CASTLE BROMWICH* SS Mary & Margaret 6, 10-3-14 in Ab - Ringing Suspended
|Affiliation||St Martin's Guild|
|Other Information||Bellringers' Website|
History Of The Bells
Originally a chapelry in the parish of Aston, (until 1878) a ring of five (tenor 7-1-4) cast by Joseph Smith of Edgbaston was installed in 1717. These bells were transferred to the new tower when the church was remodelled between 1726 and 1731.
There is evidence in the Churchwardens' Accounts (now in Warwick County Record Office) of the payment for the new bells in 1717. "Payd Joseph Smith for casting the bells £12 16s. 0d. " Whether there were inscriptions on the three older bells is not known. The inscriptions on the 1717 bells were:
Treble Iohn Thornton: Thomas Sadler: Trustees 1717
Second Iohn Banner: Roland Brawbridge: Trustees 1717
Third William Sadler: Isaac Sadler: 1717
Fourth Iohannes Brooke: S:T:B: Iohn Chattock: Chappell Warden 1717
Tenor Sir John Bridgeman: Baronet 1717
They were augmented to six in 1893 by Charles Carr of Smethwick to celebrate the marriage of the future George V. They added a tenor (8-2-0), replaced the third with a bell a semitone lower and rehung the bells in a new composite frame. The tenor was inscribed "Laus Deo".
The old bell was reused as a clock bell at the Derby British Rail works where it still remains.
The whole ring was recast by Gillett & Johnson in 1952. The bells hang in the strengthened 1893 composite frame; many of the old fittings were also reused. Additional framework above the existing frame, "lowsided" frame castings on steel girders, was provided for two further bells, but this have never been installed.
The bells were removed from the tower in March 2017. They are to be rehung in a new frame and to augmented to 8 by Taylors. They hope that the project will be completed by August 2017. The new trebles were cast to G&J profiles at Taylors on 21st September 2016.
Details of the Bells
Nu 1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 2016
Nu 2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 2016
1 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1952 4-1-14 27.00"
2 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1952 4-2-16 28.25"
3 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1952 5-0-00 29.50"
4 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1952 5-3-12 31.125"
5 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1952 7-2-16 34.00"
6 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1952 10-3-14 38.375"
|The bells at the G & J Foundry in 1952||The ringers in 1952|
|The Smith Third in its
"new" home in Derby,
plus a recording of it chiming.
|The Bells at Taylors, 2017||The Tenor at Taylors, 2017.|
|The New Trebles|