Aisthorpe bells are ringing at Boothby Pagnell

by John R Ketteringham

 


At the time St Peter's church Aisthorpe was first being considered for redundancy in 2005 I was a member of the Redundant Churches Uses Committee for the Diocese of Lincoln and Bells Adviser to the Diocesan Furnishings Officer.  A representative of the Church Commissioners was present at a Committee Meeting and I took the opportunity to ask, as these bells were never going to be rung again for service if they could be taken into store and a new home found for them.  This was agreed and I then had the task of finding a tower for them if at all possible within the Diocese.  At first this seemed unlikely but then John Greenhough told me that the Friends of St Andrew’s Church Boothby Pagnell were looking for a project and as Aisthorpe bells were a perfect fit for the existing frame they quickly agreed to support the transfer of the five bells. The existing three bells at Boothby Pagnell were rehung in 1897 by Mears & Stainbank in a new oak frame for five bells. 

 

St Peter’s Church. Aisthorpe

 

 

The bells on their way to store - a selection of photographs to record the event

 

Taylors, Eayre and Smith have tuned the five bells from Aisthorpe and provided them with new canon retaining fittings for full circle ringing from the first floor gallery.

Details of these bells after retuning are as follows :

No Diameter (in) Weight Note Inscription

1

29.¾

5 cwt 3 qrs 26 lbs

E

J. TAYLOR & CO. BELLFOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH GOD SAVE HIS CHURCH 1867

2

31

5 cwt 3 qrs 20 lbs

D sharp

J. TAYLOR & CO. BELLFOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH GOD SAVE HIS CHURCH 1867

3

32.5/8

6 cwt 3 qrs 8 lbs

C sharp

J. TAYLOR & CO. BELLFOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH GOD SAVE HIS CHURCH 1867

4

34.½

7 cwt 2 qrs 6 lbs

B

J. TAYLOR & CO. BELLFOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH GOD SAVE HIS CHURCH 1867

5

39.5/8

9 cwt 2 qrs 0 lbs

A

J. TAYLOR & CO. BELLFOUNDERS LOUGHBOROUGH GOD SAVE HIS CHURCH 1867
 

The smallest of the existing bells at Boothby Pagnell is being retained for use as a Service bell and fitted with an electro magnetic hammer and tolling unit. The other two bells are on display in the ringing chamber.

St Andrew’s Church, Boothby Pagnell

 

The bells in their new home

Details of these three bells are as follows : 

1   [123] SANCTI ANDREE  [119]  [Trans : Saint Andrew]  [Founder ‘R C’ Nottingham mid-fifteenth century]                   Dia. 27¼" weight 3 cwt 2 qrs 6 lbs Note D 

 

2   [+ 2] OMNIA  [5] FIANT [5] AD [5] GLORIAM [5] DEI [5] 1606 [5] [Trans :  Let all be done to the Glory of God] [Founder: Toby Norris I]    Dia 28¾”  Note C

3   [111] IHESVS BE OVR SPEDE  1594 / [114] [113] [Founder : Henry Oldfield II Nottingham]                                       Dia. 317/8" Note B

 

Each letter ‘N’ in the inscription on the second bell is reversed.  

These three bells had been silent for 30 years until ringers from Grantham rang them in 1987 and over the next ten years a total of 10 quarter peals were rung on them. The warm welcome that the Grantham ringers received and the knowledge that Boothby Pagnell parishioners were enthusiastic and successful fund-raisers encouraged the suggestion that the rehanging of Aisthorpe bells at Boothby would be a good idea. After the bells were taken into store and knowing that eventually they would be installed at Boothby John Greenhough in 2005 started teaching ringers ready to ring the bells in their new home. Unfortunately, John left the area before the bells were hung at Boothby but some of those he taught are now practicing in order to be sufficiently experienced to ring at the dedication of the bells.

Quarter Peal

 

L-R: Betty F Stracey, Sylvia M Taylor, Michael E Stracey, John R Ketteringham, John F Underwood

Boothby Pagnell, Lincolnshire

St Andrew

Monday, 26 January 2009 (9-2-0)

1260 10 Doubles Methods: Stedman, Reverse Canterbury, St Nicholas, Winchendon Place, St Remigius, Plain Bob, St Simons, St Martins, St Osmund and Grandsire

1  John Ketteringham
2  Sylvia Taylor
3  Betty Stracey
4  John Underwood
5  Michael Stracey (C)


Remembering those who rang these bells at Aisthorpe, especially G Leslie A Lunn, for 50 years Secretary of the West Lindsey Branch of the Lincoln Guild. John Underwood is the first person to ring quarters on these bells in both locations.

 

See also the report on the Dedication here

 

Revised: 01/06/2009 (acah)