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St. Andrew's Church
Wanborough, Wiltshire.

History of the Bells

1533 - Tower had four bells and a sanctus bell
17th Century - Original bells recast into 3 bells and hung in an oak frame
18th Century - 2 new bells and a new sanctus bell are added
1887 - Bells returned and frame repaired
1940 - The fourth bell cracked
1949 - John Taylors of Loughborough recast 3 of the bells, added a new treble and fitted a new 8 bell metal frame
1997 - 2 new treble bells were added by John Taylors of Loughborough

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Last Updated

28 August 2016

History of the Tower

Wanborough church is very old as you would have guessed! The tower was completed in 1435. The church is particularly famous for being one of only three churches in the country which has both a western tower and central spire. Why? Here is one of the stories which tells why Wanborough has both.

Once upon a time, the Lord of the Manors wife, was going to have a baby. The Lord of the Manor said that he would offer to pay for a tower if his wife gave birth to a baby boy or he would pay for a spire if his wife had a girl. However, he hadn't planned that his wife had twins - a girl and a boy - so therefore he paid for a tower and a spire.

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