Lost Rings

Wotton-under-Edge Branch

Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association

St Michael & All Angels, Great Badminton - click for a larger versionSt Michael & All Angels, Great Badminton



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The tenor of this ring originally hung in the Medieval church that stood on the same site as the present building. This church had become ruinous and demolition began in March 1783. The nave and tower of the new church were begun in April 1785 and completed in September of that year, the tower being built on the site of the previous chancel. The two trebles were probably added to celebrate to the building of the new church. They were all recast into the present ring of three by Gillett & Johnston in 1914.

The bells of St Michael & All Angels, Great Badminton
BellWeightDiameterNoteFounder Date
15-3-14    Charles & John Rudhall 1784
26-1-14    Charles & John Rudhall 1784
37-1-27    Evan Evans I 1690

Source: Bell data from a document in Great Badminton Ringing Room.

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.