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Olveston (St Mary the Virgin)

St Mary the Virgin, Olveston

Name or Dedication: St Mary the Virgin

Location: Olveston, Gloucestershire

Grid Reference: ST600873

Recast from the previous ring of six. The installation was carried out by John Sully of Stogumber, Somerset, who sub-contracted the casting of the bells to John Taylor & Co. They are hung on plain bearings with wooden headstocks, in an unusual frame of wood and cast iron on RSJs, made by Sully.

In the Ringing Room is an Ellacombe Chiming Apparatus, and a weight-driven birdcage clock made by William Dell of Bristol in 1760. Overhauled by White & Boniface of Bristol in 1971, it continues to be wound by hand once a week and strikes the hours on the tenor. Its octagonal wooden dial is on the east wall of the tower.

Bells hung for full-circle ringing

The bells of St Mary the Virgin, Olveston
BellWeightDiameterNoteFounder Date
15-1-23 28 inF John Taylor & Co. 1907
25-1-10 28½ inE John Taylor & Co. 1907
36-0-10 30¾ inD John Taylor & Co. 1907
47-1-02 33 inC John Taylor & Co. 1907
58-1-08 35½ inBb John Taylor & Co. 1907
610-0-04 37¾ inA John Taylor & Co. 1907
713-0-14 42 inG John Taylor & Co. 1907
818-3-08 47 inF John Taylor & Co. 1907

Source: Bell data from a document in Olveston Ringing Room prepared by John Taylor & Co. Diameters from Paul Grainger-Allen. Key note confirmed personally 28th October 2006. Further information from Andrew Bull. Details of the clock from Arthur Robbins.

Where the exact weight of a bell 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.