Thornton Watlass  St Mary SE 232853

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History

Church rebuilt in 1868 by G Fowler Jones (?).  Tower medieval, from the Decorated period, with unusual triple light bell openings.

Bells

Three bells hung for full-circle ringing though not now ringable - the tower has a number of significant cracks!

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 Samuel I Smith 1694   27.5" D
2 Samuel II Smith 1712   30.875" C#
3 Thomas Mears II 1825   34.5" A#

Inscriptions

1:    GLORIA IN ALTISSIMIS DEO   1694 [ornament]

2:    soli deo gloria pax hominibus 1712   IC CHVRCHWARDEN [ornament]  SS Ebor 

3:    T. MEARS OF LONDON FECIT 1825. [ornament]
        REVD GEORGE F. CLARKE RECTOR
        JOHN LAMBERT CHURCH WARDEN.

Frame and Fittings

Wooden frame with kingposts and long heads.  Wooden headstocks, traditional stays and sliders. The wheels have unusual spoke designs.  Drive in gudgeons and plain bearings.  Ellacombe hammers on all three and a clock hammer on the tenor.  Unusually the second headstock has "WPFF 1765" and its wheel "WW 1834" carved in.

Clock

A two train clock by Potts of Leeds, 1896, now electrified.

Sources

ARA 2006