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Great Chart, St Mary the Virgin


Photo: Dickon R Love, 1985

  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 13-0-16
  • Grid Ref: TQ979419
  • Rung from: Glazed Gallery
  • Frame: 1959 Mears & Stainbank, made of cast iron
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: I Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

  • Sound clip of the ring of bells.(Damian S Smith)

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(John Taylor casting book, 1876)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
® Treble 4-1-426¾" F 1987 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® 2 4-3-1327¾" E 1987 Whitechapel Bell FoundryNever
® 3 5-2-15-3-2630¼" D 1876 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough1959 Mears & Stainbank
® 4 5-3-76-1-2632¼" C 1875 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough1959 Mears & Stainbank
® 5 8-0-48-1-2135⅛" B♭ 1875 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough1959 Mears & Stainbank
® 6 8-0-188-2-735¾" A 1875 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough1959 Mears & Stainbank
® 7 10-3-911-3-1140" G 1761 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel1959 Mears & Stainbank
® Tenor 13-0-1643⅛" F 1805 Thomas Mears & Son1959 Mears & Stainbank

® Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

Ring of 5 recorded in 1758

Bell DateFounderFate
Treble (of 5)1636John WilnarRecast in 1761.
2nd (of 5)1610Joseph HatchRecast in 1761.
3rd (of 5)1614Joseph HatchRecast in 1761.
4th (of 5)1418-1440Richard HillRecast in 1761.
Tenor (of 5)1606Joseph HatchRecast in 1761.

1761 recast bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
DiameterDateFounderFate
Treble (of 5)7-1-132⅛"1761Lester & PackRecast in 1876. Cast weight WBF given 1761.
2nd (of 5)7-3-334½"1761Lester & PackRecast in 1876. Cast weight WBF given 1761.
3rd (of 5)8-3-1636½"1761Lester & PackRecast in 1876. Cast weight WBF given 1761. Maiden bell.
Tenor (of 5)13-3-2543"1761Lester & PackRecast in 1805. Cast weight WBF given 1761. Maiden bell.

History

1418 -1440 A bell was cast by Richard Hille.
1552 Record of 4 bells. [1]
1606 Tenor (of 5) cast by Joseph Hatch.
1610 2nd (of 5) cast by Joseph Hatch.
1614 3rd (of 5) cast by Joseph Hatch)
1636 Treble (of 5) cast.
1758 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [2]
1761 4th (of 5) recast by Lester & Pack.
1805 Tenor recast by Thomas Mears.
1875 The front 3 were recast by John Taylor.
1876 A new treble was added to make six by John Taylor.
1959 Bells retuned and rehung in a new frame for 8 by Mears & Stainbank. They were rededicated by the Bishop of Dover on 24 September. [3]
1987 2 trebles added and hung by Whitechapel. The metal from an 1884 Gillett bell from St Peter's, Maidstone, a bell from St Mary, Ramsgate and a bell from Christ Church Dunkirk was included.
2000 A new upstairs (glazed) ringing gallery was constructed.
[1] Item iiij°'' greate bells and a saunce bell. Item ij handbells. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] This Church consists of 3 Chancells, The Body and 2 Isles. The Tower stands at the West End, and has in it 5 Bells thus inscribed. 1. Nicholas Toke. S.G. H.S. W.-. 1636. 2. Joseph Hatch made Me. 1610. 3. Joseph Hatch made Me. W.M. C.W. 1614. 4. Sum Rosa pulsata Mundi Maria Vocata. 5. Joseph Hatch made Me. 1606. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)
[3] Rung to celebrate the restoration of the bells, rededicated by the Bishop of Dover on Sept. 24 Gaudeamus igitur (Peal Board)

Peal Boards

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1979
24 Jun 1979: 5040 Plain Bob Minor (In memoriam Lewis Day)

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 15 May 2019

Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1959
10 Oct 1959: 5040 Plain Bob Minor (For restoration and rededication of the bells by the Bishop of Dover on 24 Sept.)

Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 15 May 2019

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-11-305250 Spliced Surprise Major
2017-11-045040 Grandsire Triples
2011-07-305040 Minor (3m)
2011-05-265056 Cambridge Surprise Major
2011-03-195040 Grandsire Triples
2009-08-175024 Crewkerne Surprise Major
2007-12-015040 Spliced Triples
2006-11-045152 Rutland Surprise Major
2006-01-025120 Cambridge Surprise Major
2005-03-055056 Cambridge Surprise Major
2003-12-295040 Plain Bob Major
2002-11-025152 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
1998-11-215056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
1989-08-055056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
1979-06-245040 Plain Bob Minor
1977-12-245040 Minor
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2020-03-121344 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2020-01-231250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2019-11-071282 Cambridge Surprise Major
2019-10-221260 Doubles (7m/v)
2019-08-121280 Rutland Surprise Major
2019-05-061260 Plain Bob Triples
2019-04-131312 Turramurra Surprise Major
2019-03-221280 Uxbridge Surprise Major
2019-02-261260 Erin Triples
2018-11-021344 Superlative Surprise Major
2017-12-241260 Grandsire Triples
2017-10-241260 Stedman Triples
2017-10-101260 Oxford Bob Minor
2017-07-071296 Double Oxford Bob Major
2017-03-041260 Julie McDonnell New Bob Triples
2016-11-191260 Grandsire Triples
2016-09-031260 St Clement's College Bob Minor
2016-07-231260 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-11-101250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2015-05-101280 Cambridge Surprise Major
2015-05-081260 Plain Bob Doubles
2015-03-281260 Plain Bob Doubles
2014-06-281260 Plain Bob Doubles
2014-05-281314 Ambridge Surprise Major
2014-04-121260 April Day Doubles
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here


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