A new bell for St Mary Redcliffe Church

25 02 2013

A new bell is due to be lifted into place today at St Mary Redcliffe Church, replacing an older model which for more than a century has toiled in the wrong timbre. The bell was on display over the weekend at the back of the church near the font. As tradition dictates, it was decorated with flowers and blessed during yesterday’s sung Eucharist service.

The year 2012 is engraved on the front of the bell, with the words ‘In Commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’ around the top.

Also on the front is the crest of the John Taylor bell foundry in Loughborough, where the bell was made.

£30,000 was raised by parishioners at St Mary Redcliffe to replace the church’s poorly cast eighth bell, which had been the weakest of 12 since it was cast in 1903.

Ringing master Anthony Bulteel told the BBC: “The eighth bell was simply re-hung but, since then, ringers and non-ringers have commented on its poor sound.

“It is noticeable as the fourth note when the church clock chimes. It can be heard every quarter of an hour as a clunk.”

There is another bell in Redcliffe that also needs some love shown to it: The Bell pub on Prewett Street only a few hundred yards from the church.

Built in 1752 – the same year that Redcliffe’s boy poet Thomas Chatterton was born – The Bell has been empty for several years and currently sits in a very sorry state.

St Mary Redcliffe Church's new bell


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