SHERBOURNE All Saints 6, 11-1-17 in F#
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History Of The Bells
A wonderful, Grade II* listed, church which is signposted off the A429 just south of the A46/M40 interchange roundabout. It is the fourth on this site, set in a rural setting. It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott. I was commissioned by the philanthropist Louisa Ryland, who had inherited a fortune on the death of her father, Samuel Ryland, who had made is money in the wire drawing industry in Birmingham.
Park by the churchyard lych gate and enter via the main church door on the north side - the tower door is inside the church. Pause a while to look at the two colour marble columns, the ornate font and the many lovely carvings in wood and stone of birds, flowers and faces. There is a memorial to one of the "Dambusters" on the north wall.
The present fourth bell is larger of the two bells that hung in the previous church. The smaller, weighing 4-2-19, was sold to George Mears & Co as part payment for five new bells to be added to the remaining bell. The work was commissioned by Louisa Ryland. The bells were installed in the newly completed church in 1864.
The cross sectional size of the tower is not as large as you might think it is going to be when looking at the church from outside. This means that the bells had to be hung in a two tier wooden frame, with bells 2 and 4 above, by Mears and Stainbank in 1864. This frame was strengthened, again by Mears and Stainbank, in 1897 by the insertion of iron tie bolts. The bells were rehung on ball bearings, yet again by Mears & Stainbank, in 1928 and further overhauled in 1975 by Frank White after a fall of masonry which broke the fourth's wheel. All the bells retain their canons, the fourth, maiden bell, alone has been quarter turned.
This was the home tower of the late Pam Copson author of the "One Per Learner" Books.
Details of the Bells
1 George Mears & Co, London 1863 4-1-25 27.00"
2 George Mears & Co, London 1863 4-3-26 28.50"
3 George Mears & Co, London 1863 5-2-13 30.50"
4 Hugh Watts II, Leicester 1632 6½cwt 33.00"
5 George Mears & Co, London 1863 8-0-26 36.00"
6 George Mears & Co, London 1863 11-1-17 40.00"