Carisbrooke, Priory Church of St Mary

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Arreton
Brading
Brighstone
Carisbrooke

Chale
Freshwater
Godshill
Newchurch
Newport
Niton
Ryde
Shanklin
Shorwell
Whitwell


Tower Contacts
The District
Ringing Times
10 bells, 20-1-0 Fridays 7.30,
Sunday 9.00
Upstairs, stone staircase from outside church  OS map link
SZ485883
Public car park just down the hill on the main road to Newport. The bells were rehung & augmented to 10 in 2002 and are easy to ring; they sound nice inside and are very rewarding, but Ryde sound better from outside.

The "Eight Bells" just down the hill from the Church does good food and has a rear garden backing onto a large duck pond.

Two bells were recorded at Carisbrooke in Edward VI's Inventory of 1553, and the records also show the payment of two bell ringers on November 5th following the Gunpowder Plot and for many years afterwards.

Eight bells were hung in 1770, all by Pack & Chapman of London except for the 7th which was by Thomas Lester of London in 1748. These bells were used extensively from this time by the Union Youths of Newport, the first change ringing society on the south coast.

In 1913 Mears & Stainbank surveyed the bells and fittings and found that they were in such bad condition that they recommended that ringing ceased. The war years prevented any renovation and the bells were finally recast on 22nd April 1921 by Gillett & Johnston, hung in a new frame, and dedicated on 27th July 1921. The bells retain their original inscriptions.

The two new bells were cast to the Gillett profiles and match the old bells really well; they are as good a ten as they were an eight.

Treble QUEEN ELIZABETH II GOLDEN JUBILEE
2002
MICHAEL EXELL - VICAR
P. EDNAY )  
P. HEWITT ) CHURCHWARDENS
R. SMOUT )
DAVID WEIR - TOWER CAPTAIN

2002
WHITECHAPEL
4-2-2 G#
2 JOHN C. HARLAND 1912-2000
J. KEITH HORSFIELD 1900-1997
ARNOLD W. FLORANCE 1908-1979
JUSTIN M. PALMER 1972-1993

2002
WHITECHAPEL
4-3-7 F#
3 1770
ALTHOUGH I AM BOTH LIGHT AND SMALL
I WILL BE HEARD ABOVE YOU ALL.
1
 4-3-15  E
4 1770
AT PROPER TIMES OUR VOICES WE WILL RAISE
IN SOUNDING TO OUR BENEFACTORS PRAISE
2
5-0-0  D#
5 1770
MUSICK IS MEDICINE TO THE MIND.
3
 5-1-2  C#
6 1770
PEACE AND GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD.
4
 7-0-4  B
7 1770
TO HONOUR BOTH OF GOD AND KING
OUR VOICES SHALL IN CONSORT RING.
1887
5
 9-1-5  A
8 1770
OUR VOICES SHALL WITH JOYFUL SOUND
MAKE HILLS AND VALLEYS ECHO ROUND
6
 10-3-22  G#
9 7  14-1-25 F#
 Tenor  1770
IN WEDLOCKS BANDS ALL YE WHO JOIN
WITH HANDS OUR HEARTS UNITE
SO SHALL OUR TUNEFUL TONGUES COMBINE
TO LAUD THE NUPTIAL RITE
JAMES ROBEY - GEORGE YOUND - GEORGE MORRIS - JOHN ARLOT
CHURCHWARDENS.

8

1921
THIS PEAL OF EIGHT BELLS

WAS RECAST.
T. STOREY BUSHER. M.A. VICAR
R. FISK - H.L. MORRIS - G.H.HORSLEY

CHURCHWARDENS
THANKS BE TO GOD
WHICH GIVETH US

THE VICTORY
 20-1-0  E