History of the Bells at Wyke
There have been bells in All Saints church dating back to its consecration in 1455 , when the four bells that hung within the tower were blessed by Bishop Beauchamp. In 1522 the bells were confiscated by the crown. In 1614 the first bell was replaced, by a treble made by Warre of Salisbury, this was added to by a 3rd in 1617 and a 2nd in 1723. In 1802 the great bell (3rd) was taken down to be cast into a smaller one as it was in need of repair and it was decided that the repair would be too expensive. In 1891 the bells were recast into the present ring of eight bells by John Taylor of Loughborough. The bells were completely renovated and rehung in 1946.
There is an enthusiastic band of ringers who practise weekly on Tuesday evenings and ring the church’s eight bells before the main Sunday service. The treble (the lightest bell) weighs 4½ hundredweight; the tenor (the heaviest) over 16 hundredweight (0.8 tonne).
The Bells of All Saints Church
|Treble||26½"||4½ cwt||F||John G. and Emma Rowe Thanksgiving (1891)|
|2||27¾"||4¾ cwt||E||In loving memory of Mabel Vincent of Faircross (1891)|
|3||29⅜"||5½ cwt||D||Peace be within thy walls (1891)|
|4||31¾"||6¼ cwt||C||Bless ye the Lord, praise him, and magnify him for ever (1891)|
|5||34⅝"||7½ cwt||B♭||Give thanks to God (1891)|
|6||36½"||9 cwt||A||The women of Wyke gave me (1891)|
|7||40⅜"||11¾ cwt||G||Given by the Revd Fredrick Tufnell MA. In memory of his wife, Margaret Tufnell who died 1888. Oye spirits and souls of the righteous bless ye the Lord, Praise him and magnify him for ever (1891)|
|Tenor||45½"||163⁄18 cwt||F||Lord, may this bell for ever be a tuneful voice o'er land and sea, to call thy people unto thee. (1891)|