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Woolwich, St Mary Magdalene


  • 8 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 12-3-6 in G.
  • Grid Ref: TQ430791
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1892 or 3, Thomas Blackbourne of Salisbury
  • Denomination: Church of England
    Diocese (Anglican): Southwark
  • Kent County Association of Change Ringers District: Lewisham
  • Building Listed Grade: II* Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

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

®  - Hung for full circle ringing

Inscriptions

Prior to 1932

Bell Weight
(most recent)
NoteDateFounderRetunedFate
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)

Articles

  • "Happier news from Woolwich", RDB (The Ringing World) 8 September 1978
  • Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2015-01-315024 Bristol Surprise Major
    2005-01-225056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    2003-02-015152 Glasgow Surprise Major
    2000-02-055088 Woolwich Ferry Surprise Major
    1996-07-135056 Plumstead Surprise Major
    1993-11-135024 Tyburn Surprise Major
    1989-12-095056 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
    1980-04-125040 Grandsire Triples
    1924-06-215024 London Surprise Major
    1923-07-215024 London Surprise Major
    1922-07-155056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    1922-02-115024 Superlative Surprise Major
    1920-09-045024 Bristol Surprise Major
    1914-05-235056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    1913-12-095056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    1913-08-235056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    1913-07-195056 Cambridge Surprise Major
    1913-06-215040 Stedman Triples
    1913-01-075056 Bristol Surprise Major
    1912-10-125040 Stedman Triples
    1912-09-205040 Stedman Triples
    1912-08-235040 Stedman Triples
    1911-11-045040 Stedman Triples
    1911-06-175088 Bristol Surprise Major
    1910-09-065056 London Surprise Major
    Recent Quarter Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    2019-03-131260 Grandsire Triples
    2017-01-021280 Cornwall Surprise Major
    2016-09-221270 Stedman Triples
    2014-07-091260 Plain Bob Triples
    2014-05-051260 Plain Bob Triples
    2012-07-021260 Plain Bob Triples
    2010-02-151260 Grandsire Triples
    2005-05-241260 Grandsire and Plain Bob Doubles
    2005-04-191260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2005-03-021410 Plain Bob Doubles
    2004-09-211260 Doubles
    2004-02-101260 Doubles
    2003-10-011260 Grandsire Triples
    2003-03-291260 Grandsire Triples
    2002-09-211260 Grandsire Doubles
    2002-07-062002 Grandsire Triples
    2002-07-041260 Plain Bob Triples
    2002-02-051260 Plain Bob Minor
    2001-12-202001 Doubles
    2001-12-061260 Doubles
    2000-12-212000 Doubles
    2000-11-301260 Plain Bob Doubles
    2000-11-111259 Grandsire Triples
    1999-12-291999 Doubles
    1996-10-091320 Doubles (1p/4m)
    Full list of peals on Bellboard here
    Full list of quarters on Bellboard 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