BARCHESTON, St Martin 3, 10cwt
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History Of The Bells
The earliest suviving parts of the church, the Chancel and the Nave, date from the end of he 12th century, and a North Aisle was added early in the 13th century. The tower was added fourteenth century. An attempt was made in the next century to correct its tilt to the west by buttressing the southwest and northwest corners and rebuilding the upper stage; a further buttress was added between the earlier two in the sixteenth century, blocking the windows which light the chambers. Major repairs and extensive restoration took place in 1869/70.
These bells are hung dead as a chime. They have all been quarter turned. They retain their canons and hang in a massive seventeenth century four bell frame. There are bearing indents in the vacant pit, suggesting that there may once have been a ring of four in this tower.
The bells were hung on deadstocks as a chime by Mears and Stainbank in July 1929 at a cost of £51.T
They are sounded by means of ropes attached to the old ringing clappers and chime from a manual at the base of the tower. As the tower leans significantly it is not considered strong enough to house a ringing peal.
Details of the Bells
1 Matthew Bagley, Chacombe 1775 6¾cwt 33.25" 982.0Hz (B-10c)
2 Richard Sanders, Bromsgrove 1720 7½cwt 35.25" 880.0Hz (A+0c)
3 Bartholomew Atton, Buckingham 1596 10cwt 38.375" 778.5Hz (G-12c)