Church Bells


St Andrew's Bells after refurbishment in 2003

St Andrew's Bells after refurbishment in 2003

Details of the Tower Bells - St Andrew's Parish Church
Bell No. Weight Note Diameter of mouth (inches) Inscriptions
1 treble   E 25 ½ I.P. & Co. 1774
2   D 26 ½ I.P. & Co. 1774
3   C 28 I.P. & Co. 1774
4   B 29 ½ I.P. & Co. 1774
5   A 31 ½ Richard Rosevear & John Bate CW-IP-CP W.I.P. 1774
6 tenor 8 ¼ cwt G 35 ½ I call the quick to church and the dead to grave.
Peter Coryton Rector I.P. 1774

Four Bells are mentioned in an inventory in the days of Edward VI in AD 1553. These were recast and two new bells added to complete the present Ring in 1774. The work was undertaken by the Penningtons of Stoke Climsland, Cornwall. Peter Coryton A.B. whose name is inscribed on the Tenor was Rector from 1769 to 1780. The Bells were quarter turned and re-hung on Roller bearings in a new iron frame by John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough in 1952. The Carillon which was little used then was dismantled at the same time. The hand controls were secured in a wooden cupboard, which is still to be seen in the Ground Floor Ringing Chamber.

Between 2001 and 2003 the necessary £6000 was raised for the refurbishment of the Bells. The Bellringers themselves under the directorship of Paul Elliot (Captain of the Tower) worked extremely hard using angle grinders to clean and then restore the iron frame from which the bells hang. Two of the younger ringers James Blake and Roger Elliot then delivered the wheels, clappers and pullies to John Taylor of Loughborough, the well known bell founders.

Rehanging a Bell

Rehanging a Bell

After two months of silence Father Malcolm Bowers re-dedicated the bells with a special service and the peel of six were once again heard in the village.

Tywardreath Bell Ringers September 2004

Tywardreath Bell Ringers September 2004

Belling ringing practice is held on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm, and the Bells are rung on Sunday morning and on other occasions.

Tower Captain - Roger Elliot September 2004