Ruyton-XI-Towns, St John the Baptist
6 bells, tenor 9-3-13 in G SY4 1LG SJ 394222
Sunday: 10.30 - 11.00am (3rd Sunday only)
Wednesday: 7.00 - 8.30pm
The treble, second and tenor were cast by John Taylor & Co. in 1868 and the remaining bells at the same foundry in 1937. They are all flat-topped and are hung from metal headstocks in a wooden frame. (Pickford 6.4: A6, B1, C2, D3, E4, F5). The bells are rung from a ringing gallery accessed from a spiral staircase at the back of the church. Some of the ropes fall closer to the walls than is comfortable for ringers of fuller figure.
The church stands at the head of the village street, along which will be found 'The Talbot' (or 'The Dog') which is usually reliable and sometimes excellent for food.
The Tenor bell
Details from the facsimile inscription on the fifth bell
Taylor's foundry mark on the fifth bell
The date of earlier bells,
reproduced in facsimile on the
third and fourth bells
The date of the Abraham Rudhall I bell,
reproduced in facsimile on the fifth bell
The date of the current third, fourth and fifth bells
The date of the current Treble, second and Tenor bells