beckwithshaw St Michael and All Angels  SE  268532

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History

C19 church with south-west tower.

Bells

A peal of six bells hung for full-circle ringing.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 Mears & Stainbank 1886   28.25" D sharp
2 Mears & Stainbank 1886   30.75" C sharp
3 Mears & Stainbank 1886   33.25" B
4 Mears & Stainbank 1886   34.75" A sharp
5 Mears & Stainbank 1886   37" G sharp
6 Mears & Stainbank 1886 13-0-15 42.75" F sharp

Inscriptions

1    IB:    MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON. 1886

    Waist:                            JOSHUA.

 

2     IB:    MEARS & STAINBANK FOUNDERS LONDON 1886

    Waist:                            JOHN.

 

3    IB:    MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON 1886

    Waist:                            ANNIE.

 

4   IB:    MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON. 1886

    Waist:                           MARY

 

5    IB:    MEARS & STAINBANK FOUNDERS LONDON 1886

    Waist:                            ELLEN.

 

6    IB:    MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON. 1886

    Waist:                           HENRY.

The names are those of the donor, his wife and children and are incised into the waist of each bell.  There is considerable diversity in the punctuation used. 

Frame and Fittings

A two tier wooden frame with bells 1, 3 and 5 hanging above 2, 4 and 6 respectively which is coeval with the bells. The third bell is pictured above.  Each bell hangs from its original wooden headstock though a restoration has seen the fitting of independent crown staples and ball bearings.  The third has an SG clapper whilst those of the others are wrought iron.  Traditional stays and sliders.

Sources

ARA visited August 2003