Did you Know

  • alistairLook to…Treble’s going….She’s gone… is the call used to let the other bell ringers know when to start ringing.
  • 3 bells were rung from the ground floor when the tower was built 600 years ago.
  • In 1780 a new peal of 6 bells was installed in the tower. The bells bear the inscriptions of the vicar and the churchwardens.
  • The 1780 inscriptions can still be seen on the bells today.
  • In 1914 the 6 bells were recast and a new treble (lightest bell) and a new tenor (heaviest bell) were added to make it up to a ring of 8 bells – it is these bells we ring today.
  • The heaviest bell weighs 15cwt.1qtr.18lb – that’s 3/4 of a ton, or the weight of a Mercedes Smart Car. Yet despite its size, it can be rung by a 12-year-old.
  • The hearse was kept in the tower (1772) to save the 5 shillings (25p) per year it was costing to keep it at the pub. You can still see where the door was enlarged to get it in the tower. The doorway was restored during the 1901-3 restoration.
  • St Andrew’s, Kildwick is one of the few towers left in the country to have Yorkshire Ends. That’s the fluffy bit on the end of the rope
  • When the weather is damp the rope can shrink in length by 1ft (30cm)