For this church:
The church has a central tower with a ring of eight bells and a Sanctus bell.
Archbishop Cranmer is said to have listened to the ‘tuneable bells of Whatton’ from Aslockton at which time there were four bells and a Sanctus bell. The Sanctus bell is the only one existing in its original form and is pre-reformation, being cast between 1390 and 1420. Its diameter is 14.5 inches and has the inscription ‘Ave Maria Gracia Plena’ – Hail Mary full of Grace.
The old frame, incised RB1625, was removed in 1913 when the peal was raised to six and hung in a cast iron frame by Gilletts in 1913. This was modified in 1966 and extended in 1969 by Taylors when the peal was made up to eight by the addition of two more bells with money raised by ringers and parishioners.
All the bells have cast iron headstocks, and the old back five have lost their canons. The bells were rehung on ball bearings in 1966 and the letters in brackets on the Gillett bell have been removed. The back five bells are by Henry Oldfield of Nottingham who was one of the principal English bellfoundries between 1539-1741. The tenor bell is one of his earliest.
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