St Mary's Church Bells

In Charles Cox's book "Churches of Derbyshire", printed in 1879, he writes a wonderful history of St Mary's Church. In that article he writes about the church bells as follows:
There is a ring of five bells in the tower :
I. "John Dod, John Feepound C: Wardens, MDCCXXI".
II. "Feare God honor the King, 1671",and the bell mark of George Oldfield.
III. "I. Saxton, G. Silvester, Churchwardens. I. Goddard, Minister, 1771".
IV. "Hec Campana sacra fiat Trinitate beata, 1616", in Lombardic capitals, highly decorated.
V. "All men that heare my mornfull sound, Repent before you lye in ground. 1626".

There is also above these a small bell, that goes by the name of the parson's bell. There is no inscription or date upon it, and it may possibly be the old sanctus bell that used to hang over the east gable of the nave.
From some further notes of Reynolds, we learn that the 3rd bell (or, as he says, the 4th), which was broken and sent to Rotherham to be recast, on Saturday, March 30th, 1771, formerly bore " Jesus be oure spede B. E. B. W.," the founder's mark of Henry Oldfield, and the date 1583 circumscribed within a small circle. He also states, in a note dated 1770, that there were only four bells in the steeple up to 1721, when the first one was cast.

This is the 1616 bell paid for by a church working party which was recast in 1928.

1616 church bell St mary's Church, Crich

 

St marys Crich bell 1671

1671 bell "by the parishioners" recast in 1928

Crich church bell

The inscription reads:
Recast 1928; R.O. Wilson - vicar; H. J. Rankin & J. H. Smith Churchwardens.
H.J. Rankin was one of the village doctors.

 

Bell ringers plaque St Mary's Church, Crich

 

Two bells were added after WW1 making a peal of eight bells.

Recasting of the bells 1928.

Photos courtesy David Millington

Crich Church bells 1918

 

Crich Church bells 1918

 

Crich Church bells 1918
The inscription reads:
Recast 1928; R.O. Wilson - vicar; H. J. Rankin & J. H. Smith Churchwardens.
H.J. Rankin was one of the village doctors.

The fourth bell is dedicated to Captain William Else who was killed in 1918.

Crich Church bells 1918

 

programme of dedication of church bells

dedication of Crich church bels 1928

 

In 1929 a celebratory peal of Grandshire Triples was made.

Bell ringers plaque of 1929 St Mary's Church, Crich

Bell ringers plaque St Mary's Church, Crich