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POLESWORTH St Editha 8, 11-2-11 in F

Grid Reference 140/263024 Polesworth Church - Source: A Riley
Postcode B78 1DU
Recording None Available
Affiliation St Martin's Guild
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 0920-1000
Practice Monday 1930-2100 (check)

History Of The Bells

Originally raised from 4 to 5 in 1740 at the time the tower was partially rebuilt, these bells were augmented further to 6 using the existing frame and a wooden extension for the treble by Taylors in 1896. The 5 old bells were turned and had their canons removed and were amongst the earliest bells tuned on the "Simpson" principle on Taylor's new tuning machine. The same firm rehung the bells on ball bearings - i.e. new gudgeons and bearings to the existing iron stocks - in 1937.

The headstocks and other fittings were basically retained during the 1982 restoration, when the bells were again rehung, this time in a new eight-bell frame by the Polesworth and Tamworth ringers using parts supplied by Eayre & Smith, with the exception that the gudgeons and bearings were replaced.

A bell suitable to become the treble of 8 was been located via the Keltek Trust. This bell was orignially the 3rd from the recently replaced ring at Kidderminster. It has the inscription 'Augmentation from eight to twelve bells'. A new bell was been cast to become the second of the eight on 30th September 2004. It has the inscription: 'Ring out to the Glory of God. Come and Worship the Lord' They were installed on 1-3 November 2004.

Dove used to state that the tenor is in F#, though this has been changed for the current edition.

Details of the Bells

1 Gillett and Johnston            1935   5-1-12  27.94"  1399.0Hz (F+3c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2004   5-3-10  28.50"  1318.0Hz (E-1c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1896   6-1-14  30.50"  1175.5Hz (D+1c)
4 Abel Rudhall, Gloucester        1740   6-1-03  32.25"  1044.0Hz (C-4c)
5 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel     1776   6-1-00  33.50"   930.5Hz (Bb-3c)
6 George Oldfield I, Nottingham   1667   7-1-14  36.00"   870.0Hz (A-20c)
7 George Oldfield I, Nottingham   1654  10-0-15  39.50"   781.0Hz (G-7c)
8 George Oldfield I, Nottingham   1664  11-2-11  42.75"   699.0Hz (F+1c)


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