hunsingore St John the Baptist

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History

Built in 1867-8 by Kirk and Parry of Sleaford, Lincolnshire at the cost of Joseph Dent of Ribston Hall.

Bells

A peal of six bells hung for full circle ringing.  They are now unringable though various attempts to restore them to ringable condition have taken place over the decades - the last  being in the 1980s.  With its exposed position and large open louvres the weather has corroded the ironwork supporting the bells to the extent that at least one strap has completely broken.  The bells are chimed regularly from an Ellacombe chiming apparatus.  The front four bells have six canons each whilst the heaviest two have just four each.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 John Warner and Sons, London 1868   27.5 F
2 John Warner and Sons, London 1867   28.5 E flat
3 John Warner and Sons, London 1867   29.375 D flat
4 John Warner and Sons, London 1867   32.25 C
5 John Warner and Sons, London 1867   35 B flat
6 John Warner and Sons, London 1867   38 A flat

Inscriptions

Each inscription band has:  CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS  LONDON  1867. (Except the treble which is dated 1868.)

In addition they are inscribed on the waist:

1:    GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST

2:    ON EARTH PEACE.

3:    GOOD WILL TOWARDS MEN.

4:    WE PRAISE THEE.

5:    WE WORSHIP THEE.

6:    WE GLORIFY THEE.

Poppleton

HUNSINGORE  (St. John Baptist). Six bells.

1.    GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST

2.    PEACE ON EARTH

3.    GOOD WILL TOWARDS MEN

4.    WE PRAISE THEE

5.    WE BLESS THEE

6.    WE WORSHIP THEE

Frame and Fittings

Traditional fittings dating from the installation of 1867/8.  The wooden frame has metal ends on one end each of bells 1, 5, and 6.  All bells have an Ellacombe hammer. The tenor is pictured below.

A letter from the Ringing World of 1963 gives some detail of one of the rescue attempts.

Sources

ARA 8th April 2009