For this church:
The inscriptions on the bells are as follows:
The 1552 Inventories of Church Goods taken by commissioners during Edward VI’s reign recorded three bells in the steeple, one hand bell, and a small sacring bell.
In 1637 four bells were hung in the tower. The Rev R F Wilkinson, in ‘The Church Bells of Nottinghamshire’ in Transactions of the Thoroton Society, wrote that the letters and dates on the four oldest bells indicated that they were recast from an older peal in Oldfield’s Foundry; George Dawson has confirmed that they are the work of George Oldfield I and represent the largest number surviving in any tower by him.
The sanctus bell, although blank, stylistically appears to date from the 16th century.
In a survey of churches in England and Wales made by Browne Willis in 1740, East Markham is recorded as having five bells.
The bells were rehung in 1893 by Taylors of Loughborough on new oak beams gifted by the Duke of Newcastle and two new bells were added in 1895.
In 1925 the two newest bells were given to the church by T W Hopps of Leamington in memory of his aunt and uncle.
The belfry was completely refurbished in 1981. A miniature replica of the bells was raffled to help towards the cost. The winners of the raffle presented the replica to the church and it can now be seen in the chancel.