Well St Michael  SE 268820

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History

Medieval church with work from the late Norman period through to Perpendicular.  The upper stages of the tall west tower belongs to this latter period.

Bells

Three bells hung for full circle ringing. Judging by its date and inscription the treble is a recasting of a Thomas Wood of Thirsk bell.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 John Taylor of Loughborough 1893 7-3-15 35" A
2 Thomas I Wood of Thirsk 1656 9-1-0 37.5" G
3 W Oldfield 1617 13-3-7 43.375" F

Inscriptions

1: [IB]        IESVS BEE OVR SPEED 1656

    [W]                    RECAST BY
                       JOHN TAYLOR & Co:
                         LOUGHBOROUGH
                                A.D. 1893.

2: [IB]        GOD SAVE HIS CHVRCH 1656

3: [IB]        +  IESVS BE OVR SPEED  1617

Frame and Fittings

A wooden frame for three bells being typical of the work of Mallaby of Masham.  The frame has been strengthened with corner brackets and tiebolts by Taylors of Loughborough who also rehung the bells on new fittings.  The bells are hung from cast iron headstocks - tall arched type to accommodate the canons - with ball bearings and traditional stays and sliders.

Clock

A two-train clock driving dials on the east and west faces of the tower and striking the hours on the tenor.

Sources

ARA July 2010