EAST WITTON  St John  SE 147860

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History

Substantial church of 1809 by H H Seward. Large west tower.

Bells

Listed in a Mears and Stainbank catalogue of 1888 as a 7cwt peal of six cast in 1812.  Four of the bells have subsequently been recast by the same firm. For a largely 20th century ring they are tonally quite indifferent.  The recast bells were cast old-style and thus, despite the great advances in harmonic bell tuning, these bells lack the beauty of other early twentieth century peals of bells.  Both Middleham and West Witton had chosen Taylors of Loughborough as their founders in the first decade of the twentieth century and it seems odd that the influence of these two churches had not spread further.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 Mears & Stainbank 1915   24.0625" A
2 Mears & Stainbank 1915   25.3125" G
3 Thomas Mears II 1812   26.875" F
4 Thomas Mears II 1812   28.375" E
5 Mears & Stainbank 1915   30.5625" D
6 Mears & Stainbank 1930 6-3-23 32.875" C

Inscriptions

1: IB:     MEARS & STAINBANK, LONDON.
W:                CAST 1812,  RECAST 1915.

2: IB:     MEARS & STAINBANK, LONDON.
W:                CAST 1812,  RECAST 1915.

3: IB:  [ornament]  T MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1812

4: IB:  [ornament]  T MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1812

5: IB:        MEARS & STAINBANK LONDON
W:                        [AH + 3 bells roundel]
RW:                TO THE GLORY OF GOD
        THE TREBLE, 2ND, AND 5TH BELLS WERE RECAST,
            AND THE PEAL REHUNG AT THE EXPENSE OF
                                H. CHRISTIE, ESQ:
                                        A.D. 1915.

6: IB:    THOMAS MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1812.   M&S. LONDON. [AH + 3 bells roundel]
W:            THE GIFT OF THE RIGHT HONORABLE
        THOMAS BRUCE BRUDENELL BRUCE,
            EARL OF AILESBURY, TO THE PARISH
                OF EAST WITTON.
                RECAST 1930

Frame and Fittings

Wooden frame dating form 1812 with traditional wooden fittings and plain bearings. The headstocks could well date from 1915 when the canons were presumably removed from the older bells and the new bells were cast without.

Clock

Two train bed frame clock by John Thwaites & Co. CLerkenwell, 1812, London.

Sources

ARA November 2003