The Tower and Bells

The Tower
The Bells
Clearing The Tower And Protecting It
Supporing Our Work

The Tower

The tower was added in around 1215, most probably by the nuns of Elstow, and has an early 13th century serrated ornament on the E side of the tower arch

The saddle back tower roof dates from the 19th century restoration

There is an inscription in the tower as part of earlier remodelling work

The tower is 45' high and was formerly embattled.

The Bells

In 1458 Alicia Terry, widow of John Terry, of Westbury, left, by Will, 20 shillings to the 'new bells' of Westbury church

The tenor bell, c. 1590, was made by William Watts of Bedford

The treble and second were both made by Henry Bagley of Chacombe in 1711, the former recast in 1898 by J Warner of London

The sanctus bell was cast in the 14th century and is listed as one of the oldest bells in Buckinghamshire
In 1847 there were 5 bells and a clock (see the recessed square on the exterior south wall of the tower). The clock has vanished and only 3 bells remain

There is a legend that 2 of the bells were stolen and taken to Mixbury!

Clearing The Tower And Protecting It

The tower currently has open louvres and birds have been entering for many years. The pictures below say it all!

We have managed to get grant funding and are in the process of having the bird waste removed and protective grilles installed

Restoring the bells to working order would be a massive undertaking and cost but is something we will consider once the tower is back in a safe state

Supporting Our Work

Putting the bells back into working condition will be a major (and expensive) project

If you are able to support our work re the fabric of the church, we would be very grateful

You can do this either through GIve A Little or generating free donations while online shopping using Easyfundraising

 

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