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Local Towers

There are several ringable towers in the far west of the Southern District of the Essex Association of Change Ringers. We often pay a visit to help with the the practices, or simply to have fun ringing, and the bell ringers from these towers regularly help us out.  Here are the brief details of these towers with information about where they are.  Please check with the individual towers if you intend to  visit as practices may be changed or cancelled.

 


St. Thomas of Cantebury, Brentwood

St. Thomas' can be found just off Brentwood high street and plenty of parking is available in local car parks. The eight bells have been refurbished recently. The tenor weighs just over 18 hundred weight and the bells are in the key of E flat.  Practices are held of Thursday evenings from 7:45 except for the first Thursday of the month.  More details of St. Thomas Church can be found on their website and details of the bells are on the Dove's Guide.  The Tower correspondent is Warren Hawkings who can be contacted on 01277 214612.

 

St. Thomas of Canterbury, Brentwood
St. Thomas of Canterbury, Brentwood

St. Mary the Virgin, Shenfield

The oldest part of St. Mary's dates from the 13th century. Five bells were recast and augmented to six in 1911.  Unusually, there are two girders running about 2ft off the floor in the ringing room. The bells are a nice ring on plain bearings in a wooden frame with the tenor weighing around 9 hundred weight.  Practices are held on Thursday evenings from 8 pm but please phone to check.  St. Mary's has a website and the details of the bells are on the Dove's Guide.  The Tower correspondent is Ray Jones who can be contacted on 01277 211773.

 

St. Mary the Virgin, Shenfield
St. Mary the Virgin, Shenfield

All Saints, Hutton

All Saints is in a very peaceful , rural setting. The tower is wooden, covered by wooden shingles. It is the only five bell tower in the district and the tenor weighs just over 6 hundred weight. Oddly, the number four bell is slightly heavier than the tenor. Practices are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:45 pm.  All Saints Church has a website and the details of the bells are on the Dove's Guide.  The Tower correspondent is Renee Page-Jones who can be contacted on 01277 218531.

 

All Saints, Hutton
All Saints, Hutton

St. Nicholas, Ingrave

St. Nicholas' church is a remarkable structure built of red brick by Lord Petre of Thorndon Hall. Building work started in 1734 to replace the two earlier churches of Churches of West Horndon and Gingralph (Ingrave). The massive west tower houses a ring of six bells which were re-hung in 1978. The tenor weighs just over 10 hundred weight.  Practices are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:45 pm but please phone to check.  St. Nicholas' Church has a website and the details of the bells are on the Dove's Guide.  The Tower correspondent is Mrs C. Lowe who can be contacted on 01277 810095.

 

St. Nicholas, Ingrave
St. Nicholas, Ingrave

St. Thomas, Navestock

St. Thomas is in a lovely rural setting and parts of the church, including the tower, date from the 11th century. The tower is wooden which amazingly survived a WWII landmine that fell and detonated close by in the churchyard.  The depression in the ground from the resulting explosion can be seen still. The tower houses a ring of six bells which were rehung in 1981. The tenor weighs just over 9 hundred weight. The bells are rung from the ground floor so there are no stairs to climb.  Practices are held on Friday evenings from 8 pm but may be cancelled if turnout is expected to be poor so please ring first.  Details of the bells are on the Dove's Guide.  The Tower correspondent is Ron Brown who can be contacted on 01277 372685.

 

St. Thomas, Navestock
St. Thomas. Navestock

St. Paul's, Bentley Common

St. Paul's was build in the late 19th century and is huddled amongst woodland. Five bells were augmented to six in 1965 with a new treble being installed above the other bells. The bells are a lovely light ring with the tenor weighing around 4 hundred weight.  Practices are held of Tuesday evenings from 8 pm.  The details of the bells are on the Dove's Guide.  The Tower correspondent is Rowena Marshall who can be contacted on 01277 222814.

 

St. Paul, Bentley Common
St. Paul's, Bentley Common