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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
4 12 cwt approx.42¹⁄₁₆" William Oldfield Never
3 10 cwt approx.38⅜" 1616 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never
2 8 cwt approx.34½" 1609 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never
1 6 cwt approx.32⅛" 1630 John Wilnar, Borden, Kent 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. Jos (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)

Gallery


The second bell. This (and the other bells) are photographed "up". It should be emphasised that this doesn't make them all ringable and full circle ringing is not permitted here.
Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2000

The second bell. Note the peg and stirrup clapper.
Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2000

The second with its heavily skirted lip. Above, old chalk marks in the tenor record repairs to the bells and clappers by G Appleyard.
Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2000


Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2000

3rd.
Photo: David Cawley
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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