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Wotton-under-Edge Branch

Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association

St Cyr, Stinchcombe - click for a larger versionSt Cyr, Stinchcombe

Gloucestershire

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There is a local tradition that this bell was originally the tenor to a ring of six at St George, Cam, and that it was transferred here when Cam's bells were recast into a ring of five by Abraham Rudhall I in 1710. However, the 1710 tenor at Cam is identical to this one, so if the story were true then Abraham Rudhall I would have found himself casting a new tenor to replace a perfectly good identical bell that he himself had cast only eighteen years earlier.

The bell became the tenor to a new ring of six here in 1882 when Revd Cooper gave five bells in memory of his mother, the new bells being cast by John Warner & Sons. However, in 1967 it was found to be cracked and after much discussion was recast in 1971 into a new treble, to form the lighter present ring.

The bells of St Cyr, Stinchcombe
BellWeightDiameterNoteFounder Date
113½ cwt 43¾ inF Abrham Rudhall I 1692

Source: Bell data from "The Church Bells of Gloucestershire" (Revd Henry Thomas Ellacombe, 1881); weight from a document in Stinchcombe Ringing Room prepared by Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 1971. Information from "Church Bells of Gloucestershire" (Mary Bliss & Frederick Sharpe, 1986) and "Dursley and its Neighbourhood" (Revd John Henry Blunt, 1877).


Where a bell's exact weight is known, it is given in the traditional way using the British imperial units of Hundredweight, Quarters and Pounds (cwt-qtr-lb) in which there are 28 pounds in a quarter, four quarters in a hundredweight, and 20 hundredweight in a ton (one hundredweight is equal to approximately 50.8 kilograms). However, if only an approximate or calculated weight is known, it is given to the nearest quarter of a hundredweight.

A bell's diameter is measured across its mouth (open end) at the widest point and is given in inches (to the nearest quarter of an inch), one inch being equal to approximately 2.54 centimetres.