Woodton bells

The bell-tower

Woodton All Saints Church has a round tower in two distinct sections. The lower part of the tower is built using a mixture of uncoursed flints and a mixture of iron-stained nodules. At the top of the round section of the tower, one can see the remains of the four former sound-windows. This round part of the tower appears to be Anglo-Saxon.

The octagonal belfry consists of flint with internal brick detail: knapped flint with limestone detail. This would have been added at a later date to the round part of the tower. It is thought it was added at about the same time as the nave roof was raised – otherwise the tower would have been barely taller than the church itself. There were originally two clock faces on the belfry, facing south and north: one facing the village and the other facing the former Woodton Hall. There is no evidence now of the clock mechanism.

The bells

There are six bells in the tower that are used regularly by a keen group of bell ringers:

Treble; The treble had to be recast in 2003, and was engraved with the names of the rector, Conal Mahony, and the two churchwardens, Monica Churchill and Gillian Noakes.

John Brend 1641; Given by Mr Robert Suckling (Svckling) and others.

John Brend 1641

John Brend 1641

John Brend 1641

John Brend 1641

The diameter of the tenor is 34 inches. It weighs 7 cwt, 2 qu, 4lbs, and sounds in the key of A.

The bells were re-hung in 1889 but by 1930 they were unringable. The 1978 Woodton Bells Restoration Fund was set up under the chairmanship of Mr Armstrong-James and Mrs Miriam Clover to raise the money to have them re-hung. This was completed in 1983 with Miriam Clover becoming the first tower captain.

Bell-ringing practice

Practice nights are on the 1st and 4th Wednesdays of each month and the 2nd and 3rd Fridays of each month, 7:30 to 9pm. See 'Dates for your diary' on the Welcome page. Visting ringers are most welcome, as is anyone who's not rung before and would like to discover what is involved. It is great fun and a well worthwhile hobby. If you are planning to visit and would like to contact someone before you come, do send us an email. 


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