More useful information:
If you would like to find out more about the ancient art of Bell ringing, or about other churches in the area where bells are still rung, here are some useful links:
Other local churches where you can see bells being rung:
The bells at St Curig’s consist of a ring of 6, with a 7½ cwt tenor and the fourth being the oldest bell in the Vale. The treble is hung above the second and both are in a steel frame; the other four are in a wooden frame. At the 1950 restoration the fourth was quarter-turned and a new headstock fitted to the fifth. New clappers were supplied and new rims to the wheels. A steel girder was added to span the tower below the bell frame.
In 1992, a 12” soundbow fatigue crack was detected in the fourth and a major restoration was required. The bell was removed from the tower and transported to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London, for expert assessment. They subsequently forwarded the bell to Soundweld of Cambridge for repair, which was completed in 1993 at a cost of £550.
Let us introduce you to our bells:
Treble:By Mears & Stainbank, 1950. Weight 2-3-10
Inscription: To the glory of God and in memory of Henry Gethin Lewis and Ann Lewis, his wife, of Porthkerry, died 1945
2nd: By Mears & Stainbank, 1950. Weight 3-1-23
Inscription: The four bells were rehung and two treble bells added by Mary Gwenda Langman, Margaret Llewellyn Meggitt, Henry Gethin Lewis, Godfrey Lewis.
3rd: By Evan Evans of Chepstow, 1695. Weight 3¾ cwt
Inscription: Thomas Hopkin, William Richard, Henry Hawkins, Matthew Dear. 1695. EE.
4th: By Henry Jeffries of Bristol, c 1550. Weight 4½ cwt.
Inscription: Sancte Maria Ora Pro Nobis. H.J.
Translation: Holy Mary, pray for us.
5th: By Evan Evans of Chepstow, 1695. Weigh 6¼ cwt.
Inscription: John Miles, Minister, John Mayo. C.W. David Lewis. E.E. 1695.
Tenor: By Llewellins and James, Bristol, 1879. Weight 7½ cwt.
Inscription: To Live To Die. Bell of 14th century. Recast by Llewellins and James, Bristol, 1879.
Information compiled by Mr. L. J. Malings (tower Captain 1948-1988)
If you would like to join us and have a go yourself, we are always happy to meet new members. Please contact John Reynolds (Tower Captain).
Bell Ringing Trivia
Ever thought of bell ringing as an extreme sport? In the Middle Ages, it was believed that the sound of a bell could disperse thunder. A large number of bell-ringers were electrocuted as a result. In France between the years 1753 and 1786, 103 bell-ringers were killed during thunderstorms as a result of holding on to wet bell ropes. The Parliment of Paris enforced an edict in 1786 to forbid the practice. Deaths likely continued until the 19th century, when the lightning rod came into general use.
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