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Westwell
 

Westwell, St Mary


Photo: Richard Offen, 2007

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
1 6 cwt approx.32⅛" 1630 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent Never
2 8 cwt approx.34½" 1609 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never
3 10 cwt approx.38⅜" 1616 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never
4 12 cwt approx.42¹⁄₁₆" William Oldfield Never

Inscriptions

History

1552 Record of 4 bells. [1]
1609 2nd recast by Joseph Hatch.
1616 3rd recast by Joseph Hatch.
1630 Treble recast by John Wilnar.
1758 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [2]
1968 Plans were laid to restore the bells (mending the cracked 3rd) and augment them to 6, although this never happened.
2009 A new scheme was approved to install a light six under the existing frame, maintaining the old tenor for swing chiming as a bourdon. This scheme has since gone quiet.
[1] Item iiij ryngyng bells in the bell howse. Item one bell over the Chauncell. Item ij smalle hand bells. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] This Church, which is pretty Large, consists of The Great, North, and South Chancells, The Body and 2 Side Isles - The Pillars between which are very beautyfull. In a low Shingled Spire, at the West End, hang 4 Bells. 1. John Willnar made Me. 1630. 2. Joseph Hatch made Me. 1602. 3. Joseph Hatch made Me. 1616. 4. Has no Inscription. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)

Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 1 April 2016