7th (of 8)16-3-045½"1801Thomas Mears INever

History

1581 One of the bells recast by Thomas Hatch.
1596 3rd recast by Anthony Wakefield and bells rehung.
1604 Record of 5 bells in the tower.
1606 New ring of 5 cast and hung in a new frame by Joseph Hatch.
1608 New frame installed.
1610 Bells rehung in the new frame.
1671 One of the bells recast by Francis Foster of Salisbury.
1685 Bells rehung.
1715 Bells recast into a ring of 6 by Richard Phelps with a new frame.
1718 With 3 of the bells out of order, they were all recast into a ring of 8 by Richard Phelps.
1801 All 8 bells recast by Thomas Mears.
1812 Bells rehung by William Humphrey.
1825 5th recast by Thomas Mears.
1843 Bells rehung.
1845 Bells rehung again as previous work was unsatisfactory.
1857 7th recast at Whitechapel.
1902 Bells rehung by Mears & Stainbank in a new frame.
1914 Minor repairs took place.
1971 Bells rehung and retuned by John Taylor. They were rededicated on 17th December.

Articles

  • "Cranbrook, Kent", AJL (The Ringing World) 3 December 1971
  • "St Dunstan, Cranbrook, Kent", Author unknown (The Ringing World) 28 March 1975
  • Gallery


    The belfry.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 13 July 2005

    The belfry.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 13 July 2005
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2010-01-165040 Plain Bob Major
    2001-12-275024 Bristol Surprise Major
    1996-05-065024 Cranbrook Surprise Major
    1908-04-215040 Stedman Triples
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-01-261360 Plain Bob Major
    2018-11-021260 Grandsire Triples
    2014-12-271344 Plain Bob Major
    2012-03-251260 Grandsire Doubles
    2008-09-061260 Plain Bob Triples
    2007-08-301280 Bristol Surprise Major
    1996-08-171320 Little Carshalton Bob Triples
    1995-12-281472 Cranbrook Surprise Major
    1981-03-281280 Kent Treble Bob Major
    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: 1 April 2016