Bell history

In 1696, there were six bells, now numbers 2 to 7 in the present peal. The old fourth bell, now number 5, has in Latin the inscription: "O sing unto the Lord a new song. Long live William the King." No wonder, therefore, that this bell of William's name solemnly tolled without human hands (so it is asserted) when James II died in l701.

In l884 the bells were once more in the hands of the bell founders and a new treble and tenor bell were added both by way of gifts. The treble by the Rector Quekett an the tenor by Mrs Jones of The Elms, Daresbury in memory of her husband.

In l950 the bells were recast. The old metal and the old inscriptions have all be retained, the latter in every detail as they were in 1698 and l884. The treble bell given by Rector Quekett in l884, now records that Gillett and Johnston recasted the bells in l950, and the tenor bell records the memorial of Sir Peter Rylands with the names of the churchwardens and Rector. The Latin inscription beneath the memorial is from Psalm 122, the last verse. it calls to mind the fifty years during which Sir Peter Rylands looked daily across the road and saw the magnificent church with its spire and tower ever pointing up to heaven. "Propter domum Domini Dei nostri" "Because of the house of the Lord our God" - in return for all those fifty years of inspiration - "quaesivi bona tibi" "I have sought to do thee good."

The new clock which will chime the quarters as well as the hours replaces one that was erected in l872, and also, in its latter years was notorious for its inexactitude, no encouragement to those who would spend their time well. Besides the quarters and the hours and clock will play tunes as and when it is wished. The whole cost of recasting the bells, together with the electrical and pneumatic equipment for their ringing, and the cost of the new clock, have been borne by Messrs Rylands Brothers Limited as the firm's memorial to Sir Peter Rylands, a magnificent gift to the church and town which will give pleasure and inspiration for many years to come.