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place:- ring of bells, Kirkby Stephen
site name:- St Stephen's Church
locality:- Kirkby Stephen
parish Kirkby Stephen parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
ring of bells
coordinates:- NY774085
10Km square:- NY70

1Km square NY7708

photograph

ring of bells, Kirkby Stephen -- St Stephen's Church -- Kirkby Stephen -- Kirkby Stephen -- Cumbria / -- The 8 bells, hung this way and that way, in their frame. -- 3.8.2009
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ring of bells, Kirkby Stephen -- St Stephen's Church -- Kirkby Stephen -- Kirkby Stephen -- Cumbria / -- Inscription on a bell:- -- '... WARNER & SONS' -- 3.8.2009

source:- Dove 2009

diocese:- Carlisle Diocese
locality:- Kirkby Stephen
coordinates:- NY775088

photographs
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button to large ring of bells, Kirkby Stephen -- St Stephen's Church -- Kirkby Stephen -- Kirkby Stephen -- Cumbria / -- A bell hung for ringing; bell wheel, bell rope, headstock, stay, etc. -- 3.8.2009
tiny photograph, 
button to large ring of bells, Kirkby Stephen -- St Stephen's Church -- Kirkby Stephen -- Kirkby Stephen -- Cumbria / -- 3.8.2009
tiny photograph, 
button to large ring of bells, Kirkby Stephen -- St Stephen's Church -- Kirkby Stephen -- Kirkby Stephen -- Cumbria / -- Clock and chiming mechanism, which is no longer attached to the bells? -- 3.8.2009
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button to large ring of bells, Kirkby Stephen -- St Stephen's Church -- Kirkby Stephen -- Kirkby Stephen -- Cumbria / -- Chiming mechanism. -- 3.8.2009
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button to large ring of bells, Kirkby Stephen -- St Stephen's Church -- Kirkby Stephen -- Kirkby Stephen -- Cumbria / -- Bell ropes and sallies in the ringing chamber. -- 3.8.2009
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button to large ring of bells, Kirkby Stephen -- St Stephen's Church -- Kirkby Stephen -- Kirkby Stephen -- Cumbria / -- Ten commandment for the bellringer -- 3.8.2009
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button to large ring of bells, Kirkby Stephen -- St Stephen's Church -- Kirkby Stephen -- Kirkby Stephen -- Cumbria / -- Notice:- -- 'WARNING TO RINGERS / Clock Hammers must be pulled off before bellringing' -- 3.8.2009
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button to large ring of bells, Kirkby Stephen -- St Stephen's Church -- Kirkby Stephen -- Kirkby Stephen -- Cumbria / -- Stair to the ringing chamber. -- 3.8.2009

Dove data number of bells: 8
weight of tenor: 15 cwt 3 qtr 4 lb (1768lbs)
pitch of tenor: F
scale:-
F, G, A, B flat, C, D, E, F
Complete octave; intervals TTSTTTS; F major.
Bells 1-6 and 8 cast by John Warner and Sons, 1877; 7 by Edward Seller, 1749.
Dove 2009
Data courtesy of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

photocopy Whitehead 1894:-
vol.13 p.194

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vol.13 p.195

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Whitehead, H: 1894 (?): Church Bells in Leath Ward, part III: TransCWAAS: vol.13: pp.194-217

photocopy Whitehead 1885:-
vol.8 p.521

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Whitehead, H: 1885: Church Bells in Cumberland Ward, part I: TransCWAAS: vol.8: pp.505-531

hearsay The following inscriptions are given in a local guide book [1 to 8]:-
Attendite, popule, Ps. 78. Cast by J. Warner and Sons, London, 1877.
Benedicite, omnia opera. Cast by J. Warner and Sons, London, 1877.
Venite, exultemus domino, Ps. 95, Cast by J. Warner and Sons, London, Committee, Mary H. Simpson, Annie Thompson, Agnes A. Sayer, Jane Alderson, Eliz. Crossley, Eliz. Jackson, Thos. Mason, Esq., J.P., D.L., Treasurer, H. P. Mason, Esq., secretary.
Be it known unto all men that me see, Thomas Stafford of Penrith made me, 1631, Recast by J. Warner & Sons, London, 1877.
Insonet cet ad sacra cum nostris tintinationibus. Anno Domini, 1693. Recast by J. Warner and Sons, London, 1877.
Qui pius est veniat properans ut numen adoret. F.H. R.A. E.F. J.G. T.G. Anno Domini 1685. Recast by J. Warner and Sons, London, 1877.
Cum sono busta mori, cum pulpita vivere disce, 1749. E. Sette, Ebor Hartley, minister Chr. Islip, Thos. Ewbank, Will Parker, John Waistell, Ch. Wds.
Omnes gentes plaudite. Ps. 47 - O Sancte Stephane. Rev. Canon Simpson, LL.D. Vicar, L. Fairer, J. Sowerby, Wm Cleasby, M. Morland, Church wardens. Cast by J. Warner and Sones, London, 1877.

The bells were hung by Mr Mallaby, Masham, Yorkshire, 1878.
:: Kirkby Stephen Parish Church:: leaflet available in church

hearsay The Gentleman's Magazine reported an accident at the hanging of the old tenor bell, now number 7, in 1749.
The carpenter who new framed them (the bells) when this was put up, having made his bargain for the old frame, it happened that as he was throwing down the last piece, a nail which he not perceived caught hold of his clothes, and the piece of timber being heavy, drew him after it from a window fifteen yards high and dashed his brains out against some of the pieces he had thrown down before; an accident which was the more regretted as it happened on a Sauturday night, when the man had just completed his job, and was in haste to return with the money to his wife at Appleby.

hearsay Miss Thompson, later Mrs W Graham, gave a new clock to the church, made by Gowland, London, 1872. This was in memory of her father Matthew Thompson of Stobars Hall. The new clock had a chiming mechanism working on four bells. When the bells ahd increased to eight the quarters were chimed on bells 1, 3, 4 and 6; the hour on bell 8.

hearsay An old story is told that Whittington, thrice Lord Mayor of London, provided a ring of bells to Kirkby Stephen, though not by design. The bells were meant for Great Salkeld. Whittington sent them to Kirkby Stephen, from where the people of Great Salkeld were meany to fetch them, but never did. So the bells were appropriated for the church here.
At the time of Dick Whittington, 14-15th century, he died 1434, there was no tower to the church, an old tower had been taken down, the new tower not built.

hearsay The 8 o'clock curfew, the Taggy Bell or Tagg- Bell, was/is rung on the what was the tenor bell of the peal of four, now number 7.
It was reported as still being rung in 1922; and after the curfew the number of the day in the month was rung on a different bell.
Braithwaite 1922

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