The Bells

The bells were “tapped” and recorded in 2012. The individual recordings of each bell have then been joined together to recreate how the bells might sound in rounds – starting with the lightest, treble, bell and descending in order to the heaviest, tenor, bell. Click here to hear the bells in rounds.

When the bells are rung in the order 1 3 5 7 9 2 4 6 8 10, that is known as Queens. Click here to hear the bells in Queens.

Hanley Church, St John, was erected in 1788, on the site of a small chapel built in 1764. At this time, a peal of eight bells was hung in the 100 foot high tower. In 1923, Gillett & Johnston cast the ten bells that now hang in the tower. Their details are:

Bell

Weight

Note

Diameter

1

3-2-9

G#

24.50″

2

4-0-2

F#

25.50″

3

4-1-5

E

27.00″

4

4-3-19

D#

28.00″

5

5-1-4

C#

30.00″

6

7-0-0

B

33.00″

7

8-1-12

A

36.00″

8

9-2-22

G#

38.00″

9

13-1-0

F#

42.25″

10

18-2-2

E

                                     46.88″

The Inscriptions on the bells are:

Treble

John Warner & Sons London
Placed in this church by public subscription 1891 Recast and rehung 1923 by the ringers of the church He hath put a new song in my mouth

Second

Cast by John Warner & Sons London 1891
Placed in this church by public subscription 1891
Recast and rehung 1923 by the church choir in memory of the members who died in the Great War 1914 – 1918 R. Baker F. Handley G.H.Holgate G.E.Holgate H.B.Jones

Third

William Miles James Whitehead and William Jates first Chapel Wardens 1790 The children of the Sunday School day by day we magnify thee

Fourth

Edwd. Keeting George Taylor Joseph Adams E Arnold fecit 1790
Recast and rehung 1923 in loving memory of Ada Ramshall died July 24th 1922 by her husband S W Ramshall
Gloria in Excelcis Deo

Fifth

George Twemlow Thomas Twemlow Catharine Simson E Arnold fecit 1790 This bell was recast and rehung by Johnson Bros of Hanley in memory of their employees who fell in the Great War 1914 – 1918

Sixth

Josiah Wedgwood Neale and Wilson Elijah and John Mayer E Arnold fecit 1790 Recast and rehung 1923 in memory of John Bentley who died on Palm Sunday 1899 When you us ring we’ll sweetly sing

Seventh

Charles Chatterley John Yates Hugh Booth E Arnold fecit 1790 Recast and rehung 1923 to the Praise and Glory of God and in memory of Henry Dutton died January 19th 1898 and also Emma his wife died November 6th 1911

Eighth

John Heath Charles Bagnall William Brittain Edwd Arnold fecit 1790
Recast and rehung 1923 in memory of Abraham Dutton who was clerk of this church for 55 years. Died 1883 Sunday observe
Think when the bells do chime tis angels music therefore come not late

Ninth

Samuel Hollins John Mare Richard Mare Edwd Arnold Leicester fecit 1790 Recast and rehung 1923 by public subscription

Tenor

Marquis of Stafford Ephraim Chatterley Ralph Baddeley Hanley Chapel
Consecrated 6th august 1790 e arnold fecit 1790 recast and rehung 1923 by public subscription A. Stanway churchwardens F. C. Barker