Adel St John the Baptist  SE 275402

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History

A largely Norman church - a rare survival.  Built between 1150 and 1160 though the bellcote dates only from the restoration by Chantrell in 1839.

Bells

There are three bells hung in the western double bellcote.  Two bells hang in the north arch and one in the south.  The bells are chimed by electric clappers from a console in the vestry.  The bells were restored in 2010 and the two heaviest tuned down one semitone to bring them into the major key - the original intention in 1976 but mistakenly the treble was tuned a semitone flat! Before retuning they weighed 2-2-13 and 3-0-22.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 John Taylor of Loughborough 1976 1-3-24 21" G
2 John Taylor of Loughborough 1976 2-1-0 23" F
3 John Taylor of Loughborough 1976 3-0-2 25" E flat

Inscriptions

Each bell is inscribed on the waist:    19 [John Taylor Loughboro] 76

Poppleton

ADEL (St. John Baptist). Three bells.

These were recast in 1839 by Thomas Mears, of London. The tenor weighs 4 cwt.

The accurate weights of these bells were:  2-3-4   3-3-20  and  4-0-22.

Details of old bells

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter
1 Thomas Mears of London 1839 2-3-4 23.625"
2 Thomas Mears of London 1839 3-3-20 25.25"
3 Thomas Mears of London 1839 4-0-22 27.25

Frame and Fittings

Hung dead from metal bar headstocks with internal electrically operated chiming hammers.

Sources

Taylors' Records