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The Bells

The belfry has six bells at two levels. The famous foundry at Chew Stoke made two of our bells in 1699 and 1713. Bilbie Foundry was formed in 1690 and have been producing bells since. Our oldest bell is from 1610 and the most recent from 1885. They are hanging on the original oak beams. The casting of the bells was often done close to the church to save on the difficulty with transporting them.

The Sanctus Bell stands in a stone cote outside the church above the Chancel Arch. It has recently been repaired and can be rung again from a rope within the chancel. In many communities this was the only bell that was required by law. It was often used as a community clock to inform villagers of the time.

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