||Records of a large ring of five and one smaller
||Treble added and back three recast by Joseph Hatch
||Third recast by Joseph Hatch of Ulcombe.
||Second recast by Joseph Hatch of Ulcombe.
||Two trebles added by Lester & Pack to form the ring
Bells rededicated on Monday 14th
March. During a piece of ringing on the opening day, the clapper
came out of the three and was not found until 1965 when the restoration
was completed. The first peal on the 8 bells was rung by the
Leeds Youths on Tuesday 15th March - 5184 Oxford T.B.
Major.in 3 hours & 31 minutes. The Wye Youths rang a short bit 'but not very well'.
The first local band peal was rung in December 1763 and is shown below along with the other early peals by the local band.
||Tenor recast by Thomas Mears.
Other early peals
The grave of Ambrose Reeve
in Ashford Church Yard. He was one of the original Ashford
ringers following the augmentation to 8 (see peal boards above).
||A new Carillon was installed and set going on Tuesday 4th
June For many years, John
Laker was Tower Captain at Ashford He lived at Hempstead Terrace
pictured below - demolished to make way for the hated ring-road.
||Reports of a crack in
Some of the Peals rung by the 19th
Century band. The
frame is actually a fire surround and mantelpiece from the Blue Line
Lane Hotel which was in Blue Line Lane. The hotel was demolished
John Laker, who lived at Hempsted Terrace
(demolished to make way for the ring-road and the site now covered with
the new County Square) was Captain for many decades.
Practices have been held on Tuesdays since at least 1860, and
probably even earlier.
||The old clock and carillon (being worn out, so it was said) were swept
away, and were replaced by the current clock and carillon. The old clock had a very
large and quaint wooden dial to the South only, whereas the new clock had faces
to North and South, and the dials as can be seen today are that much smaller
than the old wooden dial. In order that the National Anthem be correctly and
loyally played on the carillon, two small bells (one inscribed J.P.A. - Canon
Alcock's initials) were added to the ringing octave by Gillett
& Co. (these bells were
only for the use of the carillon) and the clock and carrillon were set going by the Vicar,
Canon John Price Alcock, on Ascension Day 14th May.
||Canons removed, sixth recast and all rehung by
John Taylor of Loughborough.
||Charles Walter Everett learnt
to ring at Ashford.
In 1959 a board was erected on the wall of Ashford tower (which
is still there) recording his 60 years as a ringer at that tower.
For much of that time he was the Tower Captain. He was also
Master of the Romney Marsh & District Guild for very many years,
and Percy Page (another Ashford ringer) was for many years Secretary of
the RM & DG.
First peal by an entirely local band (all resident in Ashford). This peal board has hung on the tower wall ever since.
On February 29th 1908 in 3 hours, 5040 Grandsire Triples (Holts 10-part)
T. Wenham(2) A.C. Kay(3)
F.G. Beeken(4) A. Webb (Tenor)
G. Lindridge(5) T. Tabrett (6)
A.J. Dyson (7)
Charles Howland (CW) Canon P.F. Tindall (Vicar)
C.W. Everett (Treble) Ernest E.
||Front seven rehung by Gillett & Johnston.
||Tenor rehung by Gillet & Johnston.
Picture of the local band
following a peal attempt; details are below the picture. C.W.
Everett Esq. was Captain.
On May 11th 1936 in 3 hours and 4 minutes, 5040 Stedman Triples (Thurstans 4-part)
(Tenor) Frank Conley (4) Thomas Tabrett
(2) Charles Crothall (Sacristan & Verger)
George Swaffer (5) John Parsons (3)
Percy Page (6)
Charles Walter Everett (7-Cond.) Rev.R.S.B.
Sinclair (Vicar) Mrs C.W. Everett (Treble)
Charles Walter Everett, Captain of Ashford. Jan 1950.
||Small carillon bell
recast. Ring of eight unfortunately tuned (although the tuning
seems to have been successful) and rehung in a new metal ten-bell frame
by Mears & Stainbank.
||Treble cast from
redundant school bells by Whitechapel. Rev. D.L. Cawley has
written an excellent article about this. Small carillon bell hung
for full circle ringing to form the present ring of ten. N.B. Mr
F.G. Huckstepp and others with the support of the Vicar (Canon Maurice
Sharp) collected small chapel bells from all over the county in order
to obtain enough metal to cast the treble (they were all stored in his
||M. Chittenden-Pile took the position of Master
of the tower and began to put the tower into traditional order.
Local band January 2002 following tower AGM. Last AGM at which the Vicar presided.
C.J. Cooper Mrs I.B. Smith I.C. Moore I.A. Renyard
M. Chittenden Pile (Capt.) Rev. Canon J.W. Everett (Vicar)
Mr S. Milburn (Treas.) Miss S.E.G. Fletcher P.A.
Renyard Miss M.M. Jones [Senior member] (Sec.)
|2000 - 2005
excellent local band
(with assistance of the Leeds Youths and RM & DG) ensured the bells
were rung well twice on Sundays, with Quarter Peals in various methods
performed on Sunday Evening for Evensong.
Sept 2002: Canon J.W. Everett retired,
having been the last Vicar with the Freehold and Cure of
Souls in the Parish.
||2nd March: A Quarter Peal of 1280 Oxford Treble-Bob
rung prior to Choral Evensong to commemorate the 240th Anniversary of
the first peal (same method) on the 8 bells which was rung on Tuesday
March 15th 1763 by the
Leeds Youths. Members of the Ancient Society of Esquire Leeds Youths took part in this Quarter Peal.
Band who rang a Quarter Peal of Grandsire Triples (taken from 'The Original') for the
A typical scene on a practice night in the halcyon
days of Ashford ringing.
centenary service of the Highworth Girls Grammar School, Fri 2nd April 2004.
S.J.O Head, M.P. Moreton, Mrs G.G. Pearson, Miss E.K. Davey, P.A. Renyard
P.G. Parrott, C.J. Cooper (Conductor), Rev L.J. Hammond (formerly Curate here)
C. J. Cooper was excluded from the tower for objecting to the removal
of the pews and for his attitude toward those who exhibit a general disregard for the inherited tradition of the
building, and for circulating letters and other documents campaigining
against the destruction of furnishings, liturgy and doctrine.
Ashford Ringers Christmas Dinner 2005
||Finally after three and a
half years of an unofficial exclusion from the tower, Mr C.J. Cooper
was reinstated, and began to try and assist the new Captain rebuild a
large band worthy of being entrusted with the weighty task of ringing
the bells in this important famous and noble Ex-Collegiate Parish
||Following a long and unpleasant battle the church was
closed from October 2010 until June 2011. It reopened
(effectively) as an Arts Centre with only the Chancel still
recognisable as a church interior. The church authorities had
deliberately and maliciously either sold or cut up all the solid oak
pews in the Nave. Only £2000 was raised from the sale of
the pews; a disgraceful outcome.
||By God's good grace a small quantity of the old pews
were recovered just before they were entirely destroyed. They are
in secure storage awaiting restoration and subsequent application for
Faculty to reinstate a central block of pews in the Nave.