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Aylesford
 

Aylesford, St Peter


Photo: Dickon Love, Apr 2007

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 4-0-2426" F 1885 Gillett & Co, Croydon Never
2 4-1-427" E 1885 Gillett & Co, Croydon Never
3 4-3-028" D 1885 Gillett & Co, Croydon Never
4 5-3-1431" C 1652 Michael Darbie Never
5 6-3-2133" B♭ 1652 Michael Darbie Never
6 8-1-236" A 1885 Gillett & Bland, Croydon Never
7 10-1-2039" G 1885 Gillett & Co, Croydon Never
Tenor 13-2-743" F 1885 Gillett & Co, Croydon Never

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

Prior to 1885

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
31708Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1885.
41661Anthony BartlettNeverRecast in 1885.
Tenor1666Anthony BartlettNeverRecast in 1885.

Prior to 1666

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor1641William HatchNeverRecast in 1666.

History

1518 Thomas Cossington bequeathed 20s for buying a new treble to augment the existing 3.
1621 -1622 One of the 4 bells was recast.
1629 -1630 3rd (of 4) recast.
1632 -1633 3rd (of 4) recast.
1641 -1641 Tenor recast by William Hatch; bells rehung in a new frame made by George Daye.
1652 Treble recast and new treble added to make 5.
1661 4th (of 5) recast by Anthony Bartlett.
1666 Tenor recast by Anthony Bartlett.
1682 -1683 3 of the 5 bells rehung.
1688 -1689 2 of the 5 bells rehung.
1708 3rd (of 5) recast by Richard Phelps; all bells rehung.
1885 Tenor recast; 3 trebles added; all rehung in a new frame. The new octave was dedicated on 19 Dec.
1887 Stahlschmidt records the eight bells together with a blank 13 inch Priest's bell, which appears to be no longer at the church, but might be one of the bells currently in the courtyard of Aylesford Priory.
1921 Bells rehung by Alfred Bowell. (1921 25th Nov: To rehanging the eight bells, tightening up the framework and supplying new steel headstock to the tenor £105. Paid cq. 3rd Dec. 1921.) [1]
1978 The back three were rehung by Whitechapel on ball bearings.
2005 10th Dec. New wheels were provided for 1 and 2 by Whites of Appleton who also refurbished the existing wheels for 3 & 4 and reduced the diameter of the existing wheel for No. 5 to make it fit into the sequence better. New bearings were provided.
2006 Bells returned and rehung by the KCACR. A new wheel was fitted to the 5th, completed 25 Feb. The newly refurbished bells were rededicated during morning service on 12 Mar.
[1] 1921 25th Nov: To rehanging the eight bells, tightening up the framework and supplying new steel headstock to the tenor £105. Paid cq. 3rd Dec. 1921. (Alfred Bowell records)

Articles

  • "The Priest's Bell", Author unknown (The Ringing World) 18 February 1977
  • "Ss Peter & Paul, Aylesford, Kent", Author unknown (The Ringing World) 31 August 1978
  • Peal Boards

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1891
    19 Feb 1891: 5040 Grandsire Triples (1st peal by the local band.)

    Photo: Richard A Smith, 18 August 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1889
    05 Aug 1889: 5040 Grandsire Triples

    Photo: Richard A Smith, 18 August 2018

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1989
    05 Aug 1989: 5040 Grandsire Triples

    Photo: Richard A Smith, 18 August 2018

    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-03-315088 Pudsey Surprise Major
    2019-02-165088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2018-03-255024 Spliced Surprise Major (8)
    2018-02-245152 Superlative Surprise Major
    2017-03-185152 Brancepeth Alliance Major
    2016-08-085024 Spliced Surprise Major (6 Methods)
    2015-06-205040 Grandsire Triples
    2014-02-225058 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2009-01-035088 Dunholme Surprise Major
    1998-11-215024 Bristol Surprise Major
    1959-11-215024 Bristol Surprise Major
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-06-061260 Doubles
    2019-03-241440 Spliced Surprise Major
    2019-02-111344 Lessness Surprise Major
    2019-01-081260 Grandsire Triples
    2019-01-011260 Plain Bob Triples
    2018-12-111260 Grandsire Triples
    2018-11-111320 Doubles (5m)
    2018-08-241250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2018-07-221260 Plain Bob Triples
    2018-06-241320 Doubles (6m)
    2018-05-211260 Single Oxford Bob Minor
    2018-05-191260 Grandsire Triples
    2018-05-131264 Plain Bob Major
    2018-04-011320 Doubles (3m)
    2018-03-121344 Plain Bob Triples
    2018-02-091280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
    2018-02-041260 Grandsire Triples
    2018-01-071280 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
    2017-12-221320 Doubles (9m)
    2017-12-161320 Doubles (7m)
    2017-12-121260 Plain Bob Triples
    2017-12-091260 Grandsire Triples
    2017-08-291260 Grandsire Triples
    2017-08-271596 St Martin's Bob Triples
    2017-08-241312 Spliced Surprise Major (6m)
    Full list of peals here
    Full list of quarters here

    Elsewhere in the Parish

    Aylesford, Carmelite Shrine Church of our Lady of Mt Carmel & St Simon Stock (RC) (Aylesford Friary)
    A church bell, a courtyard bell, a hall bell and an old refectory bell
    Aylesford, Preston Hall
    Formerly 1 clock bell, since stolen

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