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Sevington
 

Sevington, St Mary


Photo: Brian Butcher, 2004

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
1 4-3-1728½" 1885 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel
2 5¼ cwt approx.30¾" 1630 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent
3 6½ cwt approx.33⅝" 1630 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent
4 8½ cwt approx.35" 1630 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent

Inscriptions

How the bells are tuned

Earlier bell

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble4-0-211630Joseph HatchNeverRecast in 1885

History

1552 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [1]
1630 Bells recast by Joseph Hatch.
1758 Record of 4 bells in the tower. [2]
1885 Treble recast by Mears & Stainbank.
1958 Bells rehung for ringing, but without stays and sliders. While full circle ringing was possible, they were not intended to be rung full circle after this date (although they have been). No wheel braces were fitted and some of the wheels were moved to the other side of the headstocks so that the ropes fell such that two bells could be chimed at a time by the same person.
2004 Stays and sliders fitted to the bells so that they may be rung full circle safely. No wheel braces were fitted (tho they are due to be when second hand ones become available) though nor were the wheels moved on the headstocks which means that the ropes do not fall through the rope guides and are consequently flighty. The presence of a safe on the ground floor prevents the rope circle being restored so some tubes or boards are to be fitted to aid their go.
[1] Item a sacrying bell. Item iiij bells in the stepel with an hand bcl for corsyse. (Edwardian Inventory, 1552)
[2] This Church, which is very Small, consists of the Chancell, Body, S. Chancell, and South Isle. At the West End stands a Shingled Spired Steeple, in which hang 4 Bells, all cast by Joseph Hatch, in ye Year 1630. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758)

Gallery


The tenor bell, by Joseph Hatch.
Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2000

Sevington belfry in 2000 when the bells were hung for ringing but without stay or sliders.
Photo: Christopher J Cooper, 2000

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