Norwell St Laurence

Bells

Bells in the belfry

A western tower contains a ring of six bells.

An inventory of 1552 states: ‘Norwell with Carrelton: III belles, a sacrying belle, a hand belle.’ The fate of these bells is unknown.

Three bells were recorded in 1740.

An earlier wooden frame, containing three bells, was found to be seriously affected by dry rot and replaced with a steel low-sided frame for six bells by Taylors in 1932 with cast-iron headstocks and ball bearings. The three bells were augmented to 4 in 1933 and 6 in 1977.

The details of the bells are as follows:

  Founder Inscription Size >Weight
1 Taylor Loughborough
Cast 1977
NORWELL 1977
SILVER JUBILEE OF THE REIGN OF
HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II
1977
25" 3.0.20
2 Taylor Loughborough
Cast 1977
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
1977
27.5" 4.0.22
3 Taylor Loughborough
Cast 1933

‘I RING TRU’

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HARPHAM CW 1911-25
THE GIFT OF HIS WIDOW EMILY ANN
1933

30" 5.0.19
4 Taylor Loughborough
Recast 1932
THOMAS STWRTEVANT   CW 1730
BASIL S AINLEY   VICAR
LEWIS M HILL
ROBERT MARSTON
  WARDENS
1932
31.25" 5.3.19
5 Henry II Oldfield
Nottingham
Cast 1591
H+O+FEARE GOD 1591 34.5" 6.3.20
6 in G Taylor and Son
S Neots and Oxford
SAM CURTIS & LESAM C WARDENS
AUG 18th 1821
TAYLOR AND SON FOUNDERS
S NEOTS & OXFORD
39.25" 9.2.5

Notes:

Bell 4:
  Recast of a bell by Daniel Hedderly of 1703; Norwell on Hedderley sales list in 1787. The old bell weighed 5cwt 3qt 0lbs and measured 32". Bells rehung at that time by James I Harrison of Barton on Humber
Bell 6:
 

Original receipt:

June 9th 1822 Recd of Mr Wm Wright Twenty one pounds for recasting the Tennor Bell at Norwell
Per Robt. Taylor and Son
Weight 10cwt 0qt 2lbs