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Holy Trinity Drumbo

This Church is situated in the townland of Ballylesson, Co.Down, just a few miles south of Belfast.  It was built in 1788 and consecrated in 1789.  It has a square tower at the west end upon which is an octagonal lantern.  There are pinnacles at the corners of the tower.  The original Drumbo Parish Church was located at Drumbo Hill and, when a new church was necessary, it was decided to erect it more in the centre of population of the time at Ballylesson.

Apparently, it was the intention that the new church should contain a ring of bells, because Lord Dungannon included a reference to it in a letter he wrote in 1788.  The church had not long to wait, until 1791 in fact, when John Rudhall of Gloucester cast a ring of six bells which were hung in a wooden frame from timber headstocks and the bells had canons.

In  1977, two new treble bells were provided to augment the ring to one of eight bells, which cost £4000, even allowing for the amount of voluntary work involved to install them by the local band of ringers.  The new treble bell occupies the pit of the former treble, now number three bell, and a new frame section was attached to the west side of the original steel frame in which the new Second and the number Three bells are placed.

 

Practice Night:  Thursday 19.30 - 21.00 - 1st and 3rd Thursdays  please confirm with Tower Secretary

Service Ring:  Sunday Morning 10.30 - 11.00

 

Tower Contact:  Maud Lindsay

02890615580

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Brief Details of Parish  


Below are the Weights of Holy Trinity Bells Drumbo

Old Bells

 
CWTS
QRS
LBS
Founders
Treble
5
0
19
John Rudhall of Gloucester
2
5
1
10
John Rudhall of Gloucester
3
6
1
12
John Rudhall of Gloucester
4
6
1
22
John Rudhall of Gloucester
5
7
3
11
John Rudhall of Gloucester
Tenor
12
1
7
John Rudhall of Gloucester

 

Present Day Bells with two trebles

 
Diameter
CWTS
QRS
LBS
Founders
Treble
25 ⅞
 
 
 
John Rudhall of Gloucester
2
26 ⅞
 
 
 
John Rudhall of Gloucester
3
28 ½
5
1
0
John Rudhall of Gloucester
4
30 ¼
4
3
21
John Rudhall of Gloucester
5
32
5
3
20
John Rudhall of Gloucester
6
32 ¾
5
3
22
John Rudhall of Gloucester
7
34 ½
7
2
1
John Rudhall of Gloucester
Tenor
41
11
2
27
John Rudhall of Gloucester

 

 


Below are the Inscriptions of Holy Trinity Bells Drumbo

Old Bells

Treble
Parish of Drumbo
2
Parish of Drumbo
3
Parish of Drumbo
4
Parish of Drumbo
5
Parish of Drumbo
Tenor
These bells were cast at Glocester by I Rudhall for/..
The Parish of Drumbo 1791

Present Day Bells with two trebles

 
 
Treble
(IB)
 
PARISH OF DRUMBO
(W)
In memoriam Sarah Jane/..
Martin Frazer
19 TAYLOR
 
LOUGHBORO 76
 
 
2
 
(IB)
 
PARISH OF DRUMBO
(W)
 
19 TAYLOR
 
LOUGHBORO 76

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