Bell Ringers

At Bentley Common, St Paul’s, Essex.

The original ring of 5 bells was cast and hung in a wooden frame (oak) in 1880 by Mears and Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. A new treble, also cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, was added in 1965 and hung in a metal frame above the other 5 bells. It was dedicated by the Venerable W.N.Welch M.A. the archdeacon of Southend on Sunday 17th October 1965.

There is a left handed spiral, stone staircase to reach the bells, approx. 20 steps to the ringing chamber where there are a number of peal boards dating back to 8/6/1946.

The 6 bells are in C#.

Treble Bell . 

2cwt  1qtr 13lbs in A#. Inscribed MEARS 1965 LONDON. It measures 21inches in diameter.

Second Bell.

 2cwt 2qtrs 15lbs in G#. Inscribed MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON,1879. 23 inches in diameter.

Third Bell.

3cwt  0qtrs 9lbs in F#. Inscribed MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS,LONDON,1879. 24 inches in diameter.

 

Fourth Bell.

3cwt 1qtr 24lbs in E#. Inscribed MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON, 1979. 24 inches in diameter.

Fifth Bell

4cwt  0qtrs 3lbs in D#. Inscribed MEARS & STAINBANK,FOUNDERS,LONDON,1879. 27 inches in diameter.

Tenor  Bell.

4cwt-1qtr-17lbs in C#. Inscription MEARS & STAINBANK,FOUNDERS, LONDON, 1879.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD

AND FOR THE JOY OF HIS PEOPLE

ME-THE REVEREND CHARLES ALMERIC BELLI

CAUSED TO BE MADE DEC 19TH A.D.1879.

29 inches in diameter.

 

Practice night Tuesdays 7:30pm-9pm.

Tower Captain - Ron Brown.

Deputy and Treasurer - John Cousins.

Secretary and correspondent - Rowena Marshall. (01277 222814)