A ship's bell hangs alongside three rather more ancient bells in the bell tower of a beautiful Lincolnshire church, St John the Baptist, Belleau.
It came from a full-rigged sailing ship "Bacchus" which was wrecked not far away, on the east coast of England. She was carrying a cargo of timber, sprang a leak and was grounded.
|Image from shipnostalgia.com and State Library of Queensland|
Bacchus, launched in 1867 from Liverpool, was wrecked in November 1902. The image above shows the wreck which was taken to Hull. In 1903 she was sold to be broken up - £1150.
Her bell was bought at auction, I believe, then gifted to a small tin chapel in a village churchyard.
When the tin chapel was no longer fit for purpose the bell was moved to a beautiful church less than half a mile away and there it hangs today.
This church was rebuilt in 1862, of chalk, the exterior is faced with greenstone from a few miles away.
This old crusader watches over the place. More of him another time.
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