St Laurence's church tower

History - The Tower


This addition to the church, built of limestone ashlar blocks, belongs to the late 15th century and extends into the body of the Norman nave by largely replacing the west wall of the earlier church.

The lower stage of the tower below the string course has a fine early perpendicular-style west window that lights the ringing chamber.

The ashlar of the section above the string course is of a different quality from that of the lower section and indicates perhaps a Victorian re-building.

Inside the church, the tower is carried on a fine 15th century arch which displays mason marks similar to ones found in the south aisle of All Saints, Arksey.

Outside, the tower is supported by two diagonal buttresses of the same date as the tower.

 

The belfry contains a peel of six bells. The oldest, having an inscription Soli Deo Gratia, and dated 1633, is one of the three that predated 1897.

A further three were added at the time of Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1897. One of these new bells is inscribed "John Henry Smith gave me; John Taylor made me" and another is known to have been given by the then Rector, Rev. E. S. de Courcy Ireland and his wife. 


An eight-day clock was purchased for £40 in 1862 replacing an earlier one, possibly of pre 1777. The south clock face was designed by Gilbert Scott. The mechanism was replaced in 1973 with an electric mechanism and a clock face was added to the west face of the tower.

Gargoyle at the top of the tower     Gargoyle at the top of the tower