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Erith
 

Erith, St John the Baptist


Photo: Dickon Love

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)*
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 4-1-527¼" G 1882 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
2 5-0-028¼" F♯ 1882 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
3 7-1-1930" E 1763 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel Never
4 6-1-1932" D 1925 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
5 8-3-434½" C 1763 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel Never
6 9-3-1237" B 1703 Richard Phelps, Whitechapel Never
7 12-2-1241¼" A 1882 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
Tenor 16-3-2244½" G 1763 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel Never

* Source of weight figures: Monumental Inscriptions in Erith Parish Church, Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 16 1886

Inscriptions

The original ring of 6.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble7 cwt approx.1703Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1763.
2nd6-2-1332"1703Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1925.
3rd9 cwt approx.1703Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1763.
4th9-3-1237"1703Richard PhelpsNeverStill in the tower
5th13 cwt approx.1703Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1882.
Tenor17 cwt approx.1703Richard 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 The church was damaged by fire after which it went through a complete restoration. The tower (14 feet square inside, and 40 feet high) was almost entirely rebuilt. [2]
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. The bells were taken down in June 1881 and rehung in November 1882. [3]
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)
[2] The old church underwent a complete restoration in the year 1877. A north aisle (50 feet long and 21 feet broad) was then added, and a north chancel built; the old vestry was removed to give room for this. A new porch wns built at the south door; the tower (14 feet square inside, and 40 feet high) was almost entirely rebuilt, and a peal of eight bells was completed by the addition of two to the older six. (Monumental Inscriptions in Erith Parish Church, Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 16 1886)
[3] The bells were taken down in June 1881, and re-hung in November 1882. The fifth bell (now the seventh) was recast, and two smaller bells were added. The bells bear the following inscriptions : 1st and 2nd. Mears and Stainbank. Founders. London, 1882. 3rd and 8th. Lester and Pack, of London. Fecit. James Marsh, Churchwarden.1763. 4th. Mrs. Cornelia Bateman gave £100 towards these bells. 5th. James Marsh, Chh "Warden, 1763. Lester and Park, of London. 6th. E. Phelps. Fecit 1703. 7th. (Before recasting) B. P. Fecit 1703; (after recasting) Mears and Stainbank, Founders, 1882. Their weights without clappers are: treble, 4 cwt. 1 qr. 5 Ibs.; 2nd, 5 cwt. 0 qr. 0 lb.; 3rd, 3 cwt. 1 qr. 19 Ibs.; 4th, 6 cwt. 2 qrs. 13 Ibs.; 5th, 8 cwt. 3 qrs. 4 Ibs.; 6th, 9 cwt. 3 qrs. 12 Ibs.; 7th, 12 cwt. 2 qrs. 12 Ibs.; tenor, 16 cwt. 3 qrs. 22 Ibs. Total weight of metal, 69 cwt. 2 qrs. 3 Ibs. The smallest bell is 26½ inches in width across the mouth; the largest 44½ inches. [There is clearly a misprint in the weight of the 3rd,which is surely not 3-1-19, however the weights are all added up, to get to 69-2-3, the 3rd is obviously 7-1-19 (which makes it heavier than the 4th, but given the dates of them, this is not unreasonable).] (Monumental Inscriptions in Erith Parish Church, Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 16 1886)

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
1961-08-115040 Stedman Triples
1961-04-215152 Spliced Surprise Major
1960-02-195056 Premier Surprise Major
1958-11-075040 Erin Triples
1957-07-195040 Stedman Triples
1957-06-075088 Bristol Surprise Major
1957-05-245024 Ealing Surprise Major
1956-10-125088 Bristol Surprise Major
1955-05-065040 Stedman Triples
1953-05-025120 Spliced Surprise Major
1939-05-205056 Superlative Surprise Major
1935-04-065024 Spliced Surprise Major
1934-12-015056 Cambridge Surprise Major
1931-10-185088 Norfolk Surprise Major
1931-08-165088 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
1931-02-155024 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
1903-03-145088 Kent Treble Bob Major
1900-03-315088 Superlative Surprise Major
1895-03-295056 Kent Treble Bob Major
1895-03-075040 Stedman Triples
1892-08-265024 Kent Treble Bob 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