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Notes on the History of Ordsall Parish - 2.B

R.F. Wilkinson, Rector of Ordsall 1925-1941.  From the pages of Ordsall Parish magazine.

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 2) Description of the Church

b) Porch

c) Bells

c) Organ

d) Altar and altar furniture

The Porch

The Porch was entirely renewed in 1877, and replaced an older one of no special interest



The tower is built in four stages, with a spiral staircase in the s.w. corner. The lower part was built in the 14th Century, and the upper stage about 1400. The pinnacles and battlements were taken down and rebuilt in 1877. There were only three bells until 1892, when three new bells were added to make a light peal of six, which were hung in a new iron frame at a cost of £240. The tenor (6) weighs about 7 cwt. The new bells were dedicated by the Bishop of Derby on Aug. 3rd, 1892. The inscriptions on the bells are;—


1.         Hosanna in Excelsis (Hosanna in the Highest).

2.         Sursum Corda (Lift up your hearts).

3.         in Memory of Mrs. Scrimshaw.

                  T. Scrimshaw.

4.         In Gloriam Dei (To the Glory of God).

                  Re-cast 1892.

5.         Daniel Hedderly made me in 1743.

6.               God save His Church.

                   John Johnson, 1661


The first four bells have the name of “John Taylor & Co., Bell Founders, Loughborough. 1892”

Daniel Hedderly lived at Bawtry. He began making bells in 1723, and afterwards moved to Nottingham and cast many bells there. The last Bellfounder of his name was George Hedderly who emigrated to America in 1800, and the old Bellfounder’s yard survived in Nottingham until it was pulled down a few years ago.

The sixth bell has the mark of George Oldfield, the letters G O and a cross between a star and a crescent.  His family were bellfounders in Nottingham for 200 years (l539~1741).  Many bells were cast by this firm with this inscription, to celebrate the Restoration of Charles II, and the Revival of the English Church in 1660.

John Johnson presumably gave the bell, and was probably Churchwarden.  He married Catharine Brownlow of Ossington.  He died on Oct. 10th, 1680, aged 43, and was buried in the South Aisle, where there is a brass memorial to him.

Mr. C. T. Scrimshaw lived in Westfield.


The poor box and the Clerk’s chair were made out of the old beams taken from the belfry.

The first peal on the bells was rung by the North Notts. Association on. 19th, 1898, in 2 hours 48 minutes. Many peals have been rung since.



The two-manual organ was built by Brindley & Foster, of Sheffield, in 1877, at a cost of £300, to the following specification: Great organ 8 stops; swell organ, 6 stops~ pedal, 2 stops. It stands at the end of the South Aisle which was probably the site of the Lady Chapel in former days



A new altar of carved oak was given by subscription, and dedicated on September 26th, 1894.  At that time the tiles were raised in the sanctuary to form a permanent step, with a border of stone. For some years before this, the altar consisted of a framework of deal upon which the frontals were hung. There is also an old altar, probably of18th Century date, now used as a table in the Vestry, where it was moved in 1877,


Altar cross

.“To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Betsy Witton Marshall.” Mrs. Marshall was the daughter of Mr. 1892,” Newton, the Town Clerk-, and sister of Mrs. Samuel Jones.



“In memory of Rev S K Stothert, Rector of this Church, 1873~1896”


Processional Cross

“I M the Rev S K Stothert, LLD, Rector1873~l896 For the use of All Hallows’ Ordsall, 1898”


Reading desk

“I.M. the Rev. S. K. Stothert, LL.D., Rector of this Church, 1873—l896.”



“Given by Sarah White, in loving memory of her husband, Frances White, of Meadowfield October 3 1st, 1877.”  Mr. White was a Maltster on the Wharf, and built this house about 1860.


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