Gillingham, Kent
St Mary Magdalene
Sunday, 6 December 1812 in 2h 56 (12 cwt approx)
5040 Plain Bob Major
1 William Hitchcock
2 John Rock
3 Robert Kemsley
4 John Chamberlin
5 John Kemsley
6 John Johnson
7 John Woodhead (C)
8 Thomas Kemsley
Kentish Gazette - Friday 11 December 1812:
Sunday morning last, was rung at St. Mary's church, seven the St. Mary's Youths, and John Woodhead, of the First West York Band, true and complete peal Bob Major, consisting of 5040 changes in two hours and 56 minutes, being the first peal ever rung on those bells, was performed in a masterly style, by the following persons: —
Treble Wm Hitchcock.
Second John Rock.
Third Robert Kemsley.
Fourth John Chamberlin.
Fifth John Kemsley.
Sixth John Johnson.
Seventh John Woodhead.
Eighth Tho. Kemsley.
The Peal was conducted by John Woodhead