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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
Treble 3-2-2124½" G 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
2 3-3-1725⁷⁄₁₆" F♯ 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
3 4-1-927" E 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
4 4-3-728¾" D 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
5 5-1-1430⁵⁄₁₆" C 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
6 6-0-1031¹³⁄₁₆" B 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
7 7-3-1435" A 1924 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
Tenor 10-2-2439" 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
Treble (of 3)UnknownRecast in 1794
2nd (of 3)8-3-6UnknownRecast in 1794
Tenor (of 3)9-3-201618UnknownRecast in 1794

Earlier bell

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor12½ cwt approx.1610UnknownRecast in 1618

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)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-10-275026 Bristol Surprise Major
2019-08-245088 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2018-08-255088 Bristol Surprise Major
2018-04-075024 Ruthenium Surprise Major
2018-03-185024 Spliced Surprise Major (6 Methods)
2018-01-065056 Spliced Surprise Major
2017-10-295056 Spliced Surprise Major (8)
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)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2019-09-291260 Plain Bob Minor
2019-08-041260 Grandsire Triples
2019-03-171260 Grandsire Triples
2019-01-031260 Grandsire Triples
2018-03-201260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-01-141260 Plain Bob Doubles
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
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Eltham, Cemetery
Single bell

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