Bell Inscriptions at St. John wtih St. Mary

Treble"The Gift of Wm. Willy, Esqr. Mr. Tris. Godwin and Mr. Wm. Adlam Ch. Wardens. Js. Burrough Founder 1747." Note : D. 4 cwt. 2 qrs 25 lbs.

Second "The Gift of Wm. Willy Esqr. Mr. Wm. Adlam and Mr. Tris.Godwin ch. Wardens. Js. Burrough Founder. 1747." Note : C sharp. 4 cwt 3 qrs 13 Ibs. (James Burrough's foundry operated next to St. John's churchyard 173~1755).

Third "Vivat Rex et Floreat Grex. Ano Domini 1677 : (symbol of a bell) R.P. (bell) W.C. (2 bells) + T.C. + ". Note : B. 7 cwt 2 qrs 8 lbs.

Fourth "HOPE WELL I.W. 1610." Note : A. 7 cwt 0 qrs 26 lbs.

Fifth "FEARE THE LORDE 1610." I.W. Note: G. 9 cwt 3 qrs 9 lbs. (Recast in 1927).

Sixth "Mr. James Sutton Mier William Ric : Smith Churchwardens 1697 (shield with three bells)." Note: F sharp. 10 cwt 2 qrs 17 lbs. (Ric. is an abbreviation for Richard).

Seventh: "John Jordan and Matthew Figgins Churchwardens. 1677 (two bells) R.P. (bell) W.C. (bell & tree) (a) Recast 1905 (b) (Taylor's mark) As a thank-offering from Mary Peace. J. G. 'Watson M.A. Rector. G. S. A.Waylen, E. J. Giddings. Churchwardens." Note : E. 15 cwt 3 qrs 1 lb.

Tenor "Richard Hillier; Mayor Gnt. Charles Danvers Sqr Recorder.1677. R.P. (bell) W.C. (two bells) Henry Johnson, Rector; John Jordan and Matthew Figgins, churchwardens." Note : D. 19 cwt 1 qtr 6 lbs. (The Initials R.P. and W.C. on the 3rd, 7th and Tenor are those of William Coney and his assistant Rog

  • St. John's eight bells were originally cast between 1610 and 1747, but some have been recast and all were rehung with plain bearings in a steel frame in 1902.
  • Ten peals are recorded on boards in the ringing chamber. One of particular interest is a peal of 5040 changes of Grandsire Triples rung in February 1920 in memory of Devizes ringers who gave their lives in the 1914-18 Great War. Mr. G. Harding who conducted the peal on that day rang in a quarter peal in Devizes as recently as September 1969, over 49 years later.
  • Another peal board records one of Grandsire Triples rung in 1962 in honour of the 80th anniversary of the Salisbury Diocesan Guild by officials of the Devizes Branch.
  • Until it was stopped in 1940, the curfew had been rung at 9 p.m. for several hundred years. The late Mr Jessie Stone, as verger, carried out this duty for the final 40 years, but the practice was not resumed after the war ended.