downholme  St Michael  NZ 111983

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History

A small church with western bell-cote.  There is work of most centuries from the twelfth to the eighteenth.

Bells

Two bell hung for swing-chiming in a western bell-cote.  The modern tenor is a replacement for an eighteenth century bell which was stolen.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1   C14   c21"  
2 Taylors, Eayre and Smith 2008 1-3-22 22.5" F#

Inscriptions

The treble has some markings on its inscription band.  The tenor has a band of ornament and on the waist a Taylors, Eayre and Smith medallion.

Frame and Fittings

The tenor is hung from a metal bar headstock and has an alarmingly red counter weight.  The treble has a wooden headstock.  Both bells hang in the western bell-cote and have chiming levers with cables leading down into the church.  The cables are finished with a length of chain and wooden handles reminiscent of those used with high-level lavatory cisterns.  

Sources

Andrew Aspland September 2010