Spennithorne  St Michael  SE 137889

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History

Medieval church mostly from the Decorated period with large west tower.

Bells

Three bells hung for full-circle ringing but no longer in ringable condition.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 Peter Wood of Thirsk 1681   29.875" D
2 John Warner 1890   29.9375" C#
3 Unidentified - attribute to "IR" 1664   34.5" B

Inscriptions

1:    IESVS BE OVR SPEED  1681

2:    RECAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS  LONDON 1890.
                                    + JESUS
        WILLIAM APPLETON OF HIS OWN CHARGE MADE THIS BELL
                                   RECAST 1890
                        C. E. WYVILL - RECTOR
                    THOMAS PEACOCK)
                    GEORGE FARROW   )            CHURCHWARDENS

3:    FILI DEI MISEREM EI  1664  GL  HI  LL  [two fleurs de lis]

Frame and Fittings

A large frame which almost fills this large tower.  The wheels are unusual both in their large diameter and arrangement of spokes.  There is evidence in the form of notches in the frame ends which suggests even larger wheels may once have been fitted. There is quite a variety of iron-work attaching the bells to their headstocks.  The tenor, pictured below, shows some of the idiosyncrasies of this installation.

There are Ellacombe hammers on all three bells and a clock hammer to the tenor. The rope holes in the vaulted ceiling to the ground floor have been cemented over but not before the ropes were completely removed - there are the remains of two pom-pom ropes dangling from the church ceiling!

Clock

A two train clock by Potts of Leeds - 1908.

Sources

ARA 2006