Bell Ringers, St. Mary's Church, Stafford,

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Date:1910 - 1920 (c.)

Description:To celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887, St. Mary's Church increased its peal of bells from eight to ten, the funds for the extra two bells being raised by public subscription.

The bells were re-hung in October 1921 and were put into service during a ceremony attended by the Mayor and members of the Corporation.

Note the leather jack in the foreground, one of the few still in existence. This would have belonged to the bell ringers and held up to seventeen pints. It is inscribed with the names of the bell ringers who attended St. Mary's between 1750 and 1798.

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Donor ref:SAMS Acc. No., P97.9.115, img: 700 (16/1224)

Source: Staffordshire Arts & Museum Service

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