Bells and Bell Ringing
The church was remodelled in the Classical style in 1773, but the only surviving portion of this church is the tower. The latter, which is of three stages, has rusticated quoins and a similar treatment to the windows and west doorway. There are circular windows to the ringing chamber and, at the belfry stage, a round-headed window with forking tracery on each face. The parapet is surmounted by angle vases. An external stone staircase on the south wall gives access to the ringing chamber. The church was entered through the west door, c.1790, but in 1828, when the south porch was reopened, the west door was blocked and the base of the tower made into a vestry.
There were two bells in the church in 1552 and in 1740. Five of the present peal of six bells, cast by Thomas Rudhall of Gloucester, were acquired when the church was remodelled in 1773, and the sixth bell was cast by John Rudhall in 1789.
|1||1789||22¾ ins||Philip Jandrell's bell|
|2||1778||24¾ ins||Peace and good neighbourhood|
|3||1778||25¾ ins||Fear god, honour the king|
|4||1778||26½ ins||When you us ring we’ll sweetly sing|
|5||1778||27½ ins||T Rudhall of Glocester cast us all|
|6||1778||31¼ ins||Come at my call and serve god all|
The treble by John Rudhall is of a type differing from that on his later bells (as at Hopesay and Chetton) probably an addition not a recasting. Philip Jandrell was churchwarden in 1773 and died in 1789 aged 70.
The six were tuned and re-hung in a steel frame by Taylors of Loughborough in 1953. They are the lightest six in Shropshire, the tuning being sufficient to adjust some of the harmonics.
Owing to a shortage of ringers, Pulverbatch and Condover have combined forces and practice on alternate Tuesday evenings in each church. The tower captain in Pulverbatch is Tom Morris.
The church owns a set of 15 hand bells, which were originally purchased by the tower bell ringers to aid their practice. We have 7 or 8 ringers who practice mainly during the autumn and winter and usually perform at the Church Carol Service and occasionally, if requested, at other local events. New ringers are always welcome.|
Contact Pat Wilkinson on 718210.