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place:- ring of bells, Dent
site name:- St Andrew's Church
locality:- Dent
parish Dent parish, once in Yorkshire
county:- Cumbria
ring of bells
coordinates:- SD70508703
10Km square:- SD78

1Km square SD7087

Wood and iron from the bell frame, broken up during restoration work, 2009.
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ring of bells, Dent -- St Andrew's Church -- Dent -- Dent -- Cumbria / -- 1.7.2009
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ring of bells, Dent -- St Andrew's Church -- Dent -- Dent -- Cumbria / -- 1.7.2009
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ring of bells, Dent -- St Andrew's Church -- Dent -- Dent -- Cumbria / -- 1.7.2009
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ring of bells, Dent -- St Andrew's Church -- Dent -- Dent -- Cumbria / -- 1.7.2009

source:- Dove 2009

diocese:- Bradford Diocese
locality:- Dent
coordinates:- SD705871

hearsay Adam Sedgwick remembered the church tower being built, about 1787? And when the tower was opened, with the bells ringing:-
A young man, named Thomas Batty, took me from the nurse's arms, and carried me up the ladders of the steeple to shew me the bells while they were ringing their merry peal. However sweet the bells might be at a proper distance, their noise was terrific and enough to tear the bones of the head asunder when the ear was in the same room with them. So I kicked with my little feet against the breast of the bearer, and he soon took me down and restored me to my nirse's arms.
Church bells were used to give notice of 'news'. Adam Sedgwick heard the bells of Sedbergh, and being told what they were for, got the news of the victory of the Battle of Waterloo, 1815, from the postman, hurried to Dent and announced the news in the market place:-
... I read, at the highest pitch of my voice, the news from the Gazette Extraordinary to the anxious crowd which pressed around me. After the tumultuous cheers had somewhat subsided, I said, 'Let us thank God for this great victory, and let the six bells give us a merry peal.' As I spoke these words an old weather-beaten soldier who stood under me said, 'It is great news, and it is good news, if it brings us peace. Yes,' continued the old soldier, 'let the six bells ring merrily, but it has been a fearful struggle: and how many aching hearts will there be when the list of killed and wounded becomes known to the mothers, wives and daughters of those who fought and bled for us! But the news is good, and let the six bells ring merrily.'
But by the 1860s the bells were silent of 'news', Adam Sedgwick:-
... when I revisited the home of my early life, the bells were as silent as the grave; because the inhabitants grudged the little fee which in former times had been paid to the ringers. ...

Dove data number of bells: 6
weight of tenor: 8 cwt 0 qtr 0 lb (about 900lbs)
pitch of tenor: A
scale:-
A, B, C sharp, D, E, F sharp
First 6 notes; intervals TTSTT; A major.
Unringable
Bells cast by William Mears, 1787.
Dove 2009
Data courtesy of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

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