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Downe
 

Downe, St Mary the Virgin


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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 10-0-139½" G 1511 John Tonne 1903 John Taylor & Co
5 9-1-1236½" A 1903 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
4 8-2-2035½" B William Dawe, London 1903 John Taylor & Co
3 6-1-2632½" C William Dawe, London 1903 John Taylor & Co
2 5-1-529" D 1903 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Treble 4-2-227¼" E 1903 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never

Inscriptions

History

1385 -1418 Present 3rd and 4th cast by William Dawe.
1511 Tenor cast by John Tonne.
1552 Record of 3 bells in the tower. [1]
c 1887 Stahlschmidt recorded 3 bells in the tower, saying that there used to be 4.
1903 Old 3 bells tuned and 3 bells added by John Taylor.
1998 A loose gudgeon on the 3rd was repaired by John Taylor, who also replaced the bearings.
2000 The bearings on bells 4, 5 and 6 were replaced by John Taylor.
[1] Item iij bells of brass suted in the steple and one saincts bell of brasse and ij hand bells for procession, and a sacryng bell of bras. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2015-04-255040 Surprise Minor
2005-08-245040 Surprise Minor (13m)
2004-06-265040 Methods Surprise Minor (7m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-09-041320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2017-07-041320 Oxford Treble Bob Minor
2017-03-071296 Glastonbury Delight Minor
2014-12-241440 Surprise Minor (2 Methods)
2014-04-231260 Minor (2m): St George Bob and The Dragon Bob
2014-04-051260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
2013-10-051272 Sandiacre Surprise Minor
2010-06-121260 Grandsire Doubles
2010-02-151320 Plain Bob Doubles
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 1 April 2016