Bromley, Plaistow Cemetery

Photo: Dickon R Love, 31 Jul 2022

  • Single hemispherical bell
  • Tenor: 0-3-12
  • Grid Ref: TQ405707
  • The site is now full but open to visitors

  • Details of the Bells

    Bell Weight
    (most recent) *
    Diameter Note Date Founder Canons Retuned
    Hemispherical bell 0-3-12 18" 1910 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never

    * Source of weight figures: Whitechapel records

    ꓕ- Hung dead

    Prior to 1910

    Bell Weight
    (most recent)
    Date Founder Retuned Fate
    Single bell 2-1-16 Unknown Unknown Never 2-1-9 nett. Recast 1910.

    1893 The cemetery, which is the second oldest in Bromley, was opened in the parish of St Mary's Plaistow (pre-dating the nearby church of St Andrew). It was equipped with a single bell. The cemetery is approached through an impressive gatehouse, this cemetery has over 4,000 grave spaces in its 4 acre site. Part of the cemetery was consecrated, on Sat 18 Mar. [1]
    1910 The bell was replaced with a new hemispherical bell, cast by Mears & Stainbank and mounted with the mouth open vertically. It was chimed with a rope and hammer. The old bell was sold back to the foundry. (Given the dispatch was in Jan 1910, the bell might be dated 1909. A reading of the inscription should determine that.) [2]

    [1] CONSECRATION OF PLAISTOW CEMETERY. - On Saturday afternoon, in response to the petition of the Burial Board, the Bishop of Dove, acting for his Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, attended by Sir John Hassard, registrar of the diocese, arrived at Plaistow to perform the ceremony of consecrating a portion of the new cemetery.' ('Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Sat 25 Mar 1893)
    [2] H.O. Ford, 27 College Road, Bromley, Kent. An 18" bell (hemispherical) for Plaistow Cemetery, 0-3-12, with chiming hammer and rope etc. Less old bell 2-1-16 gross (2-1-9 nett). Total £1.18.0' ('Whitechapel daybook, 19 Jan, 1910)

    The hemispherical bell appearing side on in the turret.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 31 Jul 2022

    The bell appearing from the other angle.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 31 Jul 2022

    The inscription is just about visible from the ground.
    Photo: Dickon R Love, 31 Jul 2022

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 31 Jul 2022

    Page updated: 1 August 2022