farnham St Oswald  SE 347606

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History

A medieval church with work from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries.  The tower is the latest work and stands within the walls of the nave independent of its structure.

Bells

Three bells hung for high swing chiming.  The treble is an exceptionally, for its age and founder, modern sounding bell.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 Pack & Chapman 1774 3 cwt. 25.125" E
2 William Oldfield 1631 3.5 cwt. 26" D
3 William Oldfield 1631 4.5 cwt. 28.5" C sharp

Inscriptions

1.    PACK & CHAPMAN OF LONDON FECIT THE REV THOS COLLINS VICAR J WOOD CH // WARDEN 1774

2.    IESVS BE OVR SPEED 1631

3.    FILI DEI MISERERE MEI 1631

The latter part of the treble's inscription is incised and the word Warden and the date are just below the inscription band underneath "Pack &".  Interestingly this bell was supplied in the same year as the eight at nearby Knaresborough.  A Mr Hudson was agent for Pack and Chapman based in York. 

The two heavier bells are attributed to William Oldfield and pictured below is an example of his lettering taken from the tenor.

Poppleton

FARNHAM (St. Oswald). Three bells.

1.    (incised)     THE REVD THOS COLLINS VICAR

                         J WOOD CH WARDEN 1774

       (raised)      PACK & CHAPMAN OF LONDON FECIT

2.    IESVS BE OVR SPEED 1631

3.    FILI DEI MISERERE MEI 1631

 

The death-bell is rung with twelve strokes for a man, nine for a woman, and six for a child.

Frame and Fittings

Hung in a softwood frame with centre posts, end posts and diagonal braces which bears all the marks of being a twentieth century copy of an earlier frame.  The headstocks are also unusual both in their section, which is nearly square, and their "plate" gudgeons and modern ball bearings.  Again these look to date from the second half of the twentieth century and seem to be the work of a non-specialist bell hanger.  The unusual full wheels are clearly older - all one piece wheels but that of the treble is a finer piece of workmanship than the other two. The two Oldfield bells have independent crown staples fitted by drilling the head of the bell but the stumps of the cast-in crown staples remain.  The clappers in these two bells may be original - that in the tenor is pictured below:

Sources

ARA May 2004