Bell Ringing at St Marys'

Tetbury has a long established reputation for bell ringing, and we have a fine and varied group of ringers. Our ringers range in age from teenagers to octogenarians, so age is no barrier to enjoying this ancient custom. Practice night is Friday at 7.30 p.m, and we ring for Sunday service at 9.00 a.m. Visitors and new learners are always welcome. If you would like to know more about the bells, or would like to learn to ring, please contact John Sharp on 01666 503944, or email bells@tetburychurch.co.uk

The tower has an excellent ring of 8 bells dating from 1722. They "go" well and are very popular with visiting ringers.

The treble was cast by John Rudhall in 1803; the remainder are by Abraham Rudhall II, 1722.  All the bells are maiden bells. The table below describes the size/approximate weights and tuning of the bells, and their inscriptions.

Note

Inscription

Size and Weight

Treble
Eb

I. RICH & R WORKMAN. C. W. J803 I. RUDHALL FECT.

27.75 in
4 2 0

Second
D

PROSPERITY TO THE CHVRCH OF ENGLAND
A R 1722

31 in
5 2 0

Third
C

PROSPERITY TO THE CHVRCH OF ENGLAND
A R 1722

32.5 in
6-0-0

Fouth
Bb

PROSPERITY TO THIS TOWN
A R 1722

34 in
7-0-0

Fifth
Ab

PROSPERITY TO THIS TOWN AND PARISH
A R 1722

36.25 in
8-0-0

Sixth
G

GILES BODY GT: & MATHEW WILKINS GT: CH-WARDENS
A R 1722

37.5 in
9-0-0

Seventh
F

BODY GT AND MATHW: WILKINS GT CH-WARDENS
A R 1722

41.5 in
13-3-0

Tenor
Eb

I TO THE CHVRCH THE LIVING CALL
AND TO THE GRAVE DOE SVMMONS ALL
1722

46 in
16-3-0

 

In 1891 the bells were rehung in the present oak frame following the rebuilding of the tower. The bells were again rehung in 1965 by John Taylor and Co. of Loughborough in memory of Sir Winston Churchill at a cost of £1100 raised by public subscription (source: Church Bells of Gloucestershire, Bliss/Sharpe.)

Plaque commemorating the rehanging of the bells in 1965