Local Tower Information

Bristol Rural Branch

Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association

All Saints, Compton Greenfield - click for a larger versionAll Saints, Compton Greenfield



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The large bell is hung for full-circle ringing with an elm headstock on plain bearings in an 18th Century oak one-bell frame. It has been quarter-turned and its had canons removed, both tasks probably being undertaken at the same time. This work may have followed a period when the bell was unringable as there is evidence that it has been clapper-chimed in the past. Although now ringable, it is currently only chimed.

Also in the belfry is a small bell hung for swing-chiming with a counter-weighted iron chiming lever. It is hung on plain bearings between two parallel beams attached to one side of the main frame. Nothing is known about when it was cast or by whom as it bears no inscription. Both bells are used regularly, and are rung from the ground floor of the tower.

The bells of All Saints, Compton Greenfield
BellWeightDiameterNoteFounder Date
18¼ cwt 35½ inBb William Evans 1736

Additional Bells

Additional bells at All Saints, Compton Greenfield
BellWeightDiameterNoteFounder Date
Chiming¼ cwt 10 inC    

Source: Inspected personally 20th September 2006.

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.