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Gravesend
 

Gravesend, St George


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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Treble 4-0-2626½" E 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
2 4-1-1727½" D♯ 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
3 5-0-2329½" C♯ 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
4 6-1-2332" B 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
5 8-0-2135" A 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
6 9-3-237⅛" G♯ 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
7 13-1-241½" F♯ 1923 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Tenor 18-1-646½" 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 Richard Lane and George Smith. The total cost of the project was £789 10s. 0d. This was quite expensive at the time, but the result was an excellent set of castings and one of the best rings in Kent. The new bells were dedicated by the Bishop of Rochester on 13th May.

Articles

  • "St George's, Gravesend (article full of inaccuracies)", Collins, G W J (The Ringing World) 13 September 1974
  • "St George's, Gravesend", Cluett, F A (The Ringing World) 4 October 1974
  • 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.
    2018-11-181260 Grandsire Triples
    2018-09-171260 Plain Bob Triples
    2018-07-081260 Plain Bob Triples
    2018-02-041287 Grandsire Triples
    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
    1987-12-071280 Rutland Surprise Major
    1986-06-021280 Rutland Surprise Major
    1985-01-041280 Glasgow Surprise Major
    1978-08-301264 Double Norwich Court Bob 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