MOSELEY* St Mary 10, 18-0-9 in F
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History Of The Bells
Though not a parish in its own right until 1853, this church is an old one in foundation. It was built in the 15th century and the tower was added around the turn of the 16th century. This church has been much restored and the tower is all that remains of the previous building.
At the time of the 1552 inventory there were three bells here. The number stayed the same until they were replaced by a steel ring of 8 bells, though each had been recast. These bells were sold to the neighbouring parish of St Annes on their removal and they form part of what is now a ring of 6 (q.v.).
The "new" bells were originally hung at St. Marie’s, Sheffield, (now Hallam R.C. Cathedral) in July 1861. They became surplus to requirements when a new ring of eight bell-metal bells was installed there in 1873-4. They were hung by Vickers in Moseley in 1874. The original treble was replaced when the bells were transferred to Moseley, and the second (dated 1858) may be a substitute for one of the original Sheffield bells. This firm tended to cast a number of bells at various times and take rings from them as required, not always casting "to order". All the bells have "button tops".
Though the vicar did write a glowing testimonial about the bells and their hangings, they are not in a very substantial frame. As early as 1887 Taylors commented on the weakness of the frame. This frame is on two levels, with 1, 3, 4 & 7 above the others. Carrs of Smethwick replaced some of the fittings in 1903, but they remained a difficult ring. The ringing room floor was removed during the rebuilding of the church in 1909 and ringing was stopped and an Ellacombe apparatus installed. They were overhauled, using parts supplied by Eayre and Smith, mainly using local labour in 1991/2 and ringing restarted.
The back 5 were reasonably in tune, but the third was very flat and the second and treble sharp and flat enough respectively to be almost the same note. The tenor was weighed at the 1991 restoration and all other weights are approximate.
On 17th May 2008 the tenor departed from its bearings and landed safely in the pit. The wheel, gudgeons and bearings were all wrecked, but the bell itself has not been damaged.
The ring was replaced in 2012 with bells based on the back three bells of a church in Greenock, Scotland that had been made redundant; with seven new trebles cast by Taylors to G & J Profiles. They were test rung on 18th October 2012 - the difference is remarkable! They are a fine ring of 10. The steel bells have gone to Knapps Farm, Doulton Beacon, Somerset and are currently totally unhung and at ground level.
(Most of the above information is quoted directly (with permission) from the research notes of Chris Pickford)
Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 2012 4-1-11 25.50" 1733.0Hz (A-27c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 2012 4-2-19 26.50" 1543.0Hz (G-28c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 2012 4-2-17 27.375" 1367.0Hz (F-37c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 2012 5-0-05 28.50" 1293.0Hz (E-34c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 2012 5-2-11 30.00" 1153.0Hz (D-32c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 2012 6-0-12 31.50" 1027.0Hz (C-33)
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 2012 7-1-15 34.00" 916.0Hz (Bb-31c)
8 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1950 9-1-05 36.60" 864.0Hz (A-32c)
9 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1950 12-3-26 41.00" 770.0Hz (G-31c)
10 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1950 18-0-09 45.50" 686.0Hz (F-31c)
Details of the Steel Bells
1 Vickers Sons & Co Ltd, Sheffield 1874 4¼cwt 30.75" 1136.0Hz (Db+42.06)
2 Naylor Vickers & Co, Sheffield 1858 5cwt 31.75" 1120.0Hz (Db-17.51)
3 Naylor Vickers & Co, Sheffield 1861 6½cwt 35.50" 919.5Hz (Bb-23.98)
4 Naylor Vickers & Co, Sheffield 1861 7cwt 38.50" 854.5Hz (Ab+49.09)
5 Naylor Vickers & Co, Sheffield 1860 8cwt 41.75" 776.0Hz (G-17.74)
6 Naylor Vickers & Co, Sheffield 1861 8½cwt 44.75" 732.0Hz (F#-18.79)
7 Naylor Vickers & Co, Sheffield 1861 12½cwt 49.50" 648.0Hz (E-29.81)
8 Naylor Vickers & Co, Sheffield 1860 16-3-03 53.50" 590.5Hz (D+9.32)
Details of the Previous Bells
1 Hugh Watts II, Leicester 1638 2-0-24 22.50"
2 John Martin, Worcester 1650 2-3-06 24.75"
3 William Brooke, Bromsgrove 1740 3-1-16 27.125"
|The old tenor in its pit,
having jumped the
bearings on 17/5/08
|The Interior Over Time|