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Gravesend, St George


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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 18-1-646½" E 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
7 13-1-241½" F♯ 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
6 9-3-237⅛" G♯ 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
5 8-0-2135" A 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
4 6-1-2332" B 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
3 5-0-2329½" C♯ 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
2 4-1-1727½" D♯ 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Treble 4-0-2626½" E 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never

Inscriptions

Original Ring of 8.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)4-3-2028¼"E1736Richard PhelpsNeverWeight measured 1793. Recast in 1771.
2nd (of 8)D♯1736Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1793.
3rd (of 8)6-1-731¼"C♯1736Richard PhelpsNeverWeight measured 1793. Recast in 1813.
4th (of 8)7-1-1233½"B1736Richard PhelpsNeverWeight measured 1793. Recast in 1871.
5th (of 8)9-0-636¼"A1736Richard PhelpsNeverWeight measured 1793. Recast in 1902.
6th (of 8)10-1-G♯1736Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1771.
7th (of 8)13-1-142¾"F♯1736Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1923.
Tenor (of 8)E1736Richard PhelpsNeverRecast in 1793.

Those recast in 1923

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)5-1-9E1900John Warner & SonsNeverRecast in 1923.
2nd (of 8)5-1-1229"D♯1793Thomas Mears INeverSupplied at 5-2-11. Recast in 1923.
3rd (of 8)7-0-6C♯1813Thomas Mears INeverRecast in 1923.
4th (of 8)7-0-27B1871Mears & StainbankNeverRecast in 1923.
5th (of 8)8-1-27A1902John Warner & SonsNeverRecast in 1923.
6th (of 8)10-0-538¼"G♯1771Thomas SwainNeverFormer weight measured 1793. Recast in 1923.
7th (of 8)12-3-25F♯1879Mears & StainbankNeverRecast in 1923.
Tenor of 817-3-2247"E1793Thomas Mears INeverFormer weight measured 1793. Recast in 1923.

Pre-1900 treble

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)4¾ cwt approx.28"E1771Thomas SwainNever

History

1522 The ringers were fined for not ringing at Bishop Fisher's visitation.
1731 Tower built between 1731 and 1733.
1736 Ring of 8 cast by Richard Phelps.
1771 Treble and 6th recast by Thomas Swain.
1793 2nd and tenor recast by Thomas Mears.
1813 3rd recast by Thomas Mears.
1871 4th recast by Mears & Stainbank.
1879 7th recast by Mears & Stainbank.
1896 Bells repaired by Samuel Goslin.
1900 Treble recast and bells rehung by John Warner & Sons.
1922 December The old bells and frame were removed by William T. Billinghurst (Taylor's senior bellhanger at the time.
1923 A new ring of 8 bells as cast by John Taylor (on 1st Feb). The inscriptions on the former bells were preserved on the new bells, although those on the treble and second became transposed in error. In May, the new bells and frame were installed by Richar

Gallery


The new ring of 8 in the church yard prior to their hanging in 1923.
Photo: David Cawley collection

The tenor bell.
Photo: Dickon Love, 1 May 2004

The belfry (north wall at top). 4th in middle, 5th above and 6th on right.
Photo: Dickon Love, 1 May 2004

The belfry (east wall at top). Treble on left, 2nd above and tenor on right.
Photo: Dickon Love, 1 May 2004

The 8 bells pictured at the bell foundry.
Photo: Bowell collection

The front of the tenor with all its inscription.
Photo: Dickon Love, 1 May 2004

Peal Boards

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1807
08 Feb 1807: 5120 Oxford Treble Bob Major

Photo: Peter Joyce, 3 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1832
25 Apr 1832: 5024 Oxford Treble Bob Major

Photo: Peter Joyce, 3 May 2017

Stone Performance Board dated approx. 1861
20 Jun 1860: 5040 Grandsire Triples (Other records suggest 28th or 29th June.)
13 Feb 1861: 5040 Grandsire Triples
22 Feb 1861: 5040 Grandsire Triples

Photo: Peter Joyce, 3 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1924
03 Nov 1923: 5040 Grandsire Triples (The first peal on the bells.)

Photo: Peter Joyce, 3 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1909
20 Feb 1909: 5040 Grandsire Triples (Rung solely by ringers attached to this church.)

Photo: Peter Joyce, 3 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1886
13 Feb 1886: 5040 Grandsire Triples

Photo: Peter Joyce, 3 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1863
19 Sept 1863: 5040 Stedman Triples (The first peal in the method on the bells.)

Photo: Peter Joyce, 3 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1874
24 Jan 1874: 5088 Kent Treble Bob Major (The first peal in the method on the bells.)

Photo: Peter Joyce, 3 May 2017

Photo: Peter Joyce, 3 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1936
28 Jan 1936: 5040 Grandsire Triples (To the memory of King George V with the bells fully muffled the tenor being open at backstroke.)

Photo: Peter Joyce, 3 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1807
30 Mar 1807: 8160 Oxford Treble Bob Major (The greatest performance in this method ever before completed in Kent.)

Photo: Peter Joyce, 3 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1786
01 Jan 1786: 5040 Grandsire Triples

Photo: Peter Joyce, 3 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1846
12 Mar 1844: 5040 Grandsire Triples
10 Mar 1846: 5040 Grandsire Triples

Photo: Peter Joyce, 3 May 2017

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1817
12 Mar 1817: 6000 Double London Court Bob Major (The greatest length in this method ever before accomplished in this county.)
15 1818: 6000 Double Norwich Court Bob Major (The greatest length in this method ever before accomplished in this county.)

Photo: Peter Joyce, 3 May 2017

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-03-255120 Princess Pocahontas Surprise Major
2016-04-235056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2015-09-265120 Bristol Surprise Major
2007-12-075120 Princess Pocahontas Surprise Major
2004-05-015056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
1988-06-185024 Spliced Surprise Major
1985-12-285088 Bristol Surprise Major
1985-12-145184 Ealing Surprise Major
1985-08-255152 Superlative Surprise Major
1985-02-025088 Bristol Surprise Major
1984-02-255088 Spliced Surprise Major (5m)
1983-12-105056 London Surprise Major
1983-07-305056 Spliced Surprise Major (5m)
1983-05-145024 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
1982-12-045184 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
1982-01-165056 Spliced Surprise Major (12m)
1981-06-275056 Rutland Surprise Major
1981-05-275056 Cambridge Surprise Major
1981-04-255088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
1981-02-075152 Yorkshire Surprise Major
1981-01-015056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
1980-06-215104 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
1979-10-205056 Spliced Surprise Major (30m)
1979-05-285056 Plain Bob Major
1979-03-245088 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-08-081260 Grandsire Triples
2017-04-291260 Julie McDonnell New Bob Triples
2017-03-211260 Stedman Triples
2016-12-101280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2016-08-261280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2016-03-201280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2015-10-231260 Grandsire Triples
2015-03-211260 Oxford Bob Triples
2014-11-291260 Grandsire Triples
2014-10-251260 Grandsire Triples
2012-07-201344 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2010-11-201263 Stedman Triples
2008-02-211280 Spliced Surprise Major
1985-01-041280 Glasgow Surprise Major
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Gravesend, Jubilee Clock Tower

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