Rogate & Trotton Bellringers

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Trotton

The western end of the church, and contains a ring of four bells hung for change ringing The tenor (largest) bell dates from 1908, the others from 1913; all were cast by John Taylor & Co. Before these bells there were two uninscribe which were reported in 1864, these were presumably lost before or when the tenor was installed. The tower roof is a shingled octagonal cap.

 

 

Rogate -

 West 19C timber tower surmounted by shingled pyramidal spire. Cross braced frame of tower would have been down to floor level but this is now down to stone pillars of varying heights. Bells are rung from ground floor. Access to bells is via a vertical ladder. The bells are hung in a substantial iron “H” frame supported on steel joists.

 

Prior to 1903 there were  three bells, one of 1607 by Richard Eldridge,  the other two cast by Brian Eldridge, dated 1625 and 1641 respectively.

Bells:

 

Bell

Diameter

Weight (cwt)

Date

Founder

1

24

2-3-21

1903

John Taylor

2

25 1/2

3-2-20

1903

John Taylor

3

27 1/4

3-2-26

1904

John Taylor

4

28 1/2

4-0-26

1904

John Taylor

5

31 1/2

5-2-8

1904

John Taylor

6

36 1/4

8-1-21

1904

John Taylor

 None of the bells are listed for preservation.

This information below is from Taylors Bell Founders.

It appears that the Rev'd A H Simpson (theorist on bell tuning) was the vicar at the time the bells were recast and made up to six!  As you will see from the letters, he had a great deal to do with encouraging Taylors to
press on and perfect true harmonic tuning. This all happened in the mid 1890's with the actual final results achieved in 1896.

Apparently Taylors were so impressed with his efforts that they recast Rogate Tenor free of charge!