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Ash next Sandwich
 

Ash next Sandwich, St Nicholas


Photo: Dickon Love, April 2007

  • 10 bells hung for full circle ringing
  • Tenor: 21-3-0 in E♭.
  • Grid Ref: TR287584
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1978 John Taylor & Co., made of cast iron and steel
  • Diocese: Canterbury
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.
  • Peals rung at the tower

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As received in 1926)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 21-3-050¾" E♭ 1927 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel John Taylor 1978
9 15-1-1716-0-2645" F 1790 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Mears & Stainbank 1927, John Taylor 1978
8 11-1-1112-0-741" G 1790 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Mears & Stainbank 1927, John Taylor 1978
7 10-1-239¼" A♭ 1927 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel John Taylor 1978
6 8-1-248-3-1936" B♭ 1790 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Mears & Stainbank 1927, John Taylor 1978
5 7-0-187-1-1634" C 1790 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Mears & Stainbank 1927, John Taylor 1978
4 6-1-176-3-2132" D 1790 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Mears & Stainbank 1927, John Taylor 1978
3 6-0-206-2-530⅞" E♭ 1790 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel Mears & Stainbank 1927, John Taylor 1978
2 5-2-1828½" F 1978 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Treble 5-1-1627" G 1978 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never

Inscriptions

Prior to 1927

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As received in 1926)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
510-1-610-1-1939½"1790Thomas Mears INeverPre-retuned weight is the cast weight.
821-1-921-1-1850¾"1790Thomas Mears INeverPre-retuned weight is the cast weight. Only Maiden bell of the ring.

Original ring of 5

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble1581Robert MotNeverRecast, probably 1778
21615Joseph HatchNeverRecast, probably 1778
31620Joseph HatchNeverRecast, probably 1778
41620Joseph HatchNeverRecast, probably 1778
Tenor1641Henry WilnarNeverRecast, probably 1778

History

1581 Treble recast, probably by Robert Mot.
1615 2nd of ring of 5 recast by Joseph Hatch.
1620 3rd and 4th of 5 recast by Joseph Hatch.
1641 Tenor of 5 recast by Henry Wilnar.
1760 Record of 5 bells in the tower. [1]
1778 Thomas Swain asked to provide a new ring of 8. The frame was built and while there are no records of the bells ever being cast, the price quoted by Mears for the 1790 ring is closer to that of a recasting rather than a new ring. [2]
1790 Ring of 8 cast by Thomas Mears.
1904 Bell recast at Christ Church, Dover.
1927 Frame strengthened; 5th and tenor recast. All the bells were retuned.
1977 December The bell from Christ Church, Dover was removed and stored at St Nicholas, Dover until required for Ash.
1978 Bells rehung in new frame and augmented with 2 bells by John Taylor & Co. The treble was recast from the metal from the bell from Christ Church, Dover.
1996 Tower found to be cracked: ringing curtailed for a couple of years while works were put in place to strengthen it.
[1] "This Church consists of The Great, and North, Chancells, The Body, and 2 Side Isles. The Tower, which is cap’t with a Spire, stands between the Great Chancell and the Body. In it hang 5 Bells, thus inscribed. 1. .../ 1581. 2. Joseph Hatch made Me. 1615. (Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1760)
[2] Local historian David Cave wrote a booklet on the bells when they were rehung and augmented to 10 in 1978. In it, he makes a good case for Thomas Swain recasting the old 5 into 8 in 1789. The cost alone (£256.6.10) would have been about right for a new ri (David Cave booklet, 1978)

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2014-08-255080 Silverstone Surprise Royal
2008-10-045000 Bristol Surprise Royal
2007-03-105040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-06-121260 Plain Bob Minor
2016-02-131260 Grandsire Caters
2016-02-131280 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2014-08-171260 Grandsire Doubles
2012-04-101259 Grandsire Caters
2011-12-031260 Grandsire Caters
2007-05-311259 Grandsire Caters
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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