PILLERTON HERSEY St Mary the Virgin 3: 8cwt in Bb - Unringable
History Of The Bells
A three - ringable until the 1970s. Rehung with new fittings in a composite frame by Henry Bond of Burford in 1901 at a cost of £48/10/0. The tenor is Bb-48c and the second and treble Db-53c and C-46c respectively. This means that the treble and second are 93c apart, just short of a semitone. Therefore the bells are the front 3 of a ring of 4. Let's call them Bb, C and Db! They do sound good. They hang in a composite frame, Henry Bond 1901 and have been quarter turned. (At a cost of £48/10/-)
A recent brief visit by the Guild BRF team showed that the tenor is loose on wheel and headstock and there is worm in the headstock where it needs to be tightened. There is also some worm in other stocks & stays too. It would be inadvisable to get tenor up even though it might last for a bit! The treble and second's wheels are need of minor repair. The clappers are at best "iffy"!
Some parishioners have been trained to chime by local ringers and this might generate some interest in a full restoration, one would hope. Indeed a scheme has been launched in early 2013 to restore the bells and add a further 1/2 bells to make them a ring of 4/5. The plan is to use a redundant bell from the ring of 5 at Adlestrop, which were remodelled into a lighter ring of 6, as the treble of four. The bells were removed from the tower in mid-January 2017.
Details of the Bells
Nu1 Abraham Rugdhall I 1711 4-1-0 25.75" 1264.0Hz (Eb+27c) (As received at Taylors)
1 Henry Bagley, Chacombe 1668 6cwt 29.50" 1075.0Hz (Db-53c)
2 Henry Bagley, Chacombe 1672 6¾cwt 32.25" 1019.0Hz (C-46c)
3 Newcombe, Leicester 1602 8cwt 35.25" 907.0Hz (Bb-48c)
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