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Erith
 

Erith, St John the Baptist


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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 15 cwt approx.44½" G 1763 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel Never
7 12-2-1241¼" A 1882 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
6 9¼ cwt approx37" B 1703 Richard Phelps, Whitechapel Never
5 7¾ cwt approx34½" C 1763 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel Never
4 6-1-1932" D 1925 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
3 6 cwt approx.30" E 1763 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel Never
2 5-0-028¼" F♯ 1882 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
Treble 4-1-527¼" G 1882 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never

Inscriptions

From the original ring of 6.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble1703Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1763.
2nd1703Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1925.
3rd1703Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1763.
5th1703Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1882.
Tenor1703Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1763.

History

1552 Record of 3 bells. [1]
1703 Ring of 6 cast by Richard Phelps.
1763 Treble, 3rd and 6th (of 6) recast by Lester & Pack.
1877 Church damaged by fire.
1882 5th (of 6) recast and 2 trebles added to make 8 by Mears & Stainbank. The bells were rehung with new frame and fittings by G R Bands of Kennington.
1925 Bells quarter turned, fittings repaired and rehung with new bearings by Mears & Stainbank.
[1] Item iij bells suted of brasse in the steple and one litle bell of brasse. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)

Gallery


When the original ring of 6 bells were cast in 1703, Mrs Cornelia Bateman gave £100, a benefaction which is recorded on the inscription on the recast 4th. A descendent of Mrs Bateman's family* got in touch with the Editor of this site to advise that she h
Photo: Dickon Love, 31 Jul 2004
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2010-03-205024 Bristol Surprise Major
2005-10-085056 Cambridge Surprise Major
2004-07-315024 Spliced Surprise Major
1982-01-225120 Ipswich Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2014-03-071272 Plain Bob Minimus
2010-09-041260 Grandsire Triples
2010-02-131260 Plain Bob Doubles
2004-01-231250 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