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Willesborough
 

Willesborough, St Mary the Virgin


Photo: Richard Offen, 2006

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 12 cwt approx.40⅞" F♯ 1623 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never
5 9 cwt approx.37½" G♯ 1625 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never
4 7 cwt approx.33¾" A♯ 1605 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never
3 8 cwt approx.31¼" B 1605 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent Never
2 5½ cwt approx29½" C♯ 1769 Lester, Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel Never
Treble 4½ cwt approx27¼" D♯ 1886 Llewellins & James, Bristol Never

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. (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/- p (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.
2017-02-111296 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
1977-02-211272 Ipswich Surprise Minor
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Ashford, Ashford Railway Works
1 bell hung for full circle ringing

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