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place:- ring of bells, Orton
site name:- All Saints Church
locality:- Orton
parish Orton S parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
ring of bells
coordinates:- NY62210838
10Km square:- NY60

1Km square NY6208

Three ancient bells have been preserved in All Saints' Church, Orton, instead of being recast as part of the present ring of eight. They were 3rd, 4th and 5th in the old ring, and are displayed hung in a timber frame as they would be in the tower.
3rd. Dated 1637, inscribed:-
probably made by William Oldfield, of York and Doncaster, Yorkshire.
5th. Dated 1637, initials CP and IC, which may be John Conyers, inscribed:-
probably made by William Oldfield, of York and Doncaster, Yorkshire.
4th Cast by John Woolley, bellfounder, 21 Henry VIII, which is 1530, as part of a ring of four. Inscribed in gothic caps:-
There is also a shield shape badge with a greek cross on a saltire, with initials L.B. and perhaps smaller initials. John Woolley was a servant in the foundry of Richard Seliok, Long Row, Nottingham, up to 1524. He was a bell founder in his own right in the 1530s, retiring 1539-40; bells made by him are not common. He was at one time involved in a court case with his former employer over a bell at Grantham.
photograph

ring of bells, Orton -- All Saints Church -- Orton -- Orton S -- Cumbria / -- 18.6.2009
photograph

ring of bells, Orton -- All Saints Church -- Orton -- Orton S -- Cumbria / -- 4th bell:- -- 'OMNIU SANTORU' -- 31.12.2010

source:- Dove 2009

diocese:- Carlisle Diocese
locality:- Orton
coordinates:- NY622084

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large ring of bells, Orton -- All Saints Church -- Orton -- Orton S -- Cumbria / -- 21.4.2006
tiny photograph, 
button to large ring of bells, Orton -- All Saints Church -- Orton -- Orton S -- Cumbria / -- 3rd bell:- -- 'JESUS [ ] 1627' -- 18.6.2009
tiny photograph, 
button to large ring of bells, Orton -- All Saints Church -- Orton -- Orton S -- Cumbria / -- 4th bell:- -- 'LB [ ]' -- 31.12.2010

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large ring of bells, Orton -- All Saints Church -- Orton -- Orton S -- Cumbria / -- Chiming frame. -- 2.9.2011

Dove data number of bells: 8
weight of tenor: 12 cwt 3 qtr 13 lb (1441lbs)
pitch of tenor: F sharp (744Hz)
scale:-
F sharp, G sharp, A sharp, B, C sharp, D sharp, E sharp, F sharp
Complete octave; intervals TTSTTTS; F sharp major.
Ringing temporarily suspended
Bells cast by John Taylor and Co, 1917. There are 3 unused bells - two cast possibly by William Oldfield, 1637; one by John Woolley, about 1529.
Dove 2009
Data courtesy of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

photocopy Godfrey 1881:-
vol.6 p.84

image t1006084.jpg
Godfrey, Robert: 1881: Westmorland Bells: TransCWAAS: vol.6: pp.83-85

notes There were originally 4 bells by John Woolley, Nottingham, 1530.
There are 3 bells in a frame in the body of the church:-
Bell 1 cast 1637; inscribed:-
[JESUS BE OUR SPEED]
Bell 2 cast by John Woolley, 1530; decorated with a badge of a greek cross on a saltire; inscribed:-
[OMNIU SANCTORU / LB]
Bell 3 cast 1637; inscribed:-
[SOLI DEI GLORIA / IC / CP]
:: ::: leaflet available in church

hearsay From the victorian restoration, 1878, until the lime wash was replaced, 2006, it is said that the bell ropes rotted so quickly that it was unsafe to ring the bells.

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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