St Chad's boasts an impressive set of four bells which can be heard in the Youtube clip below. We also welcome people from 12+ who wish to learn to become bell-ringers at St Chads.
St Chad’s has four bells. Three of them date from the seventeenth century but the fourth is reputed to be one of the oldest bells in the country. It bears a date which has been variously described as 1033, 1255 and 1555. The first is doubtful, as the church had no tower at that time. At the time of the Reformation, St Chad’s was reported as having three bells and a Sanctus bell so it is probable that the bell dates from before that time. It has the inscription + 0 BEATE MARIAA.A.R. followed by indistinct numerals that cause some uncertainty regarding the date.
The next oldest bell is the third bell which carries the inscription DOMINO CANTICUM CANTATE NOVUM 1625 (Sing unto the Lord a new song).
The second bell is inscribed GOD SAVE THIS CHURCH AND REALM THE KING IN WAR, I.C.1664
The treble bell is simply inscribed RICHARD GRYMLEY, RALPH LOW, C.W.1670