Pickhill  All Saints  SE 293893

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History

Late Perpendicular west tower on a C13 church with some Norman work remaining.

Bells

Six bells hung for full-circle ringing.  Until 2002 there was a ring of three (see below) which hung in the top chamber of this large tower.  In that year three new bells were added and the six bells hung in the clock chamber leaving the original frame intact.  The original tenor was tuned and had its canons removed, the original second was left untuned and the treble was found to have a large radiating group of cracks necessitating extensive welding and this bell was tuned.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 Whitechapel 2002 4-0-18 26.75" E
2 Whitechapel 2002 4-3-1 28.375" D
3 Whitechapel 2002 5-0-11 29.75" C
4 Thomas I Wood of Thirsk 1656 5-1-27 31.5" B
5   1584 6-3-23 34.5" A
6 John Warner & Sons of London 1868 8-1-20 37.625" G

  

The original second and treble bells before the restoration.

Inscriptions

1.  IB:    [vine ornament]      

Waist:     TO THE GLORY OF GOD
                            E II R
        1952 GOLDEN JUBILEE 2002

SB:    I WAS GIVEN BY THOSE WHO HEAR ME

2.  IB:    [vine ornament]      

Waist:     THE RINGERS' BELL
        LET THE VOICE OF THE BELLS
                    PROCLAIM
    GOD'S PRESENCE IN THE LAND

SB:    I WAS GIVEN BY THOSE WHO RING ME

3.  IB:    [vine ornament]      

Waist:         IN MEMORY OF
       1951 PETER FOTHERGILL 1994
                        OUR LOVE
                FOR EACH OTHER
          AND FOR OUR CHILDREN
                        LIVES ON

SB:    I WAS GIVEN BY THOSE WHO LOVE HIM

4.  IB:    IESVS   BE   OVR   SPEED   1656

5.  IB:    THIS BELL AT PICKALL ANNO DOMINI 1584
    (The K faces downwards and the 5 is reversed.)

6.  IB:    recast by john warner & sons  london  1868.

Waist:                [Royal Arms]
                            PATENT

                GOD SAVE OUR CHURCH
        REVD JACKSON MASON VICAR
        THOMAS RAPER HIGHMOOR
        JOSEPH HODGSON                    } CHURCHWARDENS

Frame and Fittings

Formerly hung with wooden headstocks, plain bearings, wheels stays and sliders all dating from the 1868 restoration but hanging in a large and older frame.  The frame and some of the fittings have been retained.  The bells now hang in a welded steel frame (galvanised) built locally by John Hallett and his team.  The fittings are largely by the Whitechapel bellfoundry with bells 4 and 5 hung on canon retaining headstocks.

Clock

A two-train flat bed clock by Benson of London.

Sources

ARA visit August 2003