west tanfield St Nicholas  SE 268767

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History

Largely perpendicular and heavily restored in 1860.

Bells

Six bells hung for full circle ringing.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 J Warner 1873 4-0-21 28" E
2 J Warner 1873 4-2-20 29.5" D
3 J Warner 1873 5-1-4 31.5" C
4 S Smith I 1685 6-1-3 32.25" B
5 S Smith II 1724 7-2-16 35.5" A
6 J Warner 1873 10-3-12 39.75" G

Inscriptions

1:    IB:    CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1873.

2:    IB:    CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1873.

3:    IB:    CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1873.

4:    IB:    GLORIA IN ALTISSIMIS DEO 1685 ( in band of ornament)
    Below:    WB CHVRCHWARDEN    SS EBOR (in band of ornament)

5:    IB:    beatvs povlvs qvi exavdivm clangorem 1724 (plus ornament)
    Below:        SS EBOR

6:    IB:    anti iacetis hvmo sonitv respiscite noesto 1695
    Lower:    RECAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON 1873.

Frame and Fittings

Wooden frame dating from 1873 by Mallaby of Masham.  All fittings date from 1980 when the bells were retuned and rehung by Whitechapel.  Cast iron headstocks, except that of the fourth which is a welded steel canon retainer (pictured below), ball bearings, SG clappers with twiddle pins, traditional stays and sliders and Ellacombe hammers.  The tenor has an external clock hammer.

Clock

A two train clock by Gillett and Bland of Croydon dating from 1873.  It strikes the hours on the tenor.

Sources

ARA visited August 2003