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Cromhall (St Andrew)

St Andrew, Cromhall - click for a larger version

Name or Dedication: St Andrew

Location: Cromhall, Gloucestershire

Grid Reference: ST692905

The two tenors of this ring were cast from the 1742 tenor of the previous ring of two, the inscription being reproduced (not in facsimile) on the new tenor. The Medieval treble of the two (details below) was initially incorporated into the ring as the fourth.

The bells were hung with new fittings including cast iron headstocks in a two-tier cast iron frame by Gillett & Johnston, the treble hanging alone in the upper tier above the second and third. In 1956 the fourth became cracked so it was put on display in the church for preservation, the present fourth being installed in 1958. Unusually, this was hung with the 1948 canon-retaining headstock designed for the Medieval bell, even though it has no canons itself.

The clock was given in 1920 and is in the chamber above the Ringing Room. It strikes the hours on the tenor, and its dial is on the east wall of the tower. The Ringing Room itself, in the first floor of the tower above the Choir Vestry, was originally an Orchestra Gallery, the blocked arch in the south wall then being open to the nave. There was also once another floor between those of the Ringing Room and Clock Chamber with a door leading off an earlier spiral staircase, the present staircase going no further than the Ringing Room.

Bells hung for full-circle ringing

The bells of St Andrew, Cromhall
BellWeightDiameterNoteFounder Date
14-1-24 27½ inE Gillett & Johnston 1948
25-1-09 29½ inD Gillett & Johnston 1948
36-2-02 32 inC Gillett & Johnston 1948
46-2-00 32¾ inB John Taylor & Co. 1958
59-2-03 36¾ inA Gillett & Johnston 1948
612-2-07 40½ inG Gillett & Johnston 1948

Additional bells

Additional bells at St Andrew, Cromhall
BellWeightDiameterNoteFounder Date
On display7-2-05 34 inB Robert Hendley c.1450

Source: Bell data from "Church Bells of Gloucestershire" (Mary Bliss & Frederick Sharpe, 1986). Diameter of the fourth bell and all weights from Dove's Guide.

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.