Yarkhill’s present bells are of two dates and founders. The tenor is the oldest bell in the ring and was cast in 1636 by John Finch of Hereford. John Finch is remarkable for the aesthetic quality of his bells and Yarkhill’s tenor is of the same fine standard. Finch lived and worked through the time of the Civil War, this affected his output of bells and we find very few left in the country, those remaining are mainly in Herefordshire.
John Martin of Worcester cast the other three bells in 1671. John Martin’s founding was much more prolific, most bells were cast after the commonwealth regime and more examples of his work may be found around the country.
For more information visit the Yarkhill Church Website (http://www.yarkhillchurch.org.uk).