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Great Chart, St Mary the Virgin


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Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(John Taylor casting book, 1876)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 13-0-1643⅛" F 1805 Thomas Mears & Son 1959 Mears & Stainbank
7 10-3-911-3-1140" G 1761 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel 1959 Mears & Stainbank
6 8-0-188-2-735¾" A 1875 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 1959 Mears & Stainbank
5 8-0-48-1-2135⅛" B♭ 1875 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 1959 Mears & Stainbank
4 5-3-76-1-2632¼" C 1875 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 1959 Mears & Stainbank
3 5-2-15-3-2630¼" D 1876 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 1959 Mears & Stainbank
2 4-3-1327¾" E 1987 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never
Treble 4-1-426¾" F 1987 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Never

Inscriptions

Ring of 6 recorded in 1758

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 5)1636John WilnarNeverRecast in 1761.
2nd (of 5)1610Joseph HatchNeverRecast in 1761.
3rd (of 5)1614Joseph HatchNeverRecast in 1761.
4th (of 5)1418-1440Richard HillNeverRecast in 1761.
Tenor (of 5)1606Joseph HatchNeverRecast in 1761.

1761 recast bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 5)7-1-132⅛"1761Lester & PackNeverRecast in 1876. Cast weight WBF given 1761.
2nd (of 5)7-3-334½"1761Lester & PackNeverRecast in 1876. Cast weight WBF given 1761.
3rd (of 5)8-3-1636½"1761Lester & PackNeverRecast in 1876. Cast weight WBF given 1761. Maiden bell.
Tenor (of 5)13-3-2543"1761Lester & PackNeverRecast 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.
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 p (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
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)
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.
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
2014-04-021280 Jersey Surprise Major
2013-12-181260 Plain Bob Doubles
2013-08-291260 Grandsire Triples
2013-07-131260 Plain Bob Doubles
2013-07-051260 Grandsire Doubles
2013-07-041280 Doubles (2m/2v)
2013-06-291260 Grandsire Doubles
2013-06-281320 Plain Bob Minor
2013-06-151260 April Day Doubles
2013-06-141260 Plain Bob Doubles
2013-06-131260 Grandsire Doubles
2013-05-151250 Bottesford Surprise Major
2012-12-031260 Plain Bob Doubles
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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