Chale, St Andrew

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Chale
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Niton
Ryde
Shanklin
Shorwell
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Tower Contacts
The District
Ringing Times
 6 bells, 8-1-12

Practice Thursday 2.00,

 Sunday variable, please 'phone!

Ground floor  OS map link
SZ483776
Free public car park approx. 200 yds inland from the Church but normally there are a few parking places on the road around the Church. The pub (The Wight Mouse) used to have an excellent reputation as a family pub for good beer/food/whisky.

Chale church looks out over the English Channel and within recent memory the church used to be in the centre of the parish, but the English Channel is getting closer. The tower is 15th century with the upper stage rebuilt in 1768, although the pinnacles from this time have since had to be removed.


Of the six bells, four were cast and rehung in a metal frame, along with the present 3rd, by Taylors of Loughborough in 1897. The treble was added in 1946 and is the only bell on ball bearings, so it tends to catch people out. The bells start to hum nicely if pushed along.

The treble was the gift of William Saunders of Chale and dedicated on Christmas Day 1946. The oldest bell is the third, bearing the founders mark "R" and was cast in the 14th century; it has been in the church since the 15th century. This is the oldest bell in a ring of bells on the Island, although others (Thorley c.1250) are older. The tenor was originally cast by Anthony Bond in 1628. The 4th and 5th were the gift of an American family in memory of their Chale forbears.


Treble TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM SAUNDERS AND HIS FAMILY
MCMXLV

T
3-0-21 G#
2 +S. ANDREAS

JOHN TAYLOR AND CO LOUGHBOROUGH
1897
3-2-12 F#
3
 Sancta Margareta + O
  R

Also, cut into the crown:

_
W±C
3-1-18 E
4 JOHN TAYLOR AND CO LOUGHBOROUGH
1896
4-1-27 D#
5 S. CATHARINA

To the Glory of God
and in pious memory of their English Forefathers,
George A Hearn and his family,
of New York,
have given these two bells

JOHN TAYLOR AND CO LOUGHBOROUGH
1897
6-1-11 C#
Tenor Anthony Bond 1628
RECAST BY JOHN TAYLOR AND CO.
LOUGHBOROUGH 1896
8-1-12 B