SHUSTOKE St Cuthbert 6, 10½cwt in G# Minor
|Affiliation||St Martin's Guild|
|Sunday||0900-0930 (1 & 3)|
History Of The Bells
These bells are tonally "different" to most rings of 6, being in the "minor" key. They sound the notes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 of a ring of 8. The frame for six is dated 1769, but there were only five bells until 1950. The inscription on the 3rd bell of 6 clearly indicates that Bagley installed a ring of 5 in 1698.
The present second, dated 1887, was recast after lightning damage to the spire in 1886 and its fittings are by Taylors. Originally it was by William Brooke of Bromsgrove, 1736, though it was delivered to Edgbaston. The same bell had previously been recast there in 1733, at the second attempt to get a good bell. The two tenors were recast at Whitechapel in 1768. The back four were rehung in 1883 by Robert Summers of Tamworth in Arden, a millwright who also worked as a bellhanger, at a cost of £85/10/-. Taylors rehung the back five on ball bearings in 1924. None of the bells have been quarter turned.
This "spired" church is easily visible from some distance and is situated at the "Furnace End" edge of the village.
I would suggest that you organise your visit during opening times as "The Griffin" by the church is a real ale drinkers' paradise! It sells a wide range of well kept beer. Definitely recommended - it has a large conservatory on the side in which children are made welcome. However, food is not available during the evening.
Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1950 3-2-3 25.50" 1377.5Hz (E#-24c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1887 4-2-0 27.25" 1233.5Hz (D#-15c)
3 William Bagley, Chacombe 1698 4¾cwt 28.75" 1093.0Hz (C#-25c)
4 William Bagley, Chacombe 1698 5¼cwt 30.75" 964.0Hz (B-42c)
5 Lester and Pack, Whitechapel 1768 7½cwt 34.00" 920.5Hz (A#-22c)
6 Lester and Pack, Whitechapel 1768 10½cwt 39.125" 811.5Hz (G#-40c)