[Bell Historians] Burton Holy Trinity

Andrew Bull a_m_bull at PksgUpFv7_5krGhbnq1V1lMO_Zpm0v82RUXeg_fjriPzy90H9-RqWNaNZoSnbXzOFJ9GCPHVyOraTi4.yahoo.invalid
Tue Jul 20 18:17:11 BST 2010

This is Fred Sharpe’s notation for gear type. TW=traditional-type wheel,
EH=elm headstock, PG=plate gudgeons, PB=plain bearings, ECA=Ellacombe
chiming apparatus.


Andrew Bull



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could you explain what TW/EH/PG/PB/ ECA means?



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I saw this bell in the tower on 31 May 1971. I was travelling from Leicester
with Andrew Wilby to a ringers' get-together at chez David Wilford at
Hilton, near Burton. Driving past the church - which had already been
partially demolished - we found that the site was more or less unprotected
and saw that the tower door was open. No H&S in those days! We climbed up
the steps to the bell chamber, where we found someone else up there already
- clearly not working for the demolition contractor as it was a Sunday
afternoon on a Bank Holiday weekend! He offered to sell us the bell for some
ridiculously cheap price


At the time I noted: “At the church of the Holy Trinity, Burton , which was
being demolished, there was a large single bell cast by Taylors in 1887
weighing 40-0-26. It was fitted with TW/EH/PG/PB/ ECA. It had not been swung
for many years, and its sale is now imminent”. I later saw the bell (marked
40-0-5 in chalk) in Taylors ’ foundry at Loughborough, on 28 June 1972. 


The previous Holy Trinity bell (Taylor 1869) later became the tenor as
Goole, as already noted.


There is a contemporary account of the spire and bell: The handsome spire of
this church has now been completed. It cost £1000; and is the gift of a
parishioner. A magnificent bell, weighing 42 cwt, has been placed in the
tower. The entire cost (£300) was collected by a committee of working men,
resident in the town of Burton and neighbourhood (Lichfield Diocesan Church
Calendar 1888 “record of the Diocese 1887” p.151)


Another story about this bell concerns Ron Dove, who worked at one of the
Burton breweries in the 1920s. I think it concerns this bell (not completely
sure as I don't know whether Holy Trinity had a clock), but certainly a
large bell in Burton. Being over 2 tons, the Holy Trinity bell was in the
Great Bells list in earlier editions of Dove. I once asked him about it, and
he said "I remember that bell. I was 'nesting' with a redhead in a house
nearby, and when the clock struck 2 I thought I had better leave. I rushed
out, and it was only when I got home I realised I'd left my bicycle behind"




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