From rock to rock reverberated swells –
Hark ! – the glad musick of the village bells..…*
|Tenor||F||14-0-0||‘I unto those that liveth well do toll their welcome passing bell’. G. Hedderley fecit 1791. Recast A.D. 1904. Marian Wildgoose.|
|7th||G||10-1-6||‘Praise our God all ye his servants’. The gift of Margaret Harrison of Dean Hill. A.D. 1904.|
|6th||A||8-2-4||‘Jesus be our speed’ 1626. Recast A.D. 1904. In memoriam, Ann Hopkinson.|
|5th||B Flat||7-3-1||John Woolley, Jno Wood, C.W. Lester and Pack fecit 1767. Recast 1904. J.W. Kewley, Rector. J. Sladen, W.N. Statham, Churchwardens.|
|4th||C||6-3-22||Rev. Geo. Holcombe Rector, R. Mason, W. Godward C.W. G.H. 1791. Recast A.D. 1904.|
|3rd||D||5-3-27||‘Remunerabit calum benefactoribus meis’ F. Walker, R.B.: S.T.: C.W., D.H., fecit 1718. Recast A.D. 1904|
|2nd||E||5-0-24||‘Ad Dei gloriam gratias pro Rectore referentes’ D.D.H. et C. Staples 1904.|
|Treble F||F||4-2-22||‘Praise the Lord O my soul and forget not all his Benefits’ In memory of Robert Wildgoose J.P. A.D. 1904.|
|These bells were cast or recast in 1904 by Messrs. Mears and Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London.|
|Pre-Reformation Bell. Old Fifth|
|5th||A||9-0-0||Sca Maria Magdalena O(ra) P(ro) N(obis) (with fylfot cross mark.)
(Means ‘St. Mary Magdalene, pray for us’)
This bell was made by Ralph Heathcote of Chesterfield before 1502.
|The Bells were rehung in 1936 on ballbearings by John Taylor and Co. of Loughborough. The daily ringing of the Angelus was introduced on the Feast of the Annunciation, 1949.|
* William Lisle Bowles, Monody Written at Matlock, October 1791. The poetry of the Revd W.L. Bowles was savagely attacked by Lord Byron but warmly commended by S. T. Coleridge, in the first chapter of his Biographia Literaria where he particularly notices the Monody written at Matlock.
There is more about the bells on the bellringers page, thanks to one of our bellringing group, James Bishop.