St John the Divine, Kennington

jimhedgcock jameshedgcock at h...
Sun Jan 18 23:12:02 GMT 2004

'Dove' has always recorded the war loss at Kennington as a ring of 
eight. If Jim is correct in his statement, one wonders why a 
correction has not been made over the last fifty years or more.--- 

In bellhistorians at, "jim phillips" <jim at p...> wrote:
> For twelve years on leaving school I was engaged in the tropical 
> trade and in the late 1950's I supervised the unloading of a barge 
load of
> Yang (Dipterocarpus spp) timber that had been cut to size in 
Thailand for
> the bellframes of Great Yarmouth, Bow and St John the Divine, 
> Both Yarmouth and Bow have had twelve's for many years now but does 
> know what happened to Kennington? The massive timber bellframe has 
been in
> that tower for nigh on 50 years and still no bells have been 
installed to
> replace the 1889 Whitechapel 20 cwt twelve lost by enemy action in 
> The timber was completely free of any knots and comes from an 
evergreen tree
> 150 ft or more in height, and 70 ft to the first branch, with a 
> frequently exceeding 12 ft. The wood was pale red to red-brown in 
> and weighs between 40 to 57 lbs per cubic ft. Dipterocarpus spp 
from Burma
> is known as Gurjun and from Malaya as Keruing.

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