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Norfolk: Hilgay
Church Bells

L'Estrange, John
The Church Bells of Norfolk, where, when, and by whom they were made, with the Inscriptions on all the Bells in the County.
[Norwich, printed by Miller and Leavins, 1874]

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

HILGAY, All Saints - 8 [bells]. Tenor F.

1, 3, 4, 5. Thos Osborn Downham fecit 1779.
2. No inscription
6. In gratiam juventutis dedit Nicks Spencer * 1686 Recast 1716 Thos Osborn fecit 1779.
7. William Parsley and John Smith Churchwardens 1825. [By Dobson.]
8. Recast 1798 Revd John Boyle Rector Thos Osborn fecit.

One bell of 8 cwt. 6th Edward VI. There had been more, for in 1534 John None gave 6s. 8d. "unto ye makyn of ye lytell Bell." In 1760 there were five bells, in 1763, six; and the Inventory of 1784 gives the weight of the eight bells as follows, to which I have added some measurements of the bells as taken by John Robert D. Tysson, Esq.

  cwt. qr. lbs.   Diameter. Height. Sound Bow.
1.  484  27¾ in.21½ in.
2.4322  28⅝22½
3.539  30¾24
4.6022  32¼25½
5.6319  33¾27
6.7311  35¾27
7.929  40½30
8.1705  44¾333⅛

HILGAY, TEN MILE BANK, S. Mark - 1 [bell].

C & G. Mears founders London 1845.

* Nicholas Spencer, S.T.B., Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Rector here 1679-1705.

See also the Hilgay parish page.

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Copyright © Pat Newby.
March 2016