The Bells of St Margaret’s

About the church bells

This page is the place where all information about the bells of Saint Margaret’s will be displayed. We’ve found some information on the internet and will consolidate it here in case it disappears.

  • 8 bells
  • Tenor 17-2-10 in E flat
  • Grid Ref. TQ704382
  • Frame: 3rd on top
  • Retuning: 1926 John Taylor, Whitechapel 1997
  • Upstairs Ringing Room

Details of the bells

Bell Weight
(measured 1926/1954)
Weight
(current)
Diameter Cast Founder

1

5-1-26

5-1-21

29″

1954

John Taylor & Co.

2

6-0-15

6-0-11

30?”

1954

John Taylor & Co.

3

n/a

6-1-14

30?”

1997

Whitechapel

4

7-2-23

6-3-19

341/8″

1882

Mears & Stainbank

5

8-1-24

7-2-8

37″

1737

Samuel Knight

6

9-2-27

9-2-22

383/8″

1926

John Taylor & Co.

7 12-3-14 12-0-15 43?” 1810 Thomas Mears II
8 19-0-27 17-2-10 48?” 1769 Pack & Chapman
The 4th was supplied in 1882 at 7-3-13.
Inscriptions
1. JOHN TAYLOR & CO. Fd?lower.jpg (800 bytes) FOUNDERS Flower.jpg (800 bytes) LOUGHBOROUGH
IN MEMORY OF
BERTRAM BRIDGES
1954
2. JOHN TAYLOR & CO. Flower.jpg (800 bytes) FOUNDERS Flower.jpg (800 bytes) LOUGHBOROUGH
IN MEMORY OF
BERTRAM BRIDGES
1954
3. S v K v 1737
THE WILLARD BELL

RECAST

19

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97

WHITECHAPEL

4. MEARS & STAINBANK FOUNDERS LONDON.
CARI NATALIS LOCI SEMPER MEMOR
GS HS SMITH MARRIOTT ME D. D A. D. 1882
5. S v K v 1737
6. S v K v 1737
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RECAST 1926
7. THOMAS MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1810
8. JOHN OLLIVE & JOHN ASHDOWN CH : WARDENS PACK & CHAPMAN OF LONDON FECIT 1769
Former Bells
Bell Weight Diameter Cast Founder Fate

3 of 8

6-1-5

32″

1737

Samuel Knight

Recast 1997

2 of 6

1737

Samuel Knight

Recast 1882

4 of 6

39″

1737

Samuel Knight

Recast 1926

5 of 6

1737

Samuel Knight

Recast 1810

6 of 6

1737

Samuel Knight

Recast 1769

3. S v K v 1737

History of the bells
1737
6 bells cast by Samuel Knight from the old 5.

1769
Tenor recast by Pack & Chapman.

1810
5th (of 6) recast by Thomas Mears.

1882
2nd (of 6) recast by Mears & Stainbank.

1926
Bells rehung in the old framework with new fittings by John Taylor, who also recast the 4th (of 6). The remaining bells were retuned.

1954
2 new trebles cast by John Taylor.

1955
Trebles hung in the tower to complete the octave.

1989
Back two bells became unringable, so all ringing took place on the front 6.

1997
3rd recast by Whitechapel, 7th welded by Soundweld, and all bells further retuned and rehung with new fittings in the old frame by Whitechapel.

Notes and snippets

Edwin J Lambert was a member of the Kent County Association of Change Ringers and appears in their KCACR Roll of Honour. Details as follows:
HORSMONDEN, ST MARGARET
Edwin J Lambert
Private, 9th Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment
Died while a Prisoner of War at Morhange on 22nd October 1918
Special Memorial, Saaralbe Military Cemetery, France

Kent County Association of Change Ringers 

Horsmonden Village Website