The Bells

Bell Inscription Date Cast & Founder Weight Diameter Note
1
TO THE MEMORY OF BRIAN C MITCHELL
1932 – 1995 DONATED BY PAULINE MITCHELL IDEN COURT
1996
Whitechapel
5-0-5
(256 Kg)
 27″
(68cm)
G
2
DEDICATED TO THE PEOPLE OF STAPLEHURST AND IN MEMORY OF BRIAN C MITCHELL
B BARNES RECTOR
1996
Whitechapel
5-0-27
(266 Kg)
28″
(71.1cm)
F
3
PRAISE TO GOD THE ETERNAL FATHER
G. F. REYNER S T P RECTOR 1885
1885
Mears & Stainbank
5-1-25
(278 Kg)
30″
(76.2cm)
Eb
4
PRAISE TO GOD THE ETERNAL SON
J H C McGILL MA CURATE 1885
1885
Mears & Stainbank
5-3-19
(301 Kg)
31 1/4″
(79.4cm)
D
5
PRAISE TO GOD THE ETERNAL SPIRIT
JOHN NUNN
WILLIAM WICKINGS
CHURCHWARDENS 1885
1885
Mears & Stainbank
6-2-8
(334 Kg)
32 5/8″
(82.9cm)
C
6
GOD BLESS THE CHURCH
THIS BELL IS IN PLACE OF ONE CAST IN
1748
1885
Mears & Stainbank
7-1-26
(380 Kg)
35 1/2″
(90.2cm)
Bb
7
GOD BLESS THE QUEEN
THIS BELL IS IN PLACE OF ONE CAST IN
1663
1885
Mears & Stainbank
8-2-25
(443 Kg)
37 5/8″
(94.3cm)
Ab
8
GOD BLESS STAPLEHURST
THIS BELL IS IN PLACE OF ONE CAST IN
1594
1885
Mears & Stainbank
11-0-13
(565 Kg)
40 1/4″
(102.2cm)
G
9
HENRY TURNER C W WILLIAM
WOLLESS C W 1605
JOSEPH HATCH MADE ME T S
1605
Joseph Hatch
13-3-19
(707 Kg)
44 1/2″
(113cm)
F
10
THIS TENOR WAS IN PLACE OF ONE
CAST IN 1649 AND THE 6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd
& TREBLE BELLS WERE CAST BY
MEARS & STAINBANK IN 1885
DONA DEI DEO
1885
Mears & Stainbank
19-2-7
(994 Kg)
48 5/8″
(123.5cm)
Eb

Blueprint of current frame.

Former Bells (from the ring of 5)

 

Bell Weight Diameter Cast Founder
1 of 5 8-1-0 34″
(86.4cm)
1748 Thomas Lester
2 of 5 8-2-14 37″
(94cm)
1663 William Hatch
3 of 5 11-3-20 41″
(104cm)
1594 Robert Mot
4 of 5
(present 9th)
15-2-14 44 1/2″
(113cm)
1605 Joseph Hatch
5 of 5 21-0-6 49 1/2″
(125.7cm)
1649 John Palmar

History

 

Date Historical Information
1594 Bell cast by Robert Mot (3rd of 4).
1605 4th (of 5) cast by Joseph Hatch.
1649 Tenor (of 5) cast by John Palmar.
1663 2nd (of 5) cast by William Hatch.
1748 Treble (of 5) cast by Thomas Lester.
1885 The treble, 2nd, 3rd and tenor were recast and 3 bells were added to make 8 bells by Mears & Stainbank. The old Robert Mot bell was put on display at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
1885 St. Mark’s Day. Bells dedicated.
1921 Bells rehung by Alfred Bowell. 4th of November – To rehang the 8 bells £100. Paid cq. 21 Nov 1921
1939 The Robert Mot bell was finally broken up as there was a shortage of raw materials at that time.
1973 Tower made safe for the bells to ring again.
1996 Bells retuned with 2 new trebles added to make 10 by Whitechapel.
1997 The 10 bells were hung in a new frame.

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