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Willesborough, St Mary the Virgin


Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

  • 6 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 12 cwt approx. in F♯.
  • Grid Ref: TR029415
  • Anticlockwise
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Canterbury
    Archdeaconry (Anglican): Ashford
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Ashford
  • Building Listed Grade: II Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date FounderRetuned
® Treble 4½ cwt approx27¼" D♯ 1886 Llewellins & James, BristolNever
® 2 5½ cwt approx29½" C♯ 1769 Lester, Pack & Chapman, WhitechapelNever
® 3 8 cwt approx.31¼" B 1605 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, KentNever
® 4 7 cwt approx.33¾" A♯ 1605 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, KentNever
® 5 9 cwt approx.37½" G♯ 1625 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, KentNever
® Tenor 12 cwt approx.40⅞" F♯ 1623 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, KentNever

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

History

c 1220 Tower built although the spire was added some considerable time later.
1552 Record of 4 bells. [1]
1605 Treble, 2nd and 3rd (of 5) recast by Joseph Hatch.
1623 Tenor (of 5) recast by Joseph Hatch.
1625 4th (of 5) recast by Joseph Hatch.
1758 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [2]
1769 Treble (of 5) recast by Lester, Pack & Chapman.
1865 Spire rebuilt (exactly as before).
1886 Treble added to make 6 by Llewellins & James.
1898 Clock erected to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
1930 Bells rehung by Alfred Bowell. [3]
[1] Item fower great bells in the Steple. Item iij small bells called Sacryng bells. Item one bell being called a hand bell stollen out of the wyndowe of the churche. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] This Church consists of The Chancell, Body, South Chancell, & South Isle; and a Small Vestry, on the North Side of the Great Chancell. In a tallish Shingled Spire’d Steeple, at the West End hang 5 Bells thus Inscribed. 1. Josephus Hatch Made Me. 1605. 2. Josephus Hatch Made Me. 1605. 3. Joseph Hatch made Me. 1605. 4. William Flintstone. C.W. Josephus Hatch fecit Me. 1623. 5. Giles Maisters. C.W. Josephus Hatch Me fecit. 1623. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)
[3] 1930 24 Feb: To rehanging the six bell £130. Extras. To new timber, etc. for frame £5. To six new bell ropes £6. Creosoting old frame £2. Total £143. Paid 2 cqs on a/c £90. cq. £53 28 June 1930. 1931 1 Apr: To expenses incurred in overhauling bells 10/- paid by cq. 13 Apr 1931. 1934 17 Apr: 2 new ropes 50' nic @ 21/- c pd £2-2-0. But made £2-0-0. Contra a/c 8/- Total £1-12-0. Paid by cq. 10 July 1935. (Bowell records)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2011-05-025040 Minor (7m)
2005-03-195040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2003-08-235040 Spliced Doubles (50m)
2001-02-105040 Minor (4m)
2000-11-255040 Spliced Surprise Minor (7m)
1991-07-205040 Naughty Nessa Delight Minor
1983-11-115040 Minor (7m)
1977-12-285040 Minor (7m)
1975-01-015040 Minor (7m)
1974-12-075040 Minor (7m)
1974-10-195040 Minor (5m)
1974-08-035040 Minor (3m)
1974-05-255040 Minor (7m)
1972-04-155040 Minor (4m)
1969-03-085040 Minor (3m)
1965-01-305040 Plain Bob Minor
1964-12-195040 Doubles (3m)
1963-10-265040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1962-12-315040 Minor (3m)
1961-01-145040 Barham Delight Minor
1960-06-115040 Minor (12m)
1959-12-195040 Cambridge Surprise Minor
1959-11-215040 Minor (7m)
1959-09-055040 Minor (2m)
1958-08-165040 Minor (7m)
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-11-271296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2017-10-141320 Bourne Surprise Minor
2017-07-071320 Julie McDonnell Delight Minor
2017-02-111296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2017-01-281296 Spliced Surprise Minor (2m)
2016-12-101272 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2016-08-201296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2014-11-201260 Plain Bob Minor
2014-10-161260 Plain Bob Minor
2014-07-031260 Plain Bob Minor
2014-01-041284 Plain Bob Minor
2013-10-281272 York Surprise Minor
2013-03-071320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2012-06-191260 Grandsire Doubles
2012-06-031260 Plain Bob Doubles
2011-12-241296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2011-05-211296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2009-06-131260 Plain Bob Doubles
2009-01-311296 Spliced Surprise Minor
2008-11-081296 Cambridge Treble Place Minor
2007-07-211320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2006-09-041320 Hereward Bob Minor
2002-12-241320 Cambridge Surprise Minor
2002-12-151260 Plain Bob Minor
2002-09-231260 Hereward Bob Minor
Full list of peals on Bellboard here
Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Ashford, Ashford Railway Works
1 bell hung for full circle ringing but currently unringable


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