Beckwithshaw Bells

St Michael’s church was built in 1886 by William Swinden Barber and funded by Dr Henry Williams of Moor Park House and his wife. The church is in an Arts and Craft Movement Gothic Revival style. The base of the tower serves as the porch, with the ringing chamber upstairs.

Beckwithshaw Church

St Michael’s Church, Beckwithshaw

The six bells were cast by Mears and Stainbank of Whitechapel in 1886 and are named after Dr Williams, his wife and four children. They hang in two tiers with 1, 3 and 5 above 2, 4 and 6.

The back three bells have traditional Yorkshire Tails (woollen sallies for backstroke in addition to the usual sallies for handstroke); a rarity these days – even in Yorkshire!

Bell Details

Bell Weight (CWT-QTR-LB) Note Diameter Date
1 D 2814 1886
2 C 3034 1886
3 B 3314 1886
4 A 3434 1886
5 G 37″ 1886
6 13-0-15 F 4234 1886

All the bells bear the inscription


Additionally each has a name of the donor’s family inscribed on the waist: Joshua (1), John (2), Annie (3), Mary (4), Ellen (5) and Henry (6).