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Gillingham
 

Gillingham, St Mary Magdalene


Photo: Dickon Love, Jun 2005

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Recorded by Bowell 1912)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 11-1-1811-2-041¾" F♯ 1892 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1912 Alfred Bowell
7 8-3-936⅝" G♯ 1912 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Never
6 7-2-034" A♯ 1700 Philip Wightman, Clerkenwell 1912 Alfred Bowell
5 6-0-732¾" B 1700 Philip Wightman, Clerkenwell 1912 Alfred Bowell
4 5-0-030¾" C♯ 1700 Philip Wightman, Clerkenwell 1912 Alfred Bowell
3 5-2-1229½" D♯ 1737 Richard Phelps, Whitechapel 1912 Alfred Bowell
2 4-2-426¾" E♯ 1912 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Never
Treble 4-0-025¾" F♯ 1912 Alfred Bowell, Ipswich Never

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)4-1-231811Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1912.
2nd (of 8)4-2-191811Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1912.
7th (of 8)1749Thomas LesterNeverRecast in 1912.
5th (of 8)1700Philip WightmanNeverAssumed. Recast in 1749.
Tenor (of 8)1700Philip WightmanNeverRecast in 1892

Prior to 1892.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate

History

1700 A ring of 5 was cast by Philip Wightman.
1737 A new bell was added to the ring of 5 to form a ring of 6 by Richard Phelps.
1749 5th (of 6) recast by Thomas Lester.
1766 The bell frame was repaired.
1811 2 trebles added to make 8 by Thomas Mears.
1912 Bells 1,2 and 7 were recast and the bells were rehung by Alfred Bowell. [1]
[1] To recasting the 1st, 2nd & 7th bells and rehanging the peal of eight £162-12-6. Extras. To inscriptions on the recast bells £3. To timber supplied and left fixed in tower for lifting the bells 10/- To new clock hammer and connections and refixing clock w (Bowell records, 30 Dec, 1912)

Gallery


One of the bells being taken away. The photo is dated by Chris Pickford as 1912.
Photo: Bowell collection 1913

The 8 bells in their new frame in Bowell's bellfoundry in Ipswich, 1912.
Photo: Bowell collection 1912
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-07-115088 Cambridge Surprise Major
2015-05-225060 Earl Of Berkeley Surprise Major
2014-01-085056 Plain Bob Major
2006-04-215056 Bristol Surprise Major
2004-12-295152 Kashmir Delight Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-02-251260 Grandsire Triples
2016-10-031280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2016-08-201260 Doubles
2016-04-211260 Plain Bob Triples
2016-04-161280 Ipswich Surprise Major
2015-12-201264 Plain Bob Major
2015-11-031260 Doubles (3 Methods)
2015-01-141288 Grandsire Triples
2014-12-211260 Grandsire Triples
2014-09-271260 Grandsire Triples
2014-06-121250 Pudsey Surprise Major
2013-12-221260 Doubles (2 Methods)
2013-11-281260 Stedman Triples
2013-08-011280 Superlative Surprise Major
2013-06-191250 Superlative Surprise Major
2013-06-081280 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
2012-07-121260 Grandsire Triples
2012-02-191288 Grandsire Triples
2011-11-131260 Doubles (2 Methods)
2011-11-041260 Stedman Triples
2010-11-021260 Doubles (2 methods) with 7,6,8 cover
2009-05-091260 Stedman Triples
2008-02-161260 Plain Bob Triples
2007-11-111280 Plain Bob Major
2006-07-291280 Bristol 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