St Michael’s Bishop’s Cleeve – The Bells

St Michael’s has an excellent peal of eight bells. The oldest six bells were all cast at the famous bell foundry of Rudhall in Gloucester, between 1700 and 1758. Two more from Taylors of Loughborough were added in 1951 when major improvements were made, including moving the main ringing floor up from the chancel to the loft above the tower crossing. At that time the bells were also rehung on a new strong metal frame: this frame is now painted in a brilliant red, the colour traditionally associated with Taylors’ work.

A ninth ‘Service’ Bell can still be rung from the chancel itself.

For full details of the bells, scroll down further.

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Full details of the bells

Weights, notes and dates of the bells are shown in the table below:

Bell Weight Nominal Note Diameter Cast Founder Canons Inscription
1 5-0-27 1280.0 Eb 28.38″ 1951 John Taylor & Co F
2 5-3-1 1206.0 D 29.50″ 1951 John Taylor & Co F
3 6-1-8 1073.0 C 32.13″ c1700 Abraham I Rudhall Y Peter Cocks, Gent & Thos Beal Gent Churchwardens
4 7-3-16 956.0 Bb 35.25″ 1758 Abel Rudhall Y Peace and good neighbourhood
5 8-2-11 853.0 Ab 36.88″ 1740 Abel Rudhall Y Thos Paine, James Cocks, Thos Barnard, John Taylor, Churchwardens 1740
6 9-3-13 803.5 G 38.63″ 1854 William Taylor Y William Taylor, Churchwarden, William Taylor, Bellfounder
7 13-2-7 717.0 F 43.50″ 1700 Abraham I Rudhall R Prosperity to this Parish 1700 AR
8 19-2-21 638.0 Eb 47.50″ 1933 John Taylor & Co F The living I to Church do call And to the Grave do summon all
Service 0-2-10 13.88″ 1695 Abraham I Rudhall Y Abra Rudhall

Further details of the bells are available at the Dove’s Guide entry for Bishop’s Cleeve web pages.