Holy Cross Bells

The Bells

Bells in up position - click for photo gallery

All the bells were purchased from the Whitechapel foundry of William Mears and bear the company’s name, the date 1779, and inscriptions.

In 1779 the original six bells were installed with two treble bells added in 1785.

The bells remained more or less untouched bar replacement of bell ropes and bell house bearings until 1905.

In this year when the Rector was E. Sanderson and the Churchwardens were R. Streatfeild and T. Bannister, all eight bells were taken back to London for recasting and tuning. The total weight of the bells is a little over 54 tons.They were erected in a new cast iron framework on oak bearers mounted on four new steel joists.The total cost of the refurbishment was £350.16s.9d. In 1956 the plain race and cap bearings on the bells were replaced with ball bearing races.
The Tenor bell

Weighs just less than 12 cwt and is inscribed “Whilst thus we join in cheerful sounds may love and loyalty abound.

VII bell

Weighs 9 cwt and is inscribed “These bells were purchased by voluntary subscription by the inhabitants of Uckfield and their many friends in 1779”

V1 bell

Weighs a little more than 7cwt and is inscribed “Ye people all who hear me ring be faithful to your God and King”

V bell

Weighs 6½ cwt and is inscribed “Peace and good neighbourhood”

IV bell

Weighs 5½ cwt and is inscribed “If you have a judicious ear you’ll own my voice is sweet and clear”

III bell

Weighs 5 cwt and is inscribed “I mean to make it understood that though I’m little I’m good”

II – Treble bell

Weighs 4½ cwt and is inscribed “W. Mears fecit (Latin – made) 1785 the voluntary subscription

The Treble bell

Weighs 4 cwt and is inscribed “These 2 Trebles raised by voluntary subscription in 1785 by Messrs. Lough, Markwick and others to make a Peal of 8”

St.Saviour’s

The bell from the demolished St. Saviour’s Church was hung as a service bell for the St. Saviour’s Chapel in 1975.

It has the inscription “Mears & Stainbank to the glory of God and in memory of Henry Tyhurst of Uckfield A.D. 1904”


Become a bell ringer

Join a tradition dating back 400 years.  Come and learn the art of "Change Ringing".

The origins of change ringing lie in the sixteenth century when church bells began to be hung with a full wheel.  This gave ringers control of their bell, which allows sets of bells (rings) to be rung in a continously changing pattern. 

Music is created by moving bells up and down the ringing order to a defined sequence of changes know as a "method".  Learning a few simple methods allows ringers to join in with other bands in towers around the country and around the world.

For more information please see details in the Holy Cross Bellringers section.