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Facts about our bells

 

 

Bell

Weight (cwt) 

Diameter  (ins)

Note

Cast

Founder

Treble

4-0-11

27"

E#

1795

Thomas Mears 1

2

3-2-3

27"

D#

1856

Charles & George Mears

3

4-1-16

28⅞"

C#

1717

John Waylett

4

5-1-19

31⅜"

B#

1717

John Waylett

5

6-0-7

33⅜"

A#

1717

John Waylett

Tenor

8-3-11

37⅜"

G#

1727

Richard Phelps

 

The founders
Thomas Mears 1, Charles and George Mears, Richard Phelps are all associated with the history of the WhiteChapel bell foundry. Other products from this factory include the Liberty Bell, Big Ben and the 7/11 bell. The foundry is also a record holder, in the Guiness book of records it holds the title for the oldest continuously trading company in the world.

Richard Waylett, was an itinerant bell founder, who went where the work was and cast bells all over the South and East of England. To simplfy the transporting of the completed bell, he dug bell pits in fields close to the Church and constructed a furnace. The bells were then cast and with luck, and great deal of skill turned out at about the right tone and wieght. 

Our 3 Waylett bell have never been tuned since the day they were cast in the 'Bell' field close to the Church. The art has moved on from the days of a man with a chisel 'chipping' away at the bell until he got it 'right' or disappearing over the hill if he went too far!

 

 

 

Bell

Inscription

1 THOS MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1795. JAMES LANCE & JAMES WAYNE CHURCH WARDEN 
2 C & G MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON RECAST AT THE CHARGE OF A. J. FLETCHER ESQRE OF RANDS HOUSE CHURCHWARDEN 1856
3 IOHN WAYLETT MADE ME 1717 
4 IOHN GLADDISH CHVRCH WARDEN 1717
5 RALPH SELBY THE SON OF WILLIAM SELBY ESQ 1717
6 THE REVD SAML ATTWOOD M : A : RECT : IAMES LANCE HENRY COLLYER CHURCH WARDENS RICHD : PHELPS MADE ME 1727 

 

So, if you paid for an old bell to be recast, or for a new bell, your name would be cast into it and survive for generations to come. Some bells celebrate family events, so the inscription reflects this.