Introduction

All Saints' Church, Stranton is one of three churches in Hartlepool to have bells in their tower. St Aidans and St Oswalds are the other two. The Arts Centre, formerly Christ Church, also has a ring of bells. Campanology, the art of bell ringing almost died out in Hartlepool, but recent years has seen an increasingly enthusiastic number of people who have learned to ring and make the bells heard on a regular basis.

History

There have been bells at All Saints' Church, Stranton since the middle ages. The church is known to have had a bell in the tower since 1664. A second bell is of great antiquity and is thought to be from around that time, although no exact date is recorded. A third bell was hung in the tower in 1699 and was recast in 1898.

When in 1908 the 3 bells were enhanced to 8 bells, the original 3 bells were included in the ring, but in a new order. So the 1664 bell is now the 4th, the second bell (date unknown) is now the 6th and the 1699 bell was recast for a second time and now hangs as the 7th.

The cast/recast work in 1908 was undertaken by Mears and Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, Whitechapel, London. The bells were hung in a wrought iron frame suspended on steel girders.

The bells were rehung again by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 1951 when ball bearings were fitted.

The Bells
       
Details of the Bells are as recorded when they were first hung in 1908  

Treble

4cwt  0qtrs  0lbs in F

Inscription: hora fugit ora (The Hour Flies - Pray)

 

Second

4cwt  0qtrs  13lbs in E

Inscription: te deum laudamus (We Praise Thee, O God)

 

Third

4cwt  3qtrs  9lbs in D

Inscription: benedicte omnia opera (All ye Works, Bless ye The Lord)

 

Fourth

5cwt  0qtrs  29lbs in C

Inscription: venite exultemus domino S.S.1664 (O Come Let Us Sing Unto The Lord)

 

Fifth

6cwt  1qtr  22lbs in Bflat

Inscription: magnificat anima mea dominum (My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord)

 

Sixth

6cwt  3qtrs  21lbs in A

Inscription: ora pro nobs & sca maria (Holy Mary, Pray for Us)

  *

Seventh

9cwt  2qtrs  21lbs in G

Inscription: clangore dulci sono psallam tibi deus 1699 (Let Us Sing a Psalm Unto Thee, O, God, with a Sweet Sound)

  **

Tenor

12cwt  3qtrs  4lbs in F

Inscription: vivos voco, mortuos plango (I Call the Living, I Mourn for the Dead)

 


*  The bell is believed to be pre-reformation
** The bell has twice been recast

       
Interested in becoming a Bell-Ringer?

Anybody who would like to learn or know more about ringing bells in Hartlepool can contact:

Andrew Frost on 01429 281767 or Email at ag.frost@ntlworld.com

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