Who was ring­ing the changes in 1948?

Black Country Bugle - - NEWS - By DAN SHAW

WE ask if read­ers recog­nise any­one in this group who were pho­tographed for the Daily Her­ald news­pa­per some 70 years ago.

They were the bell ringers of Nether­ton parish church and these pic­tures were taken in the bell tower in 1948.

The church was built in 1830 as a chapel of ease to St Thomas’s Church (Top Church) in Dud­ley and be­came a parish church in 1844. A 1921 de­scrip­tion of St An­drew’s Church in Nether­ton records that its has, “an em­bat­tled tower with pin­na­cles con­tain­ing a clock and eight bells, six of which were given by Mrs Skid­more and two by Mr D. Rollinson.”


She was Blanche Skid­more (18361872), the widow of Henry Parkes Skid­more (1831-1861), an iron­mas­ter and owner of the At­las Tube Works in Dud­ley. They lived at Hill House in Nether­ton but, sadly, her hus­band died of diph­the­ria after only four years of mar­riage. As well as the bells, Mrs Skid­more also paid for stained glass win­dows and me­mo­rial tablets in the church.

Change ring­ing, the art of ring­ing a set of bells so as to in­tro­duce con­trolled vari­a­tions in the se­quence, de­vel­oped in Eng­land in the 17th cen­tury. The Cen­tral Coun­cil of Church Bell Ringers was founded in 1891 and has pub­lished a weekly jour­nal, The Ring­ing World, since 1911.

•If you can name any of these bell ringers, please con­tact us at the Black Coun­try Bu­gle, Dud­ley Ar­chives Cen­tre, Tip­ton Road, Dud­ley, DY1 4SQ, call 01384 889000 or email [email protected]­coun­try­bu­gle.co.uk

Do you recog­nise any of these Nether­ton cam­pa­nol­o­gists?

The bell ringers in ac­tion at Nether­ton Parish Church

The tower of St An­drew’s Church, Nether­ton

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