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Elham
 

Elham, St Mary the Virgin


Photo:

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 13-2-15 in F♯.
  • Grid Ref: TR177438
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1887 John Warner & Sons, strengthened in 1983
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 3-2-1626" F♯ 1970 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
2 4-1-1127" E♯ 1970 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
3 4-3-2728½" D♯ 1970 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
4 5-0-2030" C♯ 1970 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
5 6-2-832½" B 1970 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
6 7-1-2634" A♯ 1970 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
7 9-3-038" G♯ 1970 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
Tenor 13-2-1542¼" F♯ 1970 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never

Inscriptions

The 1763 Ring of 8.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)4-2-228"1763Lester & PackNeverRecast 1970
2nd (of 8)4-2-1829"1763Lester & PackNeverRecast 1970
3rd (of 8)5-3-830"1763Lester & PackNeverRecast 1970
4th (of 8)6-2-1132½"1763Lester & PackNeverRecast 1970
5th (of 8)7-0-1134"1763Lester & PackNeverRecast 1970
6th (of 8)7-3-2436"1763Lester & PackNeverRecast 1970
7th (of 8)10-2-01763Lester & PackNeverRecast 1809
Tenor (of 8)15-2-1145"1763Lester & PackNeverRecast 1970

1809 recast

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
7th (of 8)11-3-2741"1809Thomas Mears INeverRecast 1970

Original 5 from Sandwich

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 5)8-1-221659John WilnarNeverRecast 1763
2nd (of 5)8-2-131659John WilnarNeverRecast 1763
3rd (of 5)12-0-91659John WilnarNeverRecast 1763
4th (of 5)15-0-61659John WilnarNeverRecast 1763
Tenor (of 5)20-0-141659John WilnarNeverRecast 1763

History

1552 Record of 5 bells. [1]
1639 5 bells cast by John Wilnar for St Mary's, Sandwich.
1667 Tower of St Mary's, Sandwich fell down. Some time afterwards, the bells were given to Elham.
1758 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [2]
1763 Bells recast into 8 by Lester & Pack.
1799 Record of 8 bells. [3]
1809 7th recast by Thomas Mears and the bells were rehung. They were reopened on 20 May 1809. Bands from around the county were invited to come along and compete with a touch of 1000 Bob Major for a set of eight gloves. [4]
1887 Bells rehung in a new frame by Warner. Just before this happened, J C L Stahlschmidt visited and found the bells and frame in bad order. [5]
1970 Bells recast and rehung by Whitechapel in the old frame.
1983 Timber frame strengthened.
[1] Item v great belles. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] This Church consists of a Tiled Chancell, and 3 Isles cover’d with Lead. On the South Side of the Chancell, are the Ruins of Another. In The Steeple, which is a Tower, Pointed with a Lofty Spire, hang 5 heavy Bells, all made by John Wlnar in ye Year 1659 (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)
[3] The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, is large and handsome, consisting of three isles, the middle one having an upper range of windows, and one chancel, having a tower steeple, with a spire shast on it, at the west end, in which are eight bells, a ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)
[4] TO CAMPANALOGISTS. ON SATURDAY, the 20th of this inst. May, EIGHT PAIRS of GLOVES will he RUNG for in Elham Church; to become the prize of that set of Ringers who shall compleat the best peal One Thousand BOB-MAJORS. N. B. The Bells have all been lately new hung, and every conveniency made at the new ringing-loft for the purpose of ringing changes. - A good Dinner will be provided at the Rose and Crown Inn; to be on table at one o'clock. (Kentish Gazette (Tuesday 16 May 1809))
[5] At present the frame is in bad order and the bells can only be chimed. I am sorry to see that the reprehensible practice of "clocking" has been introduced. The sooner it is discontinued the better for the bells. There is a local tradition as to No. 7 that ("Church Bells of Kent", J C L Stahlschmidt, 1887)

Articles

  • "St Mary the Virgin, Elham, Kent", Cawley, David L (The Ringing World) 9 April 1971
  • Gallery


    Harry Parkes and David Cawley with the old eight bells after removal.
    Photo: David Cawley

    Loading the tenor bell. July 1970.
    Photo: David Cawley

    David Cawley, lowering the tenor bell.
    Photo: David Cawley

    The belfry prior to the restoration of 1970.
    Photo: David Cawley
    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2018-11-115040 Grandsire Triples
    2017-10-075024 Kent Treble Bob Major
    1980-07-055088 Rutland Surprise Major
    1978-02-185056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2018-09-131344 Spliced Surprise Major
    2018-08-111312 Bristol Surprise Major
    2018-01-271260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2017-11-111260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2017-07-061250 Bristol Surprise Major
    2016-11-111260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2015-11-111280 Plain Bob Doubles
    2015-05-141280 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
    2014-11-011260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
    2014-05-171344 Lessness Surprise Major
    2013-12-281260 Canterbury Pleasure Bob Triples
    2013-11-111260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
    2013-09-111250 Steeple Aston Surprise Major
    2013-06-051344 St Clement's College Bob Major
    2013-02-181260 Stedman Triples
    2012-10-061280 Spliced Surprise Major (5m)
    2012-03-171344 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
    2011-03-161280 Spliced Surprise Major (5m)
    2010-05-201260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
    2009-07-111288 Double Grandsire Triples
    2008-03-291288 Double Grandsire Triples
    2003-09-201280 Cambridge Surprise Major
    Full list of peals here
    Full list of quarters here

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