whixley The Ascension  SE 442584

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History

Large Decorated church except the upper part of the tower which is Perpendicular.

Bells

Six bells hung for full circle ringing.

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 R Dalton 1785 2-1-15 23" E sharp
2 S Smith 1667 2-3-23 25.75" D sharp
3 John Taylor of Loughborough 1953 4-1-44 28.1875" C sharp
4 G Mears 1861 4-1-7 29.75" B sharp
5 G Mears 1861 4-3-16 31.875" A sharp
6 G Mears 1861 5-3-3 34.125" G sharp

Inscriptions

List of

Poppleton

WHIXLEY (Ascension). Six bells.

1.    SOLI DEO GLORIA

(lower)              DALTON FECIT YORK

2.              GLORIA 1N ALTISSIMIS DEO 1667

(lower)              I B MINISTER              TD TT              CHVRCHWARDENS

3.              (Seven impressions of a coin.)

4.              LAUDA DEUM VERUM PIEBEM VOCO CONSECRO VESTA 1861

5.              WILLIAM VALENTINE MA VICAR

JOHN BAILEY HENRY PRICE CHURCHWARDENS

6.    THE GOVERNORS OF TANCRED HOSPITAL GAVE THIS BELL 1861 AT THE VICARS EARNEST REQUEST

(Weight, 6 cwt.)

The above inscriptions on Nos. 4, 5, and 6 are on the waist. On the shoulder of each is-

                    C MEARS & CO FOUNDERS LONDON

 Frame and Fittings

Wooden frame presumably dating from the augmentation to six in 1861.  The fittings are all by Taylors of Loughborough and date from 1953 when the third bell was recast.  They include cast-iron headstocks, ball bearings with plain stays and traditional sliders.

Clock

A two train bed-frame clock situated in the ringing room.  The hours are struck on the tenor bell.

Sources

ARA June 2004