[Bell Historians] Crathie,Scotland,Parish church and Appleby tubes
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Wed Mar 12 15:34:20 GMT 2003
Here are the details of the bells at the Church of Scotland Parish Church (=
'Crathie Kirk') as recorded by the late Dr F. C. Eeles and repeated in "The=
Church Bells of Aberdeenshire" Part I by the late Ranald Clouston:
(waist) O PRAY TO HIM, PRAY EVERYWHERE / AND EVER PRAY: A.D.J894
(waist) THERE IS A GOD WHO / HEARETH PRAYER BOTH NIGHT AND DAY;=20
(waist) I SOUND AND RESOUND TO THEE O LORD / TO CALL THY PEOPLE TO HEAR THY=
WORD / A.D.1894.
(waist) WE PRAISE THEE O LORD. / PRESENDET BY BEATRICE PRINCESS HENRY OF BA=
TTENBERG. / MAGISTER VDALRICUS KORTNER / ME FUDIT MONACHII / A. D. 1894.
All four bells have ornamental borders below the shoulder, and the two larg=
er have an additional border on the soundbow. Each bell has four canons.
RECAST ANNO I736 IOHN MACK=3DINNES MINISTER OF CRATHIE
The NN is incised.
Chime of four by Ulrich Kortner of Muich, 1894. They used to hang in the l=
ucarnes half-way up the spire, one each side; they now (1956) hang dead in =
a frame on the top of the tower on the south side, at the base of the spire=
, sounded by clock hammers. The word PRESENDET is as given by Dr Eeles.
Disused bell by Richard Phelps now unhung in the tower.=20=20
At BALMORAL CASTLE nearby
Three clock bells, 19", 24" and 36" by John Warner & Sons 1856. Ding-dong =
quarters and hour.
The hour bell according to the late Lord Grimthorpe was made from the patte=
rn for the 4th quarter bell at the Palace of Westminster, exactly half the =
size and sounding B an octave above.
At SANDRINGHAM Parish Church
Three bells, tenor about 8-cwt, by Warners. The tenor and the clock were g=
iven by King Edward VII in memory of Mr Christopher Sykes who died in 1898;=
at the end of his reign The King gave two Quarter Bells.
I have seen these bells within the last ten years. The two smaller are hun=
g dead and sounded only by clock hammers. The largest bell, originally hun=
g for ringing, has an early 'motorized clapper' which no longer works; the =
bell is sounded now by an Ellacombe Hammer the rope of which comes down to =
the ground floor half way along the south wall.
The tower is most unsuitable for a ring of bells. It is not large in area.=
The ground floor has black and white marble paving and contains the Flore=
ntine marble font placed centrally which is in regular use, not least for =
royal baptisms. The walls have rich oak panelling, surmounted by gilded ang=
els, and falling towards the centre are eight Colours of the Royal Norfolk =
Regiment. Bellropes would foul these, compromise the font and also partly =
obscure the royal hatchment over the west window (this was carried on the s=
ide of the funeral carriage of King George V and King George VI).
The first floor of the tower is only about 8 feet high and two thirds of it=
is occupied by the clock movement.
A step-ladder leads to the three bells which hang on elm stocks fixed on a =
There is at least one bell, of which I have no details,at the Big House.
----- Original Message -----=20
From: Alan J.Birney=20
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Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2003 1:02 AM
Subject: [Bell Historians] Crathie,Scotland,Parish church and Appleby tub=
Has anyone any info on "the peal of four bells" at Crathie Kirk(which=20
is frequently used by members of the royal family?
Also,the chime of tubes at Appleby(Bongate)-is the church the one=20
with a tower but without a clock? If so then the tubes may well have=20
gone as the building has been converted into what looks like a=20
dwelling-where the louvres used to be in place there are now windows=20
with curtains in them.
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