Coity Bells & Bellringers

Coity Bells

The Coity Ringing Six

Coity Church has a central tower, with six really nice easy going bells.
There are also clock and sanctus bells.
Details of the ringing bells are:-
 Bell  Note  Dia (in)  Dia (cm)  Wt cwt  Wt kg  Inscriptions
 1  F  26½  67.3    216.4  INTEROMNES PAX "EVAN EVANS & WILLIAM EVANS" (Between all men, peace)
 2  Eb  27¾  70.5    229.0  APUD FRATRES CHARITAS
(Among brothers, charity/love)
 3  Db  28¼  71.4    241.8  ERGA DEUM PIETAS
(Towards God, piety)
 4  C  30¾  78.1  5  254.5  IN ECCLESIA EPISCOPATUS
(In the Church, episcopacy)
 5  Bb  34¼  89.2    381.8  IN HOC REGNO MONARCHA "JOHN LEYSHON, CH.W."
(In this kingdom, monarchy)
 6  Ab  37¾  96.2  9  447.7  GLORIA DEO IN EXCELSIS
(Glory to God in the highest)
It is not known when bells were first installed in the tower. In 1722 there were four bells recorded. These were taken down and repaired in that year. One more bell was added the following year, 1723. The bells were originally rung from the ground floor at the crossing, from behind the then choir screen.
In 1726 the five bells were taken down and recast into a six by Evan and William Evans, Bell Founders of Chepstow, the only ring of six cast by them. This must have been costly, for sometime later the firm from Chepstow threatened to sue the Rector for non-payment of their bill.
On each bell is a quotation in Latin, on the treble is the name of the founders and on the 5th is name of the churchwarden of that time, John Leyshon. The bells were idle, like so many, during the second world war. In 1952 the bells were refurbished by Gillet and Johnson of Croydon and rehung in a steel frame, less their cannons and cast-in staple. The tower was re-roofed at the same time. They were refurbished again in 1999 by Nicholson Engineering.
Coity people have always been interested in their bells. There are quite a number of references in old parish records to repairs of ropes, wheels, the annual pint of oil, and liming interior tower walls together with the claims for the cost! For "ale and our trouble".

Clock Bell
On 27th May 2001, a clock bell was installed, this was to protect the ringing bells from possible clock hammer damage. It was the old 6th at St. Peter-ad-Vincula, Coggleshall, Essex, which had become available as a result of their augmentation to a ten. This bell weighs 9 cwt, 1 quarter and 13 pounds (476.8 kg) and has a rim diameter of 38¼ ins (97.2 cm) and a note of G# . It was cast by Thomas Gardiner of Sudbury and bears the inscriptions:
"William Moss Churchwarden" & "Tho=Gardiner Fecit 1757".
The cannons and cast-in staple were removed, and it was hung dead above the bell frame and is used as the clock's hour bell.

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