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Wotton-under-Edge Branch
Cam (St George)

Name or Dedication: St George

Location: Cam, Gloucestershire

Grid Reference: ST757994

The original ring of six was hung in an oak frame inscribed with the date 1679. In 1710 these were recast into a ring of five (all with cabled canons), however there is a local tradition that the original tenor was removed to St Cyr, Stinchcombe. If this is true, one has to wonder why Abraham Rudhall I chose to cast a new tenor in 1710 when he had cast a perfectly good identical bell only eighteen years earlier.

In 1901 the bells were quarter-turned, tuned and rehung with new fittings including elm headstocks, on plain bearings in a new cast iron frame on oak sills by Thomas Blackbourn. He also removed the canons from the treble and tenor, and provided a new treble (with Doncaster crown) to augment the ring to six. This bell was replaced in 1994 by the present treble, John Taylor & Co. also removing the remaining canons and rehanging the bells with hollow box-section cast iron headstocks on ball bearings. The 1901 treble is now the Service Bell, and is hung dead in a small iron A-frame for electric chiming. The ring of six was again rehung in the same frame in 2006.

In the Ringing Room is a weight-driven clock with Cambridge Quarter Chimes given in 1905. Originally hand-wound, it was converted to electric winding in 1998. It strikes the hours on the tenor, and its dial is on the south wall of the tower.

Bells hung for full-circle ringing

The bells of St George, Cam
BellWeightDiameterNoteFounder Date
16-1-12 31¾ inD John Taylor & Co. 1994
25-3-22 32¼ inC Abraham Rudhall I 1710
37-0-12 34¼ inBb Abraham Rudhall I 1709
47-2-04 35½ inA Abraham Rudhall I 1710
59-1-18 38¾ inG Abraham Rudhall I 1710
612-3-26 43¾ inF Abraham Rudhall I 1710

Additional bells

Additional bells at St George, Cam
BellWeightDiameterNoteFounder Date
Service6-0-06 31¼ inD Thomas Blackbourn 1901

Source: Bell data from The Ringing World 4375 (page 213); further details from "Church Bells of Gloucestershire" (Mary Bliss & Frederick Sharpe, 1986). Further information from "Dursley and its Neighbourhood" (Revd John Henry Blunt, 1877).

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.