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.
|1||Samuel I Smith of York||1671||16.5"||D|
1: IB: [89*] GLORIA [89*] IN [89*] ALTISSIMIS [89*] DEO [89*]
Below:  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
2. D AN EL EHAT CNAS
(i.e. SANCTA HELENA)
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.
ARA August 2010