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Folkestone, Ss Mary & Eanswythe


Photo: Jeremy Clitheroe, Mar 2011

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As supplied)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 25-1-551¼" E 1879 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
7 17-1-345¾" F♯ 1879 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
6 13 cwt approx.13-1-940¾" G♯ 1879 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
5 11 cwt approx.11-1-238¾" A 1879 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
4 9 cwt approx.9-1-535½" B 1879 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
3 7 cwt approx.7-1-2132¼" C♯ 1879 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
2 6 cwt approx.6-0-2330¾" D♯ 1879 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Treble 6 cwt approx.6-0-1529¾" E 1879 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never

How the bells are tuned

Ring of 6 prior to 1778.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble1759Lester & PackNeverRecast in 1778
2nd1737Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1778
3rd1759Lester & PackNeverRecast in 1778
4th1737Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1778
5th1707Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1778
Tenor1724John WaylettNeverRecast in 1778

1778 Ring of Eight

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble30½"1778Pack & ChapmanNeverRecast in 1879
2nd32"1778Pack & ChapmanNeverRecast in 1879
3rd1778Pack & ChapmanNeverRecast in 1813
4th37"1778Pack & ChapmanNeverRecast in 1879
5th40½"1778Pack & ChapmanNeverRecast in 1879
6th1778Pack & ChapmanNeverRecast in 1813
7th44½"1778Pack & ChapmanNeverRecast in 1879
Tenor51"1778Pack & ChapmanNeverRecast in 1879

Bells recast from the 1778 Ring of Eight

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
3rd (of 8)34"1813Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1879
6th (of 8)42"1813Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1879

History

1707 5th (of 6) cast by Richard Phelps.
1724 Tenor recast by John Waylett.
1737 2nd and 4th (of 6) recast by Richard Phelps.
1759 Record of 6 bells in the tower. Treble and 3rd (of 6) recast by Lester & Pack. [1]
1778 Bells recast into a new octave by Pack & Chapman.
1799 Record of 8 bells in the tower. [2]
1813 3rd and 6th recast by Thomas Mears.
1879 All 8 bells recast (as 4 of them were cracked) by John Taylor and hung in a new frame. The metal from the Hatch bell at Charing was used in the tenor. The old bells were never weighed individually.
1905 Tenor rehung by John Taylor.
1935 Bells rehung.
1974 Bells rehung by local ringers (led by Alan Berry) using Whitechapel fittings. The canons were either taken off the front six bells at this point, or in 1935.
1975 18th Jan. Bells rededicated.
[1] "This Church consists of The Great, North, and South Chancells; The Body, & 2 Side Isles. The Tower is in the Middle, between the Chancell and the Body; In it are 6 Bells, thus inscribed. 1. William Dixon, and William Spain, Ch. Wardens. Lester & Pack of (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1759)
[2] The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary and St. Eanswith, consists of three isles and three chances, having a square tower, with a beacon turret in the middle of it, in which there is a clock, and a peal of eight bells, put up in it in 1779. ('The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Vol 8', Edward Hasted)

Peal Boards

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1837
17 Dec 1816: 5040 Plain Bob Triples
27 Jan 1818: 6000 Plain Bob Major
21 Nov 1836: 5040 Plain Bob Triples

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 June 2017

Stone Memorial Board dated approx. 1887

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 June 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1964
26 Dec 1963: 5040 Grandsire Triples

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 June 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1931
14 Apr 1931: 5040 Grandsire Triples

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 June 2017

Timber Bell/Restoration Detail Board dated approx. 1879

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 June 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1922
27 Dec 1921: 5040 Stedman Triples

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 June 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1914
09 Sept 1914: 5040 Grandsire Triples (Induction of Canon Tindall as Vicar.)

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 June 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1816
17 Dec 1815: 5040 Plain Bob Major

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 June 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1969
14 Sept 1969: 5040 Grandsire Triples (Patronal Festival.)

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 June 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1890
14 Mar 1890: 5040 Grandsire Triples
06 May 1886: 5040 Grandsire Triples

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 June 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1903
17 Mar 1903: 5040 Grandsire Triples (First peal by the local band.)
07 Oct 1903: 5040 Grandsire Triples (In memory of G Holdom.)

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 June 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1882
20 Dec 1843: 6720 Plain Bob Major (Bells Life in London, The Era, The Maidstone Journal and the E J Osborne manuscripts all give this as rung on 17 Jan 1846)
18 Feb 1860: 5040 Grandsire Triples
10 Apr 1882: 5040 Grandsire Triples (1st peal on the bells.)

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 1 June 2017

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2015-12-125024 Spliced Surprise Major
2015-01-105088 Lessness Surprise Major
2014-12-135040 Stedman Triples
2013-12-145040 Stedman Triples
2012-12-085040 Stedman Triples
2011-12-105040 Grandsire Triples
2010-12-115040 Grandsire Triples
2008-12-205152 Spliced Surprise Major
2001-12-225152 Spliced Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-07-041296 Stedman Triples
2017-06-041280 Kent Treble Bob Major
2017-05-301260 Plain Bob Triples
2014-08-021344 Stedman Triples
2013-07-171260 Stedman Triples
2013-06-191260 Stedman Triples
2012-06-051260 Doubles (2 methods)
2011-12-011260 Stedman Triples
2010-06-051260 Grandsire Doubles
2009-12-011260 Plain Bob Triples
2009-11-241260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
2009-07-051260 Plain Bob Triples
2008-10-211288 Grandsire Triples
2007-08-171260 Stedman Triples
2006-06-081344 Plain Bob Triples
2006-05-181260 Stedman Triples
2006-04-271260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
2006-02-231264 Plain Bob Major
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Folkestone, Mundella School
Single bell

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