swillington St Mary  SE 304385

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History

Medieval church in the decorated style with perpendicular west tower rebuilt in 1884 and of a different stone from the remainder of the church.

Bells

A peal of eight bells hung for full circle ringing.  These were transferred from St Matthew Holbeck.  The three old bells were rehung above the eight for fixed chiming.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 Gillett & Johnston of Croydon 1930 4-0-4 25.5" G
2 Gillett & Johnston of Croydon 1930 4-0-15 25" F sharp
3 Gillett & Johnston of Croydon 1930 4-1-26 27.5" E
4 Gillett & Johnston of Croydon 1930 5-0-11 29.5" D
5 Gillett & Johnston of Croydon 1930 6-1-2 32" C
6 Gillett & Johnston of Croydon 1930 7-1-11 33.5" B
7 Gillett & Johnston of Croydon 1930 9-0-2 36.5" A
8 Gillett & Johnston of Croydon 1930 12-0-22 40.5" G
c1 Edward II Sellar of York 1732   35.75"  
c2 Ab Smith 1656   39.25"  
c3 Ab Smith 1656   42.375"  

Inscriptions

List of

Frame and Fittings

The peal of eight is hung in two separate cast-iron low-side frames with 1, 3, 5 and 7 above and 2, 4, 6 and 8 below.  They hang from modern fittings by Gillett and Johnston in 1930.  The tenor retains its clapper buffer allowing it to hum longer than the other bells.  The eight hang in the old clock chamber and in the original bell chamber are the three old bells hung dead from a girder.  The tenor (pictured below) sounds the hours but the other two bells are no longer used.

Poppleton

SWILLINGTON (St. Mary). Three bells.

1.              INVOCO DEVM 1732

       RICH PRINCE WIL GREEN CHVRCHWARDENS  {E Seller Ebor}           38 in. dia.

2.    SOLI DEO GLORIA PAX HOMINIBVS  1656 

                                                39 in. dia.

              WHEN I DOE RING GODS PRAYSES SING

                WHEN I DOE TOVL, PRAY

               (lower)   HEART AND SOVL 1656

       W L  I I  T W  CHVRCHWARDENS  H R  MINISTER  AS  FECIT   42 in. dia.

Sources

ARA 2005