Ashover Church Bells

From The Reliquary, Quarterly Archaeological Journal and Review, Volume XV, 1874-75

 

THE CHURCH BELLS OF DERBYSHIRE, DESCRIBED AND ILLUSTRATED.

BY LLEWELLYNN JEWITT, F.S.A., ETC., ETC., ETC.

ASHOVER.

In this church, which is dedicated to St. John, there are five bells and a " ting-tang,' or Sanctus bell. For the inscriptions I am indebted to the Rev. Joseph Nodder, M.A., the respected Rector of the parish.

1st bell- REVD LAURANCE SHORT, RECTOR, WILLIAM EATON & GEORGE BAMFORD CHURCHWARDENS THE OLD BELL RUNG THE DOWN-FAL OF  BONAPARTE &   BROKE APR  1814 J & E SMITH CHESTERFIELD.

In four lines round the haunch in Roman capital letters.

2nd bell-I sweetly toling men do call
to taste on meats that feeds the soule 1625.

In one line round the haunch in Old English letters. The initial I same as at Repton, &c, fig. 67. On the crown are the initials G H in Roman capital letters.

3rd bell- my roaring sounde doth warning give
that man cannot heare always live 1625.

In one line round the haunch in Old English letters. On the crown are the initials I. T. in Roman capital letters.

4th bell - ABRAHAM REDFIN C W 1751 (border fig. 10) THOS HEDDERLY Founder (border fig. 10). In one line round the haunch. " Abraham Redfin C W" in Roman capital letters; " Thos Hedderly" in Italics; and "Founder" in ordinary Roman letters. Around the founder's name is scroll work (fig. 150). Beneath this inscription is an encircling border, fig. 10. On the crown is an encircling border, fig. 17 ; and on the sound bow is also an encircling border, fig. 17.

5th bell - All men that heare my mournful sounde repent before you lye in grounde 1650.

In one line round the haunch in Old English letters. On the crown are the initials I. B and the inscription R. B. G. C. WARDENS  in Roman capital letters. The D and N turned backward way.

The "Ting-Tang," or Sanctus bell, is of the same class with, and probably from the same foundry as, the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th bells   Round the haunch is an encircling three cord cable, or guilloche pattern border, fig. 38.   It hangs in the south window of the tower.