COWTHORPE St Michael (Redundant)  SE427527

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Bells

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 G Dalton 1757   16"  
2 W Oldfield 1622   18"  
3   c1460   20"  

Inscriptions

Frame and Fittings

Poppleton

COWTHORPE  (St. Michael). Three bells.

1.    { G Dalton York }  1757

                               16 in. dia.

2.    k O MY. SOVND . THE ; MEANE . YET . DOTH . ASPIRE
TO. SOVND . MENS . HARTS . AND . RAISE. THEM . HIRE.

                     1622 . R . K . W O    18 in. dia.

3.    O k thou k blyssid k trinite k of k bryan k rodlyff k haf k pyte

                     (f)              (g)              (h)              (i)              (j)

20 in. dia.

The stop between the words of the inscription is intended for a chess rook, the badge of the Rouclyffs.

This is a most interesting bell. Sir Bryan Rouclyff, who commemorates himself on it, was the son of Guy Rouclyff, Recorder of York, by Joan, daughter of Thomas Burgh, of Kirtlington, Notts. Sir Bryan Rouclyff was made a Baron of the Exchequer in 1458. He married Joan, daughter of Sir Richard Hamerton, of Wigglesworth-in-Craven. In 1455 he petitioned Archbishop Booth for leave to rebuild Cowthorpe Church, and by August, 1458, it was ready for consecration. This bell may therefore be taken as of the latter date, and is the earliest English inscription I have found.

Further particulars as to Sir Bryan, and a full account of his most interesting memorial brass in Cowthorpe Church, will be found in the Yorkshire Archaological Journal xv, 10.


(f) Our Lord in glory.

(g) Arms of Rouclyff:.Arg. on a chevron between three lions' heads erased gu. a inullet or pierced of the second.

(h) The Blessed Virgin and Child.

(i) Arms of Hammerton :Arg. 3 hammers 2 and 1, sa.

(j) Probably a founder's mark.

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