WHICHFORD St Michael 8, 12-3-23 in G (GF)
|Practice||Tuesday 1930 - 2100 (2 & 4)
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History Of The Bells
Set right in the south of the Diocese, these bells were rehung in an 6 bell frame, set up to allow for 8 in 1904, many years followed this before the two trebles were added, (in 1998). They go well and sound likewise.
The sixth is the sole survivor of a ring of five bells that was put up in 1695. By 1890 there were 5 bells, four by Bagley and a Taylor of Oxford tenor; it being a recast, in 1848, of the Bagley tenor bell. A new clock and treble bell were given by Robert Wincott of Ascott (a hamlet within the parish) in 1891, the bell being by Gillett and Johnston of Croydon and weighing 4-0-21.
In 1904 Taylors incorporated the two tenors into a new, remodelled, ring of 6, recasting the other four and making the ring heavier. The bells were hung in a cast iron H-frame set out for 8 bells and the old bells were quarter turned. This was done using the money from a donation of £300 for "improving the bells" from Richard Badger, Esq of Eastbourne in Sussex, formerly of Shipston on Stour.
The 6 "original" bells that were still on plain bearings were put onto ball bearings in early 2003.
There are several ringing performances over the years written on the Ringing Room walls in pencil!
There is a 13.50" Sanctus bell of 1706 by William Bagley. It alone has canons, those on 6 & 7 having been removed and the others cast with flat tops. Note that the sixth is lighter than both the fourth and fifth.
Enter by the west door of the tower, not from the church itself. Park in the road beside the church.
Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd, Loughborough 1998 3-2-00 24.50" 1533.0Hz (G-39c)
2 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd, Loughborough 1998 3-2-23 25.125" 1440.0Hz (F#-47c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1904 4-1-01 27.25" 1286.0Hz (E-43c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1904 5-0-01 29.06" 1152.0Hz (D-34c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1904 5-3-20 31.625" 1025.0Hz (C-36c)
6 William Bagley, Chacombe 1695 4-3-26 31.25" 964.0Hz (B-42c)
7 William Taylor, Oxford 1848 6-2-08 35.125" 864.0Hz (A-32c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1904 12-3-23 41.75" 768.0Hz (G-36c)
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