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Eltham
 

Eltham, St John the Baptist


Photo: Dickon Love, May 2004

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 10-2-2439" G 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
7 7-3-1435" A 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
6 6-0-1031¹³⁄₁₆" B 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
5 5-1-1430⁵⁄₁₆" C 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
4 4-3-728¾" D 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
3 4-1-927" E 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
2 3-3-1725⁷⁄₁₆" F♯ 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
Treble 3-2-2124½" G 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

1794 Ring of Six

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble26⅞"1794Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1924
2nd28⅝"1794Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1924
3rd30⅛"1794Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1924
4th32¼"1794Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1924
5th34¼"1794Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1924
Tenor37¼"1794Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1924

Prior to 1794

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate

Earlier bell

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate

History

1552 Record of 3 bells. [1]
1554 A bell was recast with an additional 1½ cwt of metal. Tenor rehung.
1556 - 7 Tenor rehung by Mills, a carpenter from Bexley.
1571 2 more bells recast.
1583 A bell was recast (probably the treble).
1610 Old 9½ cwt tenor recast with an additional 3-0-7 of metal.
1618 Record of tenor weighing 9-3-20 and middle bell 8-3-6. Tenor was recast.
1794 6 bells cast by Thomas Mears.
1872 Tower rebuilt by A. W. Blomfield.
1898 Bells rehung by Samuel Goslin. (CJP from DLC says 1896)
1924 Bells recast into new ring of 8 by Gillett & Johnston in a new frame. Formerly rung from the ground floor, now rung from an upstairs ringing room.
[1] Item iij great bells in the steple and a saunt's bell of brasse. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)

Gallery


The tenor bell.
Photo: Dickon Love, 15 May 2004
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-10-235056 Bristol Surprise Major
2015-11-015024 Spliced Surprise Major
2015-05-095090 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2014-10-265088 Bristol Surprise Major
2014-05-245021 Glasgow Surprise Major
2013-10-275040 Stedman Triples
2013-02-165056 Dorchester Surprise Major
2012-12-155088 Pudsey Surprise Major
2012-10-215184 Bristol Surprise Major
2012-03-315024 Lessness Surprise Major
2012-02-185024 Spliced Surprise Major
2011-10-155024 Bristol Surprise Major
2011-02-195024 Nettleham Surprise Major
2011-01-155056 Exhibition Surprise Major
2010-06-195088 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2010-01-235152 Spliced Surprise Major (7 Methods)
2009-08-155152 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2009-05-175152 Spliced Surprise Major (4 Methods)
2009-02-285024 Spliced Surprise Major
2008-10-265024 Spliced Surprise Major
2008-04-195056 Lutterworth Surprise Major
2007-11-105152 Spliced Surprise Major
2007-10-065024 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2006-10-285184 Superlative Surprise Major
2006-09-245152 Spliced Surprise Major (6 methods)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-05-291260 Grandsire Triples
2015-09-271260 Grandsire Triples
2015-08-011263 Stedman Triples
2015-06-211260 Grandsire Doubles
2015-05-171260 Plain Bob Doubles
2012-06-041260 Plain Bob Doubles
2011-12-071280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2011-11-271260 Stedman Triples
2011-06-191320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2010-11-211260 Grandsire Triples
2010-11-021260 Plain Bob Doubles
2010-09-191260 Grandsire Doubles
2010-04-051280 Plain Bob Major
2010-02-211260 Plain Bob Doubles
2010-02-161260 Plain Bob Doubles
2010-02-161260 Plain Bob Doubles
2010-02-141260 Plain Bob Doubles
2009-11-111273 Plain Bob Triples
2009-09-301400 Grandsire Triples
2007-10-141260 Stedman Triples
2007-06-241296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2006-04-231280 Plain Bob Major
2006-01-301280 London Surprise Major
2005-10-231260 Grandsire Triples
2005-06-261250 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Eltham, Cemetery
Single bell

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