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The bell chamber contains the Bells of Wellow and are a fine toned, heavy peal of six comprising the following:
The Bell Chamber - Tenor, No.2 & No.5
||1809||C||"James Rossiter and Robert Smith: Churchwardens: James Wells Albourne fecit 1809."||8 cwt|
|No 2||1752||Bb||"Mr. Geiles Long and Mr. Geiles Balm: Churchwardens: Thomas Bilbie fecit 1753."||9 cwt|
|No 3||1835||Ab||"George Gifford and John Parker: Churchwardens: Thomas Mears of London, Founder 1835."||11 cwt|
|No 4||1725||G||"John Gibbs of Home House and Nich: Slad: Churchwardens: A.R, 1725."||13 cwt|
|No 5||1809||F||"James Rossiter and Robert Smith: Churchwardens: James Wells, Albourne Wilts fecit 1800 1809."||18 cwt|
|No 6||1838||Eb||"G. Gifford and E. Gibbs: Churchwardens: Thomas Mears Founder London recast ad 1838."||21 cwt|
The bells were out of commission for over thirty years owing to Death-Watch Beetle ravages in the oak frame as noted in "From Old England" by L.W.Fussell, Michaelmas 1946. However, between 1946 and 1949 the old frame was removed and a new frame with iron cross members installed with bells being rung again in 1949 by a newly formed band of ringers under the Tower Master Mr. David Rowe.
As part of extensive repairs to the general fabric and roof of St. Julian's, in 1952, the Tower roof was removed and a new louvered, reinforced concrete sounding chamber was added. This improved immensely the quality of sound emanating from the bells and still provides for the joyous sound that wafts over Wellow to this day.
During the year 2000 the bells and bell chamber have been extensively renovated by Gordon Hewlett (past Tower Master) and Geoff Pike who are both current members of the ringing band. Also repaired and renovated during 2000, by these same members, is the Chiming Frame. This is now in full working order and was rung for the first time in early December 2000 together with a rendition of "Happy Birthday" on Christmas morning prior to general ringing for the morning service.
|The Chiming Mechanism
in the Ringing Chamber
|The Clock Mechanism
in the Ringing Chamber
Following the formation of the band of ringers in mid 1999 it was felt we should convene an Annual General Meeting to review our progress so far.
The Minutes of Meetings may be viewed below:
|28th March 2004|
|10th January 2003|
|18th January 2002|
|17th January 2001|
|14th January 2000|
|Bell ringers party 2000 - In the begining||Bell ringers party 2000 - Hand bells|
|Bell ringers party 2000 - Later||Bell ringers party 2000 - much later!!|
To contact the Wellow Ringers e-mail Richard or Jill