[Bell Historians] stratfield saye

Tim Jackson tim at timjackson.email
Tue Jan 3 21:05:09 GMT 2023

Stratfield Saye were open on the Basingstoke District Open Day 11/Nov/1978.  It was my first tower on my first ever open day.
They were, I believe, also open on a subsequent open day, probably the one held on 12/Jun/1982.


From: Bell-historians [mailto:bell-historians-bounces at lists.ringingworld.co.uk] On Behalf Of Neil Skelton via Bell-historians
Sent: 03 January 2023 15:35
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Cc: Neil Skelton
Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] stratfield saye

I rang on these bells in August 1975 and during a long and hot summer. I think even then they were rarely rung, however, one of our number managed to secure permission to ascend the tower from the  sexton who rejoiced in the name of Mr Heaven! The bells, fittings and frame looked ringable but on ringing up, the frame began to move to the point whereby it was transferred to the the whole of the internal timber structure, including the ringing chamber floor which was above the crossing of the church. We did manage two or three touches of Doubles until one of our number came up and said that the chandelier suspended beneath the floor was moving about alarmingly. At that point we decided to call it a day. I am not aware of any ringing which has taken place on these bells since our visit though I daresay there has been! 


Neil Skelton 

On 03/01/2023 15:16 oliver Lee via Bell-historians <bell-historians at lists.ringingworld.co.uk> wrote: 

Recently, I have been doing some digging about the unringable ring of five here, according to older copies of the ringing world it would seem that the bells where ringable up until the mid 1980s (if not later) but they appear to have been  condemned at some point prior to 2003. It would also be interesting to know how regularly they where rung as well as any other information about their go and what the ringing chamber looked like, as far is I know not much has really been written about them.

Many thanks

Oliver lee

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