Wensley Holy Trinity SE 895093
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A large medieval church with work from the 13th to 15th centuries. The large west tower was rebuilt in 1719 and a further restoration of the church took place around 1820. In 2006 the church was vested in the Churches Conservation Trust
Three bells hung for full circle ringing though not rung for many years. Originally three bells of 1725 and thus virtually coeval with the tower. They are fitted with an Ellacombe chiming apparatus and the clock strikes the hours on the tenor.
|1||C & G Mears||1847||9cwt||35.125"||B|
|2||Samuel II Smith||1725||10cwt||39.25"||A|
|3||Samuel II Smith||1725||13cwt||43"||G|
1. IB: C & G MEARS FOUNDERS LONDON
THIS BELL RECAST BY C & G MEARS LONDON MAY 1847
RALPH STAPYLTON DOBSON CHURCHWARDENS
2. IB: VT TVBA SIC SONITV DOMINI CONDVCO COHORTES 1725
3. IB: SVRSUM CORDA I : CLAYTON RECTOR 1725
Frame and Fittings
A substantially complete installation dating from 1725. The bells hang in a substantial wooden frame with double curved braces. They have wooden headstocks with very well crafted ironwork, latchet stays and large wooden wheels. Unusually the garter holes are at "1.30" and bobbins are fitted at "10 o'clock" to give a correct handstroke. At some stage the tenor (pictured above) has been cut up into its headstock and a block added above to compensate. The quality of the workmanship is still evident some 300 years on.
ARA 2006 & 2007