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Wotton-under-Edge Branch
Rockhampton (St Oswald)

Name or Dedication: St Oswald

Location: Rockhampton, Gloucestershire

Grid Reference: ST655932

Hung with an elm headstock on plain bearings in the tenor pit of a Medieval two-bell wooden frame with later additions. The treble pit has been partly cut away for the installation of a chimney. The bell was rehung with new fittings in the late 19th or early 20th Century, probably when the church was restored around 1860, however the bell is currently sounded by a rope attached to its clapper. It is likely that the bell's canons were also removed at this time.

Tradition has it that there were once four bells here, but that three of them were lost when they were being transported across the nearby River Severn and the boat sank. It is doubtful that there were ever actually four bells, but there was almost certainly a second smaller bell here at one time. This bell may have been removed to the nearby church of St George, Falfield (ST682932) that was built in 1860, around which time St Oswald, Rockhampton was restored. The new church was supplied with a small bell that was hung for swing-chiming in a turret above the south porch, and this could be the missing treble. Unfortunately the bell is no longer used, having been superceded by amplifying equipment for recorded bells installed in the turret.

Bells hung for full-circle ringing

The bells of St Oswald, Rockhampton
BellWeightDiameterNoteFounder Date
110 cwt 37½ in    1611

Source: "Church Bells of Gloucestershire" (Mary Bliss & Frederick Sharpe, 1986).

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.