St Martins, St Martin of Tours
6 bells, tenor 7-2-22 in ASJ 322363
Sunday: 9.00 - 9.30am
Tuesday: 7.30 - 9.00 - check with tower correspondent
The tenor and fifth were cast by William Clibury in 1634, probably at his branch foundry at Holt rather than at Wellington, and hang in canon retaining headstocks. The fourth, cast by the same founder in 1632 was recast in 1959 by John Taylor and Co. when they augmented the ring to six. They hang in a well-maintained steel eight bell frame (Pickford 8.3: A4, B5, C6, D & E empty, F1, G2, H3), and are fitted with Hastings stays.
The glazed ringers' gallery is reached up a short, stone spiral staircase on the left inside the main tower door
There is a large car park at the East end of the church with access off Green Lane. The 'Chapter House' attached to the church contains a toilet.
The church has a fine Georgian three decker pulpit.
The Tenor with its canon-retaining headstock
The foundry mark of John Taylor & Co.,
together with the date they recast the fourth
The date on the Tenor, with William Clibury's foundry mark