Brading, St Mary the Virgin

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Arreton
Brading
Brighstone
Carisbrooke

Chale
Freshwater
Godshill
Newchurch
Newport
Niton
Ryde
Shanklin
Shorwell
Whitwell


Tower Contacts
The District
Ringing Times
8 bells, 9-3-19

Thursdays 7.00-9.00,

Sunday 9.00, and 6.00 by arrangement

Upstairs, ladder outside church  OS map link
SZ607873
Large car park just north of church (towards Ryde). Train station 10 minutes from church: go straight out of station and along to main road, then follow it around to the right. A pub (the Bugle, indoor & outdoor children's area, good food) with large rear garden and tea shops are just down the hill from the church.  Not the best sounding bells on the Island (there are some quite old bells), but otherwise they go well if a bit loud. Take care on the wooden ladder as you come back down since the ladder is very steep.
 
Note: that Brading are raising money for restoration
More details on their web page here

The present church at Brading dates back to the 12th century although links go back to 686. The village used to be a port, and the quay can still be seen. The tower is unusual in that it is built on four piers at the entrance to the church; the ringing room formed a balcony at the western end of the nave (now separate by a Perspex screen) and is reached by climbing the wooden ladder under the tower.

The bells are on two levels in a wooden frame; the second, third and fifth are on the top tier and the remaining five bells are below. The oldest bell is the tenor, dated 1594; 6th by Clement Tozier (1709), 7th by "RB" (1622) Up until 1887 there were four bells, when Mears and Stainbank recast the old treble, added four bells and rehung the remainder.

Treble IN TERRA PAX
IF YOU WILL RING
I'LL SWEETLY SING
1887
 3-2-1  G
2 GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO
E.SUMMERS.VICAR
CLEM PAIN AND WM. SEYMORE
(CHURCHWARDENS)
1887
3-3-7  F#
3 GOD BLESS BRADING
1887
 4-1-22  E
4 GOD SAVE OUR QUEEN
JUBILEE YEAR 1887
 4-3-27  D
5  1604
RECAST MEARS AND STAINBANK
1887
 5-3-1  C
6 BENJAMIN SALTER AND RICHARD DAW
CHURCHWARDENS
CLEMENT TOSIER CAST ME IN 1709
 6-2-0  B
 7  JJ.T.O.RB
1622
 7-2-25 A
 Tenor  PRIS THE LORD 1594
ER.WO.MK.EG.TL.RR
9-3-19  G