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Corston church bells
September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Corston Church Bells. In 1754 there were three bells known as ‘Ye Great, Ye Least and Ye Other’. In that year Ye Great and Ye Least were recast into one single bell by the Bilbies, the famous bellfounders of Chew Stoke. Ye Other was sold in 1823 and it seems that Corston has only the one Bilbie bell until 1917. In that year Mr F. L. Bartelt presented the set of eight bells in use today. A condition, honoured to this day, was that the bells be rung every year on September 23rd, the birthday of Fritz Bartelt in whose memory they were given. As records in the ringing chamber show, Corston bells and bellringers now take their full share in making the bells of Somerset famous throughout the world.’
To celebrate the 100th birthday of the bells in 2017, we are going to have a service at Corston Church Saturday 23rd September (Fritz Bartelt birthday) at 4pm.
Open ringing from 2pm and teas in the afternoon all welcome to join us, some of the descendants of the Bartelt family will be there.We will have a screen in the church to show the bells ringing.