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Faversham
 

Faversham, St Mary of Charity


Photo: Dickon Love, Mar 2006

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As supplied)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 17¾ cwt approx17-2-246¼" E 1872 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
7 14¼ cwt approx42½" F♯ 1748 Robert Catlin, Holborn Never
6 11-1-2139" G♯ 1930 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
5 9¾ cwt approx37¼" A 1797 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Never
4 7¼ cwt approx33½" B 1748 Robert Catlin, Holborn Never
3 6 cwt approx.31⅝" C♯ 1882 John Warner & Sons Never
2 5¼ cwt approx29¾" D♯ 1748 Robert Catlin, Holborn Never
Treble 5 cwt approx.28¼" E 1748 Robert Catlin, Holborn Never

Inscriptions

Of the 1748 Ring of 8.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
3rd1748Robert CatlinNeverRecast 1882
5th1748Robert CatlinNeverRecast 1797
6th1748Robert CatlinNeverRecast 1939 as cracked
Tenor1748Robert CatlinNeverRecast 1872

The original 1441 ring.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 5)10-0-221441Joanna HilleNever
2nd (of 5)14-0-121441Joanna HilleNever
3rd (of 5)18-2-161441Joanna HilleNever
4th (of 5)24-2-141441Joanna HilleNever
Tenor (of 5)34-1-231441Joanna HilleNeverMeasured in 1459 as 34-2-4. Either different measurements or different bells.

The 1459 recast tenor

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor (of 5)35-0-41459Joanna SturdyNever

The 1610 tenor

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor (of ?)1610Joseph HatchNeverFounder not certain

History

1300 22nd Nov Abbott Winchelsey placed a ban on services in the church including the ringing of bells following a riot in the church.
1441 5 new bells were cast by Johanna Hille of London with a tenor weighing over 34 cwt.
1459 Johanna Sturdy (no relation to Johanna Hille) recast the tenor.
1464 Edward Thomassom gave £60 towards "edifying the new steeple" (the northwest tower).
1610 The tenor was again recast, possibly by Joseph Hatch. It is possible that the bells were remodelled to form 6 at this time.
1748 The bells were recast into 8 by Robert Catlin.
1767 January The first service was held after 2 years' work to pull down the central tower and rebuild the crossing (to the design of George Dance).
1793 The old bell tower was taken down to the aisle roof level and capped off while the bells were placed in storage.
1794 August The foundation stone of the new full western tower was laid. The tower was built with a spire similar to Sir Christopher Wren's at St Dunstan in the East, London.
1797 The bells were rehung in a new frame and the 5th was recast at a cost of £76, together with a new clock by Thwaites with a single dial at £100.
1868 The bells were rehung.
1872 Tenor recast by Mears & Stainbank.
1882 3rd recast and ring overhauled by John Warner.
1908 Bells rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
1930 6th recast and bells rehung by Gillett & Johnston.

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2015-06-145088 Magna Carta Delight Major
2012-01-015056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2006-03-055024 Cambridge Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-07-061260 Bob Doubles
2016-06-081260 Bob Doubles
2016-05-141280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2016-05-041260 Bob Doubles
2016-04-201260 Bob Doubles
2016-01-271260 Bob Doubles
2015-06-171272 Bob Minimus
2015-05-101260 Grandsire Doubles
2014-11-051272 Bob Minimus
2010-09-191260 Stedman Triples
2009-03-151260 Plain Bob Doubles
2007-08-301260 Stedman Triples
2006-10-081260 Grandsire Triples
2006-05-131260 Stedman Triples
2006-01-291260 Plain Bob Doubles
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Faversham, Market House
Single clock bell

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