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The Bells

The previous third bell was cast in 1761, and the previous treble - the gift of St John Astry Esquire - was cast in 1702. All the bells were cast with canons except for the present third, which has a Doncaster crown. The canons were removed from all but the fifth bell when the treble was recast (without canons) and all the bells rehung with Hastings stays in a new cast iron and steel frame by John Taylor & Co. in 1932, through the generosity of Revd R. Stevens and Miss E.C. Stevens.

A door from the first floor Ringing Room opens out onto the west gallery of the nave. Built in the 18th Century, the gallery incorporates panelling from 1638 and presumably survived the fire that led to the chancel arch being rebuilt in 1895-6. There is no other access to the gallery, which is intriguing considering the only access to the Ringing Room is via a steep ladder and trapdoor, there being no doorway to either from the tower's spiral staircase.

Bell

Weight

Diameter

Note

Founder

Date

1

6-2-08

32 in

C

John Taylor & Co.

1932

2

7-0-19

34 in

Bb

Roger Purdue I

1616

3

8-2-21

38 in

Ab

Mears & Stainbank

1901

4

9-3-14

39½ in

G

Bristol Foundry

c.1480

5

15-3-06

46 in

F

Bristol Foundry

c.1480

6

20-2-01

50½ in

Eb

Abel Rudhall

1754