St.Bartholomew’s, Holmer, Hereford

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The Bell tower is unusually detached from the main church.

The stone tower dates from the 13th Century and the timber framed top was added between 1550 - 1600 (the reign of Elizabeth I).

The oldest surviving bell, the fourth, was founded about 1410 in Worcester, and we know that there was a ring of five by 1552. A sixth was added in 1609.

We do not know with any accuracy what happened to the bells during the Ages, but there were only five bells at the beginning of this century, and the treble, the lightest bell in any tower, was added as recently as 1923 in memory of Rev FH Tuke.

No. Cast Weight Bellfounder Inscription
1 1923 3-3-10 Mears and Stainbank Francis H. Tuke C.F. Vicar of Holmer 1908-1916
2 1609 4-1-6 John Green, Hereford God Bles Our Noball King James
3 1628 4-3-8 John Finch, Hereford To God alone be honour and glory
4 ~1410 6-0-1 Unknown, Worcester I have the name Gabriel sent from heaven
5 1626 8-0-5 Thomas Hancox, Walsall Thomas Hancox made me 1626: Glory to God in the highest
6 1626 10-1-12 Thomas Hancox, Walsall My Roaring Sound Doth Warning Give That Men Cannot Always Here Live

The peal is tuned to the key of G (773Hz)

 

Ringers consider the 4th to be the "best" bell in the ring.

The back five bells are protected and cannot be modified without Central Council consent.

The 3rd and 6th (tenor) bells were retuned during the Millennium refurbishment project.

The 3rd had 6lbs of metal turned off, whilst our tenor had 25lbs removed. In spite of the removal of metal, the tenor’s true weight was highlighted and it was returned to our tower having "gained" over 1cwt.

Tower rings are normally rated by the weight of the tenor, but it is the overall sound that is crucial to the listener and the ultimate mark of enjoyment.