NORTHFIELD* St Lawrence 10, 14-1-3 in F# (GF)
|Affiliation||St Martin's Guild|
History Of The Bells
This church is historically in Worcesterhire, but was "absorbed" into Birmingham in 1911. It became part of the West Midlands in 1974, as did many other towers in Warwickshire. The building was started in 1086 and there are many parts of the building that are several hundreds of years old for the interested to find.
This ring of 10 was completed in 1999 when two trebles were provided, the fittings of the 8 overhauled and a new frame provided. The new frame was positioned in the old ringing room and the ring converted to a ground floor one in order to leave the previous, listed, frame in situ.
There had been 3 bells here in 1552 and work was carried out several times on the bells in the 17th century, including recasting and rehanging in 1637. Who did this latter work and how many bells were involved is not known. It can be speculated that the work was entrusted to Thomas Hancox II of Walsall as the accounts of the time state that the bells were taken to Walsall. Chris Pickford suggests that there might well have been a ring of 5 cast as the 1637 frame, which is still in the tower, was built for this number. Certainly there were 5 bells in the tower in 1703.
Josepth Smith of Edgbaston recast these bells into 6 in 1730, the scrapping weight of the tenor being 11-3-4 and in the key of F#. These remained in the tower for nearly 200 years. Work was carriedout on the bells in 1829. The bells were rehung in the old frame with new fittings by William Blews & Sons in 1875 at a cost of £50. At that time, the bells were rearranged in the frame to give a clockwise rope circle – having been anti-clockwise prior to this date.
In 1881 a quotation was obtained from Taylors for the addition of a treble and tenor (of about 17cwt) and the recasting of the fourth in order to augment to 8. This was never taken up by the church. Warners rehung the bells again in 1901/2. However, in 1923 a completely new ring was provided by Taylors and the frame adapted by William Sapcote & Son. The previous inscriptions were reproduced in fascimile. The need for a faculty to recast the bells was overlooked and a retrospective one had to be obtained after the bells had been re-dedicated!
(Most of the above information is quoted directly (with permission) from the research notes of Chris Pickford)
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1999 3-1-18 22.875" 1851.0Hz (A#-13c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1999 3-1-22 24.00" 1653.0Hz (G#-9c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1923 3-2-14 25.125" 1473.0Hz (F#-8c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1923 3-2-16 25.375" 1387.0Hz (Ex-12c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1923 4-0-18 27.50" 1237.0Hz (D#-10c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1923 5-0-02 29.375" 1103.0Hz (C#-9c)
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1923 6-0-06 31.75" 984.0Hz (B-7c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1923 7-1-00 33.875" 926.0Hz (A#-12c)
9 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1923 9-1-17 37.375" 826.0Hz (G#-10c)
10 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1923 14-1-13 42.50" 734.5Hz (F#-13c)
Details of the Bells in 1923
1 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1730 4-3-02 28.50" 1316.0Hz
2 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1730 4-3-22 29.75" 1155.0Hz
3 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1730 5-0-27 31.00" 1022.0Hz
4 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1730 6-0-26 32.00" 952.0Hz
5 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1730 8-1-26 35.50" 857.0Hz
6 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1730 11-3-04 40.75" 759.0Hz
(N.B. These are scrapping weights.
|The Church - Looking East||The Sanctuary|
|The Church - Looking West||The 1923 ring at Taylors|