For this church:
Basford St Leodegarius
In 1552 there were ‘in the stepull three Bellys’,one of which now stands in the north aisle. It bears the words SANCTA MARIA and, according to K.Train, the mark of Richard Mellors, bellfounder, who died in 1507. However G. Dawson says it is impossible to date accurately but probably was cast 1520-1550. He gives its dimensions as 33.5ins. and 6.5cwt. The old treble was made by Henry Oldfield, another Nottingham founder, in the early 17th century, and inscribed IHS BE MY SPED (32.5ins., 5.3.21). The old tenor was a later example of his work (1606), and bore the legend ‘I sweetly toling men do call to taste on meats that feeds the soole’. (37ins., 8.0.20). The last two were melted down in 1921. These three were in the tower until 1920 although there were frames for six. Taylors reported enquiries for two trebles and a tenor in 1885 but nothing came of the idea.
In 1919 the vicar Tom Lawson proposed a monument to commemorate those lost in the Great War, but a sidesman named Samuel Padley suggested five new bells to add to the three they had, to make a new peal of eight. After a long and acrimonious dispute Mr Padley won. At one stage the vicar remarked that he was ‘sick and tired of Mr Padley and his Bells, and he had certain powers and he would use them.’ It didn’t do him any good as Padley stuck to his guns and won on democratic votes.
£1200 was paid in advance in July 1920 to John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough for a new ring of eight bells. Allowing £98 for the two old bells the remaining £159 was paid on completion in September 1921. All bells bear the mark of Taylors, Bellfounders, Loughborough.
The photograph on the left shows the ring of 8 bells in June 1921. The accompanying caption from the Nottinghamshire Guardian reads: 'the peal serves as a memorial to the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, and the cost, about £1,500, has almost wholly been raised in the parish. The vicar, the Rev. T. B. Lawson, is seen in the photograph with Messrs. G. F. Godson (churchwarden), G. Hooton, and J. Sanderson (churchwarden).'
The eight bells, all with flower decoration and inscriptions, are:
The bells were hung in a cast iron low-sided frame, with metal headstocks, ball bearings etc.
A plaque in the Lady Chapel reads: