Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, Holy Trinity
8 bells, tenor 7-1-7 in BbSJ 486106
Sunday: check with church office
Thursday: 7.30 - 9.00pm
Treble and 2: Whitechapel Bell Foundry 1971
3, 4 and Tenor: Whitechapel Bell Foundry 1969
5, 6 and 7: Mears and Stainbank, Whitechapel 1870
The three oldest bells were donated in 1870 and were intended as the front three of a ring of six, the frame for which was installed at the time. This finally took place in modified form in 1969, when the three bells were retuned and three additional ones added. The octave was completed two years later. The bells 'go' very well, but some ringers might find the lighter bells a little 'flighty'.
Access to the well-appointed ringing room is via a narrow wooden spiral staircase from the base of the tower. The church has a toilet and parking is usually available around the building.
The service sheet from the 1969
dedication. Its distressed condition
is due to its having been buried
in a time capsule from 1969 - 2000.
Two details of the facsimile inscription on the third. M & S took a 1641 William
bell in part payment for the 1870 ring of three and the inscription was preserved by
William Kimber, their head moulder. They reproduced the inscription when they augmented
the peal in 1969.
Detail of the frame extension,
made of iroko and steel