St Michael and All Angels, Beckwithshaw

Ringing at Beckwithshaw

6 Bells, 13 cwt in F
Sunday Service Ringing: 10.45am
Practice: Monday 6.30pm
Contact: Ann McGeoch

The bell ringers’ group at St Michael’s is starting again, as from Monday 15th October. If you are interested in joining, then please let us know.

Beckwithshaw Church

St Michael’s Church, Beckwithshaw


St Michael’s church was built in 1886 by William Swinden Barber and funded by Dr Henry Williams of Moor Park House and his wife. The church is in an Arts and Craft Movement Gothic Revival style. The base of the tower serves as the porch, with the ringing chamber upstairs.

The six bells were cast by Mears and Stainbank of Whitechapel in 1886 and are named after Dr Williams, his wife and four children. They hang in two tiers with 1, 3 and 5 above 2, 4 and 6.


Yorkshire tails at Beckwithshaw

The back three bells have traditional Yorkshire Tails (woollen sallies for backstroke in addition to the usual sallies for handstroke); a rarity these days – even in Yorkshire!

Bell Details

Bell Weight (CWT-QTR-LB) Note Diameter Date
1  4-3-20 D 2814 1886
2  5-3-4 C 3034 1886
3  7-0-8 B 3314 1886
4  7-3-13 A 3434 1886
5  9-1-10 G 37″ 1886
6 13-0-15 F 4234 1886

All the bells bear the inscription


Additionally each has a name of the donor’s family inscribed on the waist: Joshua (1), John (2), Annie (3), Mary (4), Ellen (5) and Henry (6).


St Michael and All Angels Parish Website

The rise and fall of Yorkshire Tails (Whiting Society)