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LITTLE CHART
St Mary the Virgin & The Holy Rood (Old Church)

Photo 14th July, 1941

Formerly 6 bells
Tenor: 7-3-20 in A flat
Grid Ref. TQ934466
Ashford District
Frame: Timber
Retuning: 1932 Alfred Bowell
Ground Floor
Church destroyed by bombing in 1944
Bells transferred to the New Church
1st 4 peals in PEALS

DETAILS OF THE BELLS

Bell

Weight
(1932)

Scrapping
Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

1

4-0-18

4-0-14

26"

F

1932

Alfred Bowell

2

4-1-6

4-0-21

271/2"

E flat

1722

Samuell Knight

3

4-3-11

4-3-12

29"

D flat

1932

Alfred Bowell

4

5-3-3

n/a

32"

C

1722

Samuell Knight

5

6-3-23

6-2-13

34"

B flat

1722

Samuell Knight

6

7-3-21

7-3-20

361/8"

A flat

1932

Alfred Bowell

INSCRIPTIONS

1.  
CAST BY
BOWELL OF IPSWICH,
1932

"SING UNTIL THE LORD AND BLESS HIS NAME"

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3. SAMUEL KNIGHT, FECIT. 1722.
RECAST BY
BOWELL OF IPSWICH,
1932.
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6. R. CATLIN, FECIT, 1742. THE REVD MR THOS PEARSON, RECTOR. JON ASHBEE,    JOHN ATWAY, CHURCHWARDENS.
RECAST BY
BOWELL OF IPSWICH,
1932.
 

The details of the 4th are those given by Stahlschmidt, excepting the weight which, with the others, is that given by Alfred Bowell in 1932. The inscriptions and diameters come from John Taylor.

FORMER BELLS

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Cast

Founder

Fate

2 of 5

D flat

1722

Samuel Knight

Recast 1932

5 of 5

A flat

1722

Samuell Knight

Recast 1932

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HISTORY

1552

Record of 4 bells in the old church.

1722

5 bells were cast by Samuel Knight.

1742

Tenor recast by Robert Catlin.

1932

Bells tuned and augmented to 6 with the 2nd and tenor recast by Alfred Bowell of Ipswich. The bells were rehung in a new steel frame.

1932 16 May:
To recasting the tenor & 2nd bells, adding a new treble bell and rehanging the peal £205. To new set of 5 bell ropes £5. Total £210. paid cq. on a/c £50 20 Feb 1932. Cq. £100 8 June 1932. cq £30 8 Nov 1932. cq £15 14 March 1933. cq. £15 17 Nov 1933.

1944

16th Aug.

The church received a direct hit from a flying bomb. Only the badly damaged tower and parts of the chancel wall survived.

1945 The bells were removed from the tower and stored by the railway line from where the 4th was stolen. The belfry stage of the tower was then largely demolished.
1955 The 5 surviving bells were taken to John Taylor & Co., Loughborough. The new church and tower were completed.

1956

6 new bells were cast from the metal of the 5 remaining old bells and hung in a new tower in the new church by John Taylor.

1956

29th Sept.

Service of Consecration of the new church and new bells, conducted by Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher.

c. 1964

The ruins of the old church were made safe and a concrete floor was inserted in the tower at "1st floor" level.

GALLERY

Photo from DLC collection July 1941 1944, photo from DLC collection little_chart_old3.jpg (60980 bytes)
The interior of the old church showing the ground floor ringing room and the six ropes hanging down. The window at the top has fragments of old glass with a seated Madonna in a golden crown and the Child kneeling. The church shortly after bombing.  
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The ruins in 2011 (Photo DLC).