Kirkstall St Stephen  SE 265358

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History

Built in 1828-9 by R D Chantrell.  The interior owes much to further alterations in 1863 and 1894. 

Bells

A chime of eight bells replacing a former single bell.  This bell was weighed by Gillett &co. on arrival at their foundry and was recorded as 17-0-6.  It was probably the work of Thomas Mears II from 1829.  The chime is played by an Ellacombe rack from the first floor clock room. The treble was recast in 1954 to an old-style profile which does not match the long-waisted Gillett and Company bells.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 John Taylor 1954 2.2.6 22.125 Ab
2 Gillett & Co. 1886 3.0.24 24.375 G
3 Gillett & Co. 1886 3.3.0 26.375 F
4 Gillett & Co.

1886

4.0.17 27 Eb
5 Gillett & Co.

1886

5.0.21 29.625 Db
6 Gillett & Co.

1886

5.0.23 30.75 C
7 Gillett & Co.

1886

6.3.0 33.625 Bb
8 Gillett & Co.

1886

8.0.24 36.75 Ab
 1 Gillett & Co. 1886 3.0.12 23.75 Ab

Inscriptions

1.    RECAST BY JOHN TAYLOR & CO. * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1955

2.    CAST BY GILLETT & Co CROYDON 1886

3.    CAST BY GILLETT & Co CROYDON 1886

4.    CAST BY GILLETT & Co CROYDON 1886

5.    CAST BY GILLETT & Co CROYDON 1886

6.    CAST BY GILLETT & Co CROYDON 1886

7.    CAST BY GILLETT & Co CROYDON 1886

8.    CAST BY GILLETT & Co CROYDON 1886 
                 TO THE GLORY OF GOD 
                    SARAH A HARDING 
                   OF ST ANNS TOWER 
        GAVE ME AND MY SEVEN SISTERS 
                            EASTER 
                          A.D. 1886

Previous No.1.    CAST BY GILLETT & Co CROYDON 1886 [assumed]

Frame and Fittings

The eight bells hang in the original one bell frame extended at the sides and adapted.  They hang from wooden deadstocks and have Ellacombe hammers.  The original plain bearings are still in situ as is the pulley of the single bell.  In the photograph below the oil marks from these bearings can be seen below the tenor's deadstock.  Since this photograph the bell installation has been cleaned and overhauled by David Potter of York.

Sources

ARA visited 2002

Chris Pickford - information about the original bell.