Archive & History
There is an interesting enigma concerning the date of the tower (circa 1450) and the date of the oldest bells (1773).
Church towers were built primarily to house bells, so it seems strange that 323 years should have been allowed to elapse before installing them. So did the 1773 bells replace an earlier set?
If bells were installed soon after the tower was built, they probably would not have required complete replacement after 323 years of use, so this seems unlikely. However, there are known examples (during the civil war) of bells being removed by Cromwell's troops and melted down to make munitions. If there was an earlier set, it might have suffered a similar fate - perhaps at the time of the siege of Bristol (1645).
A search of the old parish records (held in the city archives) might reveal the answer.