For this church:
A north-west tower contains a ring of 8 bells plus a service bell.
Four of the bells came from the mother church at Flawford. There were brought to St Mary’s Chapel in Ruddington in 1718 and added to the single bell that was already there. The bells were initially hung in a two-tier frame, the two tenors being on the lower level, swinging east to west.
A large tenor was added in 1763, making a ring of six.
A new two-tier composite cast iron A frame was provided by Taylors in 1897, and the ring was augmented from 6 to 8, with two treble bells being added. The subscribers included the Misses Paget and Philo Laos Mills Esq as acknowledged by the then vicar, Rev Frank Boykett: ‘2 bells [have been] added to complete the octave in commemoration of Her Majesty’s Jubilee.’ Physical details of this ring are as follows:
Of these, the 3rd (now the service bell) is the work of John de Stafford of Leicester c1350. The old 4th, 5th and 7th were the work of George (I) Oldfield, the 6th by the Mellours family, and the tenor by Thomas (I) Hedderly.
In 1935 the whole ring of eight bells was rehung and fitted with roller bearings, again by Taylors.
At the west end of the north aisle is a framed description of the bells compiled in 1958 by Ronald A Bartlem, a bellringer and later an alderman.
After problems with cracking in the tower the entire ring, with the exception of the third which became the service bell, was recast and hung afresh in a cast iron H frame with full modern fittings. The service bell was hung for swing chiming on its own fittings, including a wooden headstock, in the upper frame of the old A frame on wooden top and bottom cills. The original inscription band of the sixth bell was preserved in the village museum.
After recasting the bells were significantly smaller and lighter than before. Details of the current ring are as follows: