Sheriffhales, St Mary the Virgin

St Mary, Sheriffhales

6 bells, tenor 9cwt in G TF11 8RA SJ 758120

Sunday: Occasional ringing only

Monday: 7.30 - 8.30pm most Mondays, excluding Bank Holidays

The heaviest five bells were cast by by Joseph Smith of Edgbaston 1722 and the treble by James Barwell of Birmingham in 1894.  All the bells retain their canons and are hung from wooden headstocks in plain bearings. Extended bell bolts mean the canons are no longer used to secure the bells. The timber frame is Pickford 6.4: B1, C2, D3, E4, F5, A6, but without any division between pairs of pits. A number of the stays are reinforced with metal strips.

The bells are rung from a gallery with access from the ground floor vestry via a timber staircase. The gallery is separated from the nave by a glazed screen. The clock pendulum hangs down into the ringing room.

Parking is available in the lane below the church.

Sheriffhales tenor

The Tenor

Sheriffhales treble

The Treble, with Barwell's
version of Doncaster canons

Sheriffhales treble canons

Detail from the head of the Treble

Sheriffhales date

1722 on a Joseph Smith bell

Sheriffhales inscription

The founder of the back five

Sheriffhales decoration Sheriffhales mark

Inscriptions and decoration, including Joseph Smith's badge