Churches & Bells of Worcester

St Martin-in-the-Cornmarket

(Old St Martin's)

10 Bells  Tenor 6-2-17 in B

Also former ring of six, tenor 13cwt, hung dead as a chime.

At the beginning of the 20th century, it was envisaged that this church would close when a new church dedicated to St Martin was built to the east of the city. However, "Old" St Martin's has survived and is in regular use for worship in the Anglo-Catholic tradition.

Old St Martin’s is one of four city-centre churches that were rebuilt during the Georgian period, and four of the bells from the earlier church form part of the present chime of six, the oldest bell of which (the 3rd) is early 14th Century, and is dedicated to St Martin. The "back" three are by Watts, of Leicester 1638 and 1640. Treble is by T. Rudhall, 1780 and 2nd by T. Mears 1833. These six are now fitted with electro-magnetic hammers that strike the “St Martin’s” Chime at each quarter and on the hour. They may also be set to ring “Plain Hunt”. The new light ring of ten, by Taylor’s, was installed in 2011.



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    Jim Clatworthy


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 For full details of the bells, see “Dove’s Guide”.