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Woolwich
 

Woolwich, St Mary Magdalene


Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 12-3-640½" G 1932 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
7 9-2-2537⅞" A 1821 Thomas Mears II 1892 John Warner & Sons
6 8-0-235¼" B 1821 Thomas Mears II 1892 John Warner & Sons
5 6-3-2332⅞" C 1821 Thomas Mears II 1892 John Warner & Sons
4 6-1-731½" D 1821 Thomas Mears II 1892 John Warner & Sons
3 5-2-430" E 1821 Thomas Mears II 1892 John Warner & Sons
2 4-3-1928" F♯ 1821 Thomas Mears II 1892 John Warner & Sons
Treble 4-3-627¼" G 1821 Thomas Mears II 1892 John Warner & Sons

Inscriptions

Prior to 1932

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Tenor (of 8)12-3-20G1821Thomas Mears IINeverWeight from JT records. Recast 1932.

History

c 1120 Church in existence.
1401 A bell was supposedly cast and installed inscribed "Guillelmus Prene me fecit in honorem sanctae trinitas"
1552 Record of 3 bells. [1]
1726 - 32 Church rebuilt by Matthew Spray (builder).
1738 - 9 Bells transferred to the new tower.
1821 Ring of 8 cast by Thomas Mears.
1892 Bells retuned and rehung by Warners for £204.16.10.
1893 Bells rehung in a new frame by T. Blackbourn of Salisbury. [This fact needs checking.]
1894 Chancel built.
1929 The tenor was reported to be cracked.
1932 Tenor recast by John Taylor who rehung the remainder with new fittings in the old frame.
[1] Item iij bells of bell mettell suted hanging in the Steple there. Item j little Saints bell of brasse hanging in the saide steple. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2015-01-315024 Bristol Surprise Major
2005-01-225056 Cambridge Surprise Major
1993-11-135024 Tyburn Surprise Major
1989-12-095056 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
1829-03-225040 Plain Bob Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-01-021280 Cornwall Surprise Major
2016-09-221270 Stedman Triples
2014-07-091260 Plain Bob Triples
2014-07-091260 Plain Bob Triples
2010-02-151260 Grandsire Triples
1988-12-101260 Plain Bob Minor
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Elsewhere in the Parish

Woolwich, Cambridge Barracks (formerly Royal Marine Barracks)
3 bell clock chime
Woolwich, Dockyard Chapel
Chapel closed, formerly 1 bell
Woolwich, Military Academy, Military Barracks
Woolwich, Royal Arsenal Chapel
Chapel dismantled, formerly single bell, 1-3-26
Woolwich, Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society building
3 bell clock chime
Woolwich, Royal Arsenal Gatehouse
Single bell hung for swing chiming
Woolwich, Union Street Board School.
School demolished, formerly single bell, 0-3-18

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