History of Family


History of Bells



(Established by Charles Troyte in 1867)

In 1866 Charles Troyte installed a ring of six bells in All Saints church, Huntsham. On these bells and for this Society was rung, on 15 th September 1870, an extent of Grandsire Minor and on 16 th December 1871 an extent of Kent Treble Bob Minor. In 1874 the six bells were augmented to eight and on 2 nd February 1875 eight members of the Society rang the first true and complete peal of Grandsire Triples by "natives of Devonshire".

Huntsham bells and tower are now in need of a complete restoration. We are replacing the tower roof, installing electricity into the clock chamber and the bell chamber, introducing a sound management system and re-modelling the ring of eight by selling the existing tenor and 5 th bell to the Whitechapel Foundry for re-use and having a new treble and 5 th bell cast to give a ring of eight with a tenor of approximately 9 cwt. The re-modelled ring will include the 1633 Pennington bell, the last of the three bells which were in the tower before Troyte augmented them to six in 1866. The cost of all this restoration work will just exceed £60,000. Because of the sound management system the bells will be available for general ringing, quarter peals and peals once the restoration work is complete.

We have therefore reformed the Huntsham Society of Change Ringers as part of our fund raising campaign. Life membership of the Society will be obtained following a single payment of £15.00 and a numbered membership certificate will be provided on receipt of each payment.

Membership of the Huntsham Society of Change Ringers will entitle members to the following benefits:

Members of the Huntsham Society of Change Ringers will normally be given priority, regarding their applications for the above, according to their membership certificate numbers; lowest certificate numbers will therefore be given highest priority to those events where there is likely to be a restriction on the numbers attending, such as the re-dedication service.

Non-members of the Society will also be very welcome to ring at Huntsham but will be required to pay £2.00 per rope for quarter peals or general ringing not exceeding one hour, and £5.00 per rope for peals.

A register of members of the Huntsham Society of Change Ringers will be available in Huntsham church and it will be the responsibility of conductors or visit organisers to ensure that the correct rope fees are paid.

Applications for membership together with a cheque for £15.00 made payable to Huntsham Tower and Bell Fund and accompanied by a Gift Aid Declaration, as appropriate, or an address for correspondence, to be sent to:

Michael Hatchett
Five Oaks
Devon EX16 9LE

Telephone: 01398 331843

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