notebook scan (with bell drawings)

Cambrian News, August 17th, 1899

On the new bells of St Mary’s, Swansea (who later took over St Nicholas Mission Church):

‘…the Church of St Mary would not be itself if from its stable old tower the peal which is heard amid the joys and sorrows of the whole community, helping mirth or soothing sadness, or calling to duty or preaching a solemn sermon about mans mortality should be heard.’

St Pauls Church, Sketty Bell Ringers Minutes Book

January 11th, 1911

The Chairman ‘spoke of the pride he felt in having a peal of bells, and such a Band of Ringers to use them. Interesting lessons might be drawn from the bells and applied to our lives’

‘Each bell must be of true metal, moulded to a pattern, free from flaws, muse be rung in time, be in harmony with the rest and take part in numberless changes and multiplicity of relationships. So must we be true Christians, moulded to one patter, free from conscious sin, work in harmony with God’s will, and influence those with whom we come in contact.’

The necessity of Practice, Punctuality & Perseverance towards the making of a ringer was also impressed upon us.

the bell tower of st nicholas in april 1921 (without the bell)

the bell tower of St Nicholas (Mission Gallery) in April 1921

the bells: directions for keeping them in ringing order



















Document from Mears & Stainbank, Church Bell Foundry, Whitechapel, London. Stored at West Glamorgan Archives, possibly came as instructions for new bells for St Mary’s, Swansea in 1899.

method of hanging a bell for ringing and other slides

method of hanging a bell for ringing












Slide from research at West Glamorgan Archives