Keeping the bells ringing

St Mary’s Church in Market Lavington had its bells rehung in a metal frame in 1927. This was, no doubt, an expensive business and an awful lot of people gave money to enable this to happen. It is a huge list of names which, interestingly, includes not only members of the Church of England community but also members of the Congregational church in the village.

Of course, even radio was in its infancy in 1927. The BBC had started broadcasting in 1922.  The church bells had been general messengers for many years. If the bells rang out, people wondered why and gathered to find out. National and international news events might cause people to be ‘summoned by bells’. Perhaps this explains the importance to people who were not natural church folk.

The list of names is almost like a village directory for 1927 – although some from far and wide also subscribed and some used a pseudonym to hide their real identity.

Let’s have a look at a little of the list as published.

Top of document listing people who contributed to the 1927 bell fund at St Mary's, Market LavingtonSome of the names listed and the result of the appeal

And here are the names listed – it is a long list. Maybe there’ll be names that mean something to you. If so, do let us know.

A Friend Mr and Mrs Allen
E Andrews Mrs Arnold
Mrs Arnold Mrs M Awdry
C Arnold Mrs Axford
Colonel H W Awdry H and E Barlow
Mr and Mrs B B Baker Mrs Beaven
Mrs Bash C J Bird
Rev E E Benson Mrs Bishop
G W Bishop R J M Borough
Mr and Mrs Wm Blake E O P Bouverie esq.
Miss A P Bouverie H Buckland
M Breach A and E Bullock
Mrs Buckland Mr and Mrs Burbidge and family
Mrs G Bullock G Burgess
Mrs Burnett Mrs J Burgess
G Burgess S Burgess
Mr W W Case Mr and Mrs Charman
Miss J Chinnock L Clarke
S Coleman Mrs Cooke
Mrs A Cooper Mr and Mrs Bert Cooper
G T Cooper Mr Jos Cooper
Mr and Mrs Crassweller Mr Henry Crees
Mr Crondall Miss Croom
Mr and Mrs F Davis Mr and Mrs Fred Davis
G J Davis Mr Henry Davis
Mr and Mrs John Davis Mr and Mrs Dawes
Mr Doubleday Mr Drury
E Duck Mrs Duck
Miss Edwards Mrs Elisha
Miss Fielder Edward Fisher Esq
Mrs Morgan Gale Mr C O Gauntlett
Mr George Gauntlett F George
F M George Mrs G Gibbon
W Godden Miss Goodway
Mr Frank Green Mrs Grist
Mr and Mrs Gye Mrs Gye
E Gye Mr and Mrs Tom Gye
Mr and Mrs Tom Haines Miss Hatfield
Mr and Mrs E G C Hawes Mr G Hiscock
J Hiscock J J Hoare
Mrs Hobbs Mrs Hoddinott
Mrs Holloway E and A Hopkins
J E Hopkins Miss Hulbert
Mr Huntley Mrs Albert Hurle
Mrs James Hurle Mr and Mrs J Hussey
E Hutton J Ingram
Mr J James Mr W J James
J R Jerram Esq L A Jones
J Jordan Mrs Judd
Mr H J King Mrs H J King
H J King M A King
Miss R King Sidney King
J Kyte Mr W S Laycock
Mr Little Dr J S Lush
Mrs Lye Mrs Malcolm
Miss Marshall Miss M Matthews
Mr and Mrs Maynard P Maynard
Mrs McDonnell Mr H Merritt
Mr and Mrs J H Merritt Mr T Merritt
A Midwinter E Miles
R Milsom Mr Moody
A Mullings S Mullings
Mrs A Mundy Mrs E M Murray
Mr and Mrs T Neate Nr N Notton
Old Choirboy 1887 Mrs Bert Oram
Mr Harold Oram Mrs Henry Oram
Mr Henry Oram Mr and Mrs John Oram
Mr W Oram Mrs Osmond
Mr Parfitt Parkyn J Atherton esq
Mr and Mrs Parsons W Perry
Mr Peters Mrs Phelps
A E Phillips A J Phillips
E Phillips Mr and Mrs F Phillips
Mr amd Mrs G H Pike W Pike
F Pitman I K Pitman
Mrs Plank Mrs P Plank
Mrs Polden Mr and Mrs Arthgur Potter
A K Potter Miss A K Potter
Mrs E Potter Mr E A Potter
E J Potter Miss H M Potter
R Potter W Potter
A E Price E J Price
Mrs Riddle Mr and Mrs Robbins
Mr and Mrs Rose Mrs and Miss Ross
Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers Mrs Saunders
Mr and Mrs Saxton Mr F H Sayer
W J Seymour Eshare
Mrs Shepherd Mrs F Shepherd
Mrs Wm Sheppherd Mrs Shergold
Mrs Shore M Small
Mrs Smith Mrs Smith
A Smith Mrs Amelia Smith
Mrs E Smith Mr Tom Smith
W D Smith Mrs Smythe
L Sowden W Spiers
Sir Guy Stephenson Mr Fredk C Strofton
M Strong H A Stubbs
A J Sturton esq Rev J A Sturton
MJrs Sturton “The Sands”
Mrs Thynne W Trotter
M Tucker Mrs L Tupp
Capt and Mrs H W Turner Mr and Mrs Wturner
Usher’s Wiltshire Brewery Ltd Dr F de C Veale
Mrs Veale Mr and Mrs W G Wadman
Mr and Mrs Walton Mrs Ward
Lord Warrington of Clyffe Miss C Watts
Mr P J Watts J Weeks
Miss Welch Mr Jack Welch
Mr and Mrs James Welch Major and Mrs Welchman
C E Weston Mrs Whitchurch
Mr W R Wilbraham  

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