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Ashford
 

Ashford, St Mary the Virgin


Photo: Richard Offen, Apr 2005

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(Measured 1898)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Semitone 6-2-1232" D♭ 1885 Gillett & Co, Croydon 1965 Mears & Stainbank
Tenor 21-2-2251¹⁄₁₆" E♭ 1796 Thomas Mears I, Whitechapel 1965 Mears & Stainbank
9 14-3-944½" F 1620 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 1965 Mears & Stainbank
8 12-1-1412-2-340¹⁵⁄₁₆" G 1898 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough 1965 Mears & Stainbank
7 9-1-1737½" A♭ 1633 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 1965 Mears & Stainbank
6 7-2-234½" B♭ 1651 William Hatch 1965 Mears & Stainbank
5 6-0-031¾" C 1620 Joseph Hatch, Ulcombe, Kent 1965 Mears & Stainbank
4 6-1-031⅛" D 1762 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel 1965 Mears & Stainbank
3 5-0-1729¼" E♭ 1762 Lester & Pack, Whitechapel 1965 Mears & Stainbank
2 4-3-2628" F 1965 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
Treble 4-2-1226" G 1970 Whitechapel Bell Foundry 1965 Mears & Stainbank

Inscriptions

Earlier bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Sharp 2nd4-0-1527½"F♯1885Gillett & JohnstonNeverCracked and recast 1965
6th (of 8)11-3-23G1620Joseph HatchNeverRecast 1898
TenorE♭1620Joseph HatchNeverRecast 1796

History

1470 Tower completed by Sir John Fogge.
1552 Record of 5 large bells and a smaller one in the tower.
1620 Treble bell added and 4th, 5th and tenor of ring of six recast by Joseph Hatch.
1633 Old 3rd of 6 recast by Joseph Hatch.
1651 Old 2nd of 6 recast by William Hatch.
1762 2 treble added and bells rehung in a new frame. The ringing room was raised from the ground floor to an upstairs ringing chamber.
1763 14th March Bells rededicated.
c 1765 Record of 8 bells in the tower. [1]
1796 Tenor recast by Thomas Mears.
1878 6th reported to be cracked.
1885 Two additional carillon bells and machine added by Gillett & Co.
1898 6th recast and bells rehung by John Taylor.
1924 Front 7 bells rehung by Gillett & Johnston with new ball bearings, gudgeons and clappers. Canons thought to have been removed from other bells at this time (though could have been 1885.)
1925 Tenor rehung by Gillett & Johnston.
1965 Smaller carillon bell recast, rehung dead with the other 8 in a new frame for 10 by Mears & Stainbank. All new fittings were used apart from the Taylor headstock on the 6th (of 8) reused.
1970 Treble added and dead bell rehung for ringing with new fittings to make 10.
[1] There are now 8 Bells - 2 Smaller having been added to the former Six, A.D. 1762. They were founded by Lester & Packe of London. In The Tower hang 6 Heavy Bells, thus Inscribed. 1. Josephus Hatch Me Fecit. 1620. 2. William Hatch made Me. 1651. 3. Josephus (V J Torr 1860s (from Rev’d Bryan Faussett, 1758))

Gallery


Some of the bells collected to be recast into the new treble.
Photo: David Cawley collection

The new treble pictured here in 1970 together with the fittings for this and the other treble.
Photo: David Cawley collection

The 6th (now the 8th) being drilled at Taylor's in 1898.
Photo: David Cawley collection

1965 restoration
Photo: Steve Rapson

1965 restoration
Photo: Steve Rapson

1965 restoration
Photo: Steve Rapson

1965 restoration
Photo: Steve Rapson

1965 restoration
Photo: Steve Rapson

1965 restoration
Photo: Steve Rapson
Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2016-06-185039 Grandsire Caters
2016-03-205019 Stedman Caters
2015-12-135040 Plain Bob Major
2015-10-035039 Grandsire Caters
2015-08-305120 Bristol Surprise Royal
2015-06-135039 Grandsire Caters
2014-08-255077 Stedman Caters
2014-01-025039 Grandsire Caters
2013-03-165120 Oxford Treble Bob Major
2012-09-085040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
2012-03-315040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
2009-11-215040 Swindon Surprise Royal
2009-08-155040 Albanian Surprise Royal
2008-05-315040 London No.3 Surprise Royal
2008-03-015000 Bristol Surprise Royal
2007-03-035040 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
2002-01-015152 Spliced Surprise Major
1987-01-105040 Plain Bob Royal
1986-01-015039 Grandsire Caters
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-03-261280 Spliced Treble Bob Major (2m)
2017-03-191260 Stedman Triples
2017-03-071260 Minor (3m)
2017-03-051260 Grandsire Triples
2017-02-211260 Union Triples
2017-02-191280 Spliced Treble Bob Major (2m)
2017-02-141260 Grandsire Doubles
2017-02-071260 Grandsire Triples
2017-01-291280 Spliced Treble Bob Major (2m)
2017-01-241260 Oxford Bob Triples
2017-01-221259 Grandsire Caters
2017-01-151260 Doubles (4m/V)
2017-01-031260 Grandsire Triples
2016-12-311260 Grandsire Doubles (4-6-8 Behind)
2016-12-271259 Grandsire Caters
2016-12-241259 Grandsire Caters
2016-12-181272 Kent Treble Bob Minor
2016-12-041260 Grandsire Triples
2016-12-031320 Julie McDonnell Bob Doubles
2016-11-291280 Spliced Treble Bob Major (2m)
2016-11-221260 Grandsire Doubles
2016-11-201280 Spliced Treble Bob Major (2m)
2016-11-151260 Double Oxford College Bob Minor
2016-11-131259 Grandsire Caters
2016-11-061312 Spliced Treble Bob Major (2m)
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

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