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Leybourne
 

Leybourne, Ss Peter & Paul


  • Single bell hung dead with lever clapper
  • Tenor: 10-0-15 in G♯.
  • Formerly ring of 3, tenor 7-3-17. Now 1 bell.
  • Grid Ref: TQ689589
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Rochester


Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
1 10-0-1538" G♯ 1966 Mears & Stainbank, WhitechapelNever

 - Hung dead

Inscriptions

Prior to 1966

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderRetunedFate
1 of 21-3-1719½"1826Thomas Mears IINeverMetal used in new bell 1966.
2 of 27-3-1734"1585Giles ReveNeverMetal used in new bell 1966.

History

1585 A bell cast by Giles Reve.
c 1815 The upper part of the tower collapsed and was rebuilt with bricks.
1821 Two of the three bells were sold for repairs; small bell purchased from Thomas Mears II.
1874 The tower was in a ruinous condition. Sir Arthur Blomfield, rather than restoring it, encased it with a new tower, cutting new windows but leaving the early stone in place.
1887 Stahlschmidt recorded one bell and a Priest's bell. He pointed out that there were formerly 3 bells in the tower.
1966 Tower struck by lightning and gutted in a summer storm. Bells fell and were broken. The tower was restored with new floors and roof. New bell cast from the metal of both bells, with additional metal (Preston-by Wingham tenor was recast at the same time) on 8th December.
1967 Bell installed for stationary chiming with a lever-clapper.



Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 28 March 2020