knaresborough St John the Baptist  SE 347572

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History

A cruciform church with central tower.  The base of the tower is twelfth century but the upper stages date from the fourteenth or fifteenth century.

Bells

A peal of eight bells hung for full-circle ringing.  Originally a complete eight by Pack and Chapman (1774) the two trebles were recast in 1925 when the bells were rehung and retuned by Taylors of Loughborough.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 John Taylor of Loughborough 1925 4-3-18 28" E
2 John Taylor of Loughborough 1925 5-2-11 29.5" D sharp
3 Pack & Chapman 1774 5-3-11 31.5" C sharp
4 Pack & Chapman 1774 6-3-21 33.5" B
5 Pack & Chapman 1774 7-2-18 35.5" A
6 Pack & Chapman 1774 9-2-27 39" G sharp
7 Pack & Chapman 1774 12-2-20 42" F sharp
8 Pack & Chapman 1774 18-1-15 48" E

Inscriptions

List of

Poppleton

KNARESBOROUGH (St. John Baptist). Eight bells.

1.    OUR VOICES SHALL IN CONCERT RING

       TO HONOUR BOTH OF GOD AND KING

                     (Weight, 5 cwt. 3 qrs.)

 

2.    WHILST THUS WE JOIN IN CHEERFUL SOUND

       MAY LOVE AND LOYALTY ABOUND

                     (Weight, 6 cwt. 0 qrs. 9 lbs.)

 

3.    PEACE AND GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD

                     (Weight, 6 cwt. 1 qr. 4 lbs.)

 

4.    YE RINGERS ALL THAT PRIZE YOUR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS

       BE SOBER MERRY WISE AND YOU'LL THE SAME POSSESS

                     (Weight, 7 cwt. 1 qr. 4 1bs.)

 

5.    IN WEDLOCK BANDS ALL YE WHO JOIN WITH HANDS YOUR HEARTS UNITE

       SO SHALL OUR TUNEFUL TONGUES COMBINE TO LAUD THE NUPTIAL RITE

                     (Weight, 8 cwt.)

 

6.    SUCH WOND'ROUS POWERS TO MUSIC'S GIVEN

       IT ELEVATES THE SOUL TO HEAVEN

                     (Weight, 10 cwt. 0 qrs. 20 lbs.)

 

7.    IF YOU HAVE A JUDICIOUS EAR

       YOU'LL OWN MY VOICE IS SWEET AND CLEAR

                     (Weight, 13 cwt. 1 qr.)

 

8.    THE REV T COLLINS M.A. VICAR 1774 PROCUL ESTA PROFANI

       JOHN INMAN JOSEPH YOUNG CHURCHWARDENS

                     (Weight, 19 cwt. 1 qr. 11 lbs.)

On each bell is also-

                     PACK & CHAPMAN FECIT 1774

 

These bells cost 462 3s., and the carriage from London 82 1ls. 5d. further. 226 10s. was allowed for the four old bells, 102 13s. 6d. was subscribed, and the balance, 215 10s. 11d., was paid by the parish.

Mr. Frank Buckland (Curiosities of National History, 3rd Series, i, 56) states that the Rev. J. E. Ramskill told him that the four bells taken by the bellfounders in 1774 came from the Trinitarian Priory at Knaresborough. When the priory was dissolved it had twelve bells, which were shared between Spofforth, Kirby MaIzeard, and Knaresborough.

Frame and Fittings

A cast-iron low-side frame with modern fittings by Taylors dating from the restoration of 1925.

Clock

A three train flat bed clock by Potts of Leeds 1881 - now with electric drive and night silencing.

Sources

Yorkshire The West Riding - Nikolas Pevsner and Enid Ratcliffe [2nd edition]

Church Bells of the West Riding of Yorkshire - J Eyre Poppleton

Knaresborough in old picture postcards -Arnold Kellett