pateley bridge St Cuthbert  SE 159658

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History

A brief history of the church building.

Bells

Eight bells hung for full circle ringing and one ancient bell on display in the porch.  The eight, cast in 1971 replaced a heavier six dating from 1893 by Carrs of Smethwick.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 John Taylor of Loughborough 1971 0-3-0 16" D flat
2 John Taylor of Loughborough 1971 1-0-12 17" C
3 John Taylor of Loughborough 1971 1-1-16 18.625" B flat
4 John Taylor of Loughborough 1971 1-2-20 20" A flat
5 John Taylor of Loughborough 1971 2-0-24 22" G flat
6 John Taylor of Loughborough 1971 2-1-22 23" F
7 John Taylor of Loughborough 1971 3-1-18 26" E flat
8 John Taylor of Loughborough 1971 4-1-24 28.5" D flat
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Poppleton

PATELEY  (St. Cuthbert). Seven bells.

In May, 1893, six bells, supplied by Charles Carr, of Smethwick, Birmingham, were hung in this church tower. The tenor weighs 12 cwt., is in the key of G flat, and bears the inscription-

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF GEORGE H HARKER A.D. 1893

BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART

These bells were given by Mr. and Mrs. Harker, of Harefield, in memory of their eldest son, George Hodgson Harker, who died 8th January, 1892. They were dedicated and first rung on 27th May, 1893.

There is in the vestry a bell which formerly hung in the old church tower. It has:

       D  Sancte I H C Petre I H C  Ora I H C  Pro Nobis

                18in. dia.

Inscriptions

Each of the ringing bells has [TAYLOR LOUGHBORO] // RECAST 1971 on the waist.

The disused bell is inscribed as in Poppleton and like many early bells in the area is thought to have come from Fountains Abbey.  It hung in the old church of St Mary in this parish and was presented to Mr and Mrs Harker, of Harefield, when they gave the peal of six bells in 1893.  It was returned to the church in memory of Robert Percy Harker who was killed in action.

Frame and Fittings

The fittings all date from the 1971 recasting by Taylors of Loughborough.  All the bells have bar headstocks, those on the back bells are "curved".  The wheels have softwood centres, the stays and sliders are of traditional design.  The bells hang in the former six bell frame adapted for eight - the two trebles hang side by side in the old tenor pit and  bells 3, 4 and 5 hang end to end in the pits of the two original trebles.  The bellframe is a composite frame of wooden cills and heads with iron braces.  Parts of the frame are of very slight construction and may not have done a very good job of supporting the previous six.

Clock

A two train clock by Roskell & Son of Liverpool.  

Sources

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