About Us - Bells
There has been a set of bells at St John's Church since 1403AD. Our oldest bell was originally made in 1612 AD and inscribed 'I sound to bid the sick repent in hope of life when breath is spent'. This bell was recast in 1992. Currently, St John's has a ring of eight bells; the largest, the Tenor Bell, is about 14 cwt or about 712 kg and the smallest, the Treble, is about 5 cwt or 250 kg. The bell ringers practice on Thursday evenings and ring before the Sunday Parish Eucharist. If you are interested in becoming part of the bell ringing team, contact us via the Parish Office.
The tower has a chiming clock but no clock face! The chimes are coordinated electronically so are extremely accurate. The actual chimes are unique and were decided by the organist and vicar of the church at the time the clock was presented to us.
On public holidays and some Saturdays, we open the tower to visitors. The views from the top are magnificent but to see them you must climb around 150 steps!