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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
Treble 5 cwt approx.28¼" E 1748 Robert Catlin, Holborn Never
2 5¼ cwt approx29¾" D♯ 1748 Robert Catlin, Holborn Never
3 6 cwt approx.31⅝" C♯ 1882 John Warner & Sons Never
4 7¼ cwt approx33½" B 1748 Robert Catlin, Holborn Never
5 9¾ cwt approx37¼" A 1797 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Never
6 11-1-2139" G♯ 1930 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
7 14¼ cwt approx42½" F♯ 1748 Robert Catlin, Holborn Never
Tenor 17¾ cwt approx17-2-246¼" E 1872 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 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.
1798 The rehung ring of bells was opened on 8 October. Eight pairs of gloves was offered to the gentlemen who could ring the best touch of 1008 changes of Plain Bob. This was followed by drinking at The Two Brewers. [2]
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.
[2] TO RINGERS. MONDAY the 8th of October (not Monday the 1st, before advertised) being the day fixed on to open the Bells in the new steeple, at FAVERSHAM, eight pair of GLOVES will be given to the gentlemen who shall ring the best peal of ONE THOUSAND and EIGHT Changes, PLAIN BOB, the first time of trying. A good Ordinary at the TWO BREWERS at one o’clock. (Kentish Gazette, Fri 28 Sept)

Peal Boards

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1813
01 Feb 1813: 5040 Plain Bob Major

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1948
18 Sept 1948: 5040 Grandsire Triples

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1884
10 Nov 1884: 5040 Grandsire Triples

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1885
22 Sept 1884: 5040 Grandsire Triples

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

Bell/Restoration Detail Board dated 1930

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 May 2017

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
1947-11-015024 Kent Treble Bob Major
1885-08-035040 Grandsire Triples
1777-02-045040 Plain Bob Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-10-231260 St Andrew Bob Triples
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
1978-08-231264 Plain Bob Major
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