[Bell Historians] The Oldest ring

'Anne Willis' zen16073@zen.co.uk [bellhistorians] bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Wed Sep 9 15:26:51 BST 2015

There's a note in the front of the Warminster churchwardens' accounts
concerning an extra bell being added in 1612 which would have augmented the
1553 five (plus sanctus) to six.  None of these survive, as in 1881 Warners
recast the front five to make seven.  (There was apparently a complaint from
a parishioner who thought  six bells were plenty)





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David Willis dcwillispiano at yahoo.com <mailto:dcwillispiano at yahoo.com>
[bellhistorians] wrote:

> He [Fred Sharpe] also writes (1970) that Harwell back 6 is 
> the oldest existing ring of 6 in the world.
> Is that statement still true ?

According to Dove, these are the ten oldest sixes together 
with the date of their newest bell:

1612 Harwell, Oxon (back six of eight)
1637 Monks Risborough, Bucks
1642 Hurst, Berks (back six of eight)
1651 Dorchester, Oxon (back six of eight)
1654 St Swithun, Worcester, Worcs
1655 Derby Cathedral, Derbys (back six of ten)
1659 Hathersage, Derbys
1660 Stanton, Glos
1662 St Peter, Sudbury, Suffolk (back six of ten)
1669 St Edward, Cambridge, Cambs


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