Our Other 4 Bells

The Second Bell and Treble Bell

The treble and second bells were cast in 1702 by Henry Pleasant of Sudbury. According to the National Bell Register, 62 of his bells survive to this day with 52 of them being hung for change ringing, 38 are in Suffolk.

It is thought that one of the original four bells – an enormous tenor bell measuring 101.6 cm (40 ins ) diameter – was recast into these two bells.  

Both are inscribed with the names of the two church wardens, John Osborne and Simon Hunt.

Treble Bell: Weight 4.25 cwt
Diameter: 26.94 inches (68.42cm) Dated: 1702

Inscribed: John Osborne Gent  Simon Hunt  Churchwardens 1702 HP

Treble Bell: Weight 4.75 cwt
Diameter: 28.50 inches (72.39 cm) Dated: 1702

Inscribed: John Osborne Gent  Simon Hunt  Churchwardens 1702 HP 

The Third Bell

third-bell

Our Third bell was cast by Thomas Gardiner, another Sudbury bell founder with works also in Norwich. This bell could have been a recasting of one of the original medieval bells.  Thomas Gardiner was a very successful founder and clock maker and around 150 of his bells are hung for change ringing today.

Third Bell: Weight 4.25 cwt
Diameter: 28.25 inches (71.75cm)
Dated 1740

Inscribed: THO. GARDINER NORWICH FECIT (trans.madeit) 1740

The Tenor Bell

Tenor bell lowered to the floor with the set of clappers alongside

This is our largest bell and the most modern having been cast in 1808 by William Dobson.  It weighs 9 cwt.  William Dobson worked at Downham Market in Norfolk having inherited the bell foundry from his grandfather, Thomas Osborn.  Today 226 of bells hung for change ringing were cast by William Dobson.  However, our tenor bell is not of the best quality in sound and will need to be reassessed in the Foundry.

Tenor Bell: Weight 9 cwt
Diameter: 36.00 inches (91.44cm)
Dated: 1808

Inscribed:  William Grimwood and Jeremiah Hayward Churchwardens 1808

1: National Bell Register https://georgedawson.homestead.com/nbr.html
With thanks to Neal Dodge of the Suffolk Guild of Ringers for the above information

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