The Bell Tower
 
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The Bell Tower
A church bell is a bell which is rung in a church either to tell the hour or the time for worshippers to go to church, perhaps to attend a wedding, funeral, or other service.

The practice and hobby of bell-ringing is known as campanology. The origin of the word campanology is from the Latin word campana meaning bell.

The bells, made in 1893, are fixed so are not rung by swinging them on their axles. They are chimed manually (by hand) by one ringer pulling sideways on ropes which hang vertically side by side. The ropes operate clappers which strike the bells. A further two bells were added in 1902 at a cost of £100, thus completing a peal of six. It was planned that they were not to be heard until the eve of the Coronation of King Edward VII "unless the South African War should end before that date". Four of the bells are also connected electrically to the clock, and automatically chime the hours and the quarters. The windows in the tower do not have glass but openings or louvres in the stonework so that the sound of the bells can travel.

The ropes operate clappers
which strike the bells

Operating bells
The bell ropes
The Bell Ropes

The bells
The bells are inscribed as follows:
1. CORONATION OF KING EDWARD VII JUNE 26th 1902 FEAR GOD HONOUR THE KING (1 Peter 2 v17)
2. JUNE 26th 1902 HONOUR ALL MEN, LOVE THE BROTHERHOOD (1 Peter 2 v17)
3. GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST (Luke 2 v14)
4. ON EARTH PEACE (Luke 2 v14)
5. GOODWILL TO ALL MEN (Luke 2 v14)
6. ENTER INTO HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING AND INTO HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE (Psalms 100 v4)

The clock is a simple pendulum wall clock which was dedicated at a special service on December 20th, 1893 and set in motion by a former vicar, Revd the Hon H Bligh.

It is driven by three falling weights pulling wires over pulleys and therefore unwinding the three spindles, provided with ratchets, which run down in just over three days.
The clock mechanism

Further Information

More detailed information can be found in the main site on the page Inside the church.



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