Wyther The Venerable Bede  SE 255343

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History

Brick built church with large square west tower dating from 1938 by Gribbon & Foggitt.  The tower is some 20 feet square internally though the walls are not particularly thick.  Whilst a ringing peal may not have been envisaged the tower would easily accommodate a chime of bells but no bell traps were created in the concrete floors and therefore the only means of getting bells into the bell chamber is via the access traps for the ladder!

Bell

Bell Founder Date Cwt-Qtr-Lb Diameter Note
1 Singleton and Tennant of Leeds 1856 1.5cwt 19.875" A

Inscription

        SINGLETON & TENNANT   1856

A single bell hung for swing chiming from a pair of back to back channels across the NE corner of the tower. Curved iron headstock with plain bearings, chiming lever and rather undersized clapper.  Of the six cannons one is broken.  

Singleton and Tennant were "Iron Merchants, wholesale & retail ironmongers, whitesmiths, bellhangers, tin & iron plate workers of 38 Briggate, Leeds."  There are three bells in existence known to have been cast (or supplied?) by them and this bell increases the list to four!

Singleton and Tennant supplied "the ironwork, bell, and heating apparatus" for St Stephens Burmantofts which was consecrated in 1854. However, by 1875 two bells are recorded.  The church was closed and finally demolished in 1939.  The final digit of the date on the Wyther bell is unclear but I don't believe it is a four.  The proximity of the date of demolition of St Stephens Burmantofts and the opening of The Venerable Bede Wyther lead me to believe that this bell was formerly at Burmantofts. 

Sources

ARA & ARC September 2011

George Dawson - Additions to Church Bells of Sheffield

RVT