The Bells

The bell cage houses five bells. When they are not being rung they are left with the bell upright due to the effort needed to get them into this position as they are not counterbalanced.

You can hear or see a short excerpt of them ringing.

The Treble (A) (Weight 12cwt 0qr 9lb. Diameter 3ft 4in (101.5 cm))the Treble or first, is a modern piece of work; it was recast in 1887 by Warner and Sons. The original bell weighed 8cwt and had the inscription "Ricardus Bowler 1601". The present bell bears the inscription "Warner and Sons me reficit in anno Jub. Vic Reg. 1887". There are impressions of eight coins of 1887, Queen Victoria's Jubilee year.

The Second (G) (Weight 12cwt 3qr 23lb. Diameter 3ft 5in (104cm)) The second is probably the most interesting of the five bells as it has come to us still in its original form. Its date is approximately 1450. The inscription reads "Hecce Gabreelis Sonat hec campana fidelis" - Here sounds the bell of faithful Gabriel.

The Third (F sharp) (Weight 15cwt 1qr 5lb. Diameter 3ft 8in (111cm)) The third has inscriptions "Ricardus Bowler me fecit 1601" and "Sum Rosa Pulsata Mondi Maria Vocata" - "My name is Mary; for my tone I am know as the Rose of the World".

The Fourth (E) (Weight 19cwt 1qr 5lb. Diameter 4ft 1in (124cm)) The fourth shows coins of Charles II and was cast in 1688 by Christopher Hodson, a London founder.

The Tenor (D) (Weight 1ton 6cwt 0qr 8lb. Diameter 4ft 6in (137cm)) The tenor or fifth was cast by John Stephens, a Norwich founder, in 1727. Repairs were made in 1749 by Messrs' Hayne of Ipswich for £1 4s 6d.