DEDICATION OF  BELLS
at Embleton,
Northumberland.


From  Church Bells   Vol22, 11/11/1892, page941-2,


Friday 28th October 1892

Dedication of Bells at Embleton, Northumberland.

  A little more than a year ago the authorities at Embleton thought that it was quite time a church possessing such a grand old tower as the parish church of Holy Trinity, Embleton, ought to have a peal of bells. A Bell Committee was formed. Subscriptions came from all quarters, both in and out of Northumberland, and Messrs. Mears & Stainbank, the well-known Whitechapel firm, received the order to put in a peal of six, and on Friday, October 28th (SS. Simon and Jude) this picturesque village (situated on the N.E. coast of Northumberland, within easy distance of Fame Island and Holy Island, and close to that far-famed landmark on the N.E. coast, Dunstanburgh Castle) was the scene of festivity and great rejoicings. The employers of labour throughout this wide and populous parish (1650 population) gave their men a half-holiday in order that all might be present at the dedication.

  Proceedings began by an official luncheon at the vicarage, where Canon Osborn entertained most hospitably the Bishop of Newcastle, Rev. C. Buston (assistant priest), the three churchwardens (J. Craster, Esq., of Craster Tower; J. Forster, Esq., of Newton Hall; and Mr. J. Thompson, of Embleton), and the six members of the Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Association of Ringers who had been invited to open the bells, and three other specially invited guests (Sir Edward Grey. M.P., the Rev. W. M. Richardson, vicar of Ponteland; and the Rev. W. H. Connor, vicar of Alnwick). The service was held at 2.30, the dedication taking place in the tower, under the belfry. Mr. J. Craster, on behalf of the churchwardens, requested the Bishop to dedicate the bells, which his Lordship proceeded to do in the usual form, adding that the Vicar was to take care that the bells were to be used only for the glory of God and His Church, and that the churchwardens were to take notice that the control of the bells was vested in the Vicar, subject to ultimate control of the Bishop. After this the Bishop and clergy proceeded to the chancel while the ringers rang the plain course of Stedman Doubles.

  The Psalms used were cxxii. and cl., the lesson Numbers x. 1-11, and the hymns ‘Now at length our bells have mounted,’ and ‘ O God, Whom veiled angels and archangels adore.’ The Bishop preached an excellent sermon on worship from the text (Rev. viii. 1), ‘And there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.’

  The offertory realised 9l. 0s. 9d., and this, with the proceeds of a public tea, which was afterwards held in the schoolroom, and another offertory at the evening service, brought the handsome addition of 13l. odd to the Bell Fund.

  After the dedication service the ringers rang a peal of 5040 in the following methods in 2 hrs. 51 mins.:—Double Court , College Single, Oxford Bob, Violet Treble Bob, Woodbine Treble Bob, Oxford Treble Bob, Kent Treble Bob.
C. L. Routledge, 1; W. Holmes ; W. Story, 3; R. S. Story (President of Association), 4; T. T. Gofton, 5; F. J. Harrison (conductor). 6. Tenor, 11 cwt. 2 qrs. 13 lbs.

  This is the most northern place in England where a peal has yet been rung.
The ringers were afterwards entertained at supper by the Rev. C. Buston (assistant priest).

  The Bell Committee all worked hard, but special praise is due to J. Craster, Esq., J.P., of Craster Tower, who acted as Treasurer of the Fund and correspondent in arranging for the erection of the peal and the necessary business in connexion with the work; nor must we omit to mention Miss Osborn, the Vicar’s eldest daughter.

  The bells reflect great credit on the old Whitechapel firm, and their excellent manager and tuner, Mr. Hughes, and it proves once more that for a musical peal, as well as for good hanging, Messrs. Mears & Stainbank stand unrivalled.

  We wish to take this opportunity of thanking Mr. R. S. Story and the other members of the Diocesan Association who, at some inconvenience to themselves, came all the way to Embleton, some forty miles, in order to open the bells. Their ringing of the peal was acknowledged by all who heard it to have been a grand performance, the striking being very good and the musical effect a real treat to hear. It may be mentioned that some people thought that the tower would not carry bells, and would come down on the opening day; but the Newcastle ringers effectually disposed of this delusion by firing the bells at the close of the peal—a very good test of the strength of the tower.

to this first peal

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From Church Bells Vol22, 25/11/1892, p982 (extract)

The Durham and Newcastle Association. Mon 31/10/1892
On Monday, the 3lst ult., the annual gathering of the Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Association of Ringers was held in Newcastle. The bells of All Saints’, St. John’s, and St. George’s, Jesmond, were placed at the disposal of the members.

. . . The annual report, . . . alluded to the new ring of bells in St. Nicholas’ Cathedral, and to the new bells which had been placed in All Saints’ , Newcastle, and Holy Trinity, Embleton.

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