dunsforth St Mary  SE 443648

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Built in 1860 by Mallinson & Healey replacing an earlier chapel of ease.  South-west tower with broach spire.


Two bells hung for swing chiming. However the tenor is not swung and is used as the hour bell; the treble is chimed from the porch.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 Samuel I Smith of York 1671   16.5" D
2   C16   18.5" B


1:   IB:     [89*] GLORIA [89*] IN [89*] ALTISSIMIS [89*] DEO [89*] 1671
Below:     [89] seven times

* only the centre section of this mark is used

2:   IB:     AN [bell] EL [snake] EHAT [bell] CNAS [cross]

When read backwards: SANCTA HELENA

The same marks appear on the treble at Raskelf (Diocese of York) and other bells in the area - use of a coin on one of these bells suggests a date of around 1547.

The inscription on Raskelf treble is given below - the cross, bell and snake marks are all used.


DUNSFORTH  (St. Mary). Two bells.

1.              GLORIA IN ALTISSIMIS DEO 1671



                        18 in. dia.

Frame and Fittings

Hung between parallel beams both bells have unusual headstocks: the bulk of which is made up of a a hefty wooden chiming lever (from which the bell is hung) and at right angles to this is an iron bar which forms the gudgeons.  The tenor has a clapper with an elongated ball and has an external clock hammer. The fittings must have been transferred, with the bells, from the enclosed western bell-cote of the old church (below).


A two train clock with wrought iron frame and unusually the pendulum swings front to back rather than side to side.  The clock has an automatic night-silencer fitted which seems excessive given the rural situation of the church and the smallness of the hour bell.


RWMC notes

ARA August 2010