Alcester, St Nicholas, Warwickshire

Alcester

Bells: 8; 12-2-13 in F#
Grid Reference/Map 150/091574
Postcode: B49 5AJ
District Warwick
Peals Felstead Database
Recording
Practice Night: Thursday 7:45pm-9:00pm
Service Ringing:  10.15-11.00am
Recommended Pub: The Holly Bush 37 Henley Street, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5QX Tel: 01789 762482
The Turks Head, 4 High Street, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5AD Tel: 01789 765948
The Three Tuns, 34 High Street, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5AB. Tel: 01789 508255
The Royal Oak, 44 High Street, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5AB. Tel: 01789 565211
Contact: Geoffrey Bourton (Tower Captain) Tel: 07951 790658 Email
Rev Adrian Guthrie Tel: 01789 764261

History

Set in a pleasant small town in South-West Warwickshire this is a church that is worth spending some time viewing. The clock face is unusually positioned on the tower.

The mediaeval tower and the five bells which it contained were left untouched when the body of the church was rebuilt in 1729-1733. The recasting of the bells followed soon afterwards, however, and in 1735 Abraham Rudhall II supplied a new ring of six for the church. The weight of the tenor bell is given in the Rudhall catalogue as 10 cwt., and when it was taken down for recasting in November 1947 the bell was found to weigh 9cwt 3qrs 20 lbs. The inscriptions of the Rudhall bells were reproduced in facsimile on the six largest bells of the new ring. The bells are named St. George, Peace, Unity, Concord, Faith, Hope, Charity and St. Nicholas. They are a very good ring of bells.

The entrance is from inside the church.  There is plenty of on-street parking nearby. 

Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1948 4-0-17 26.00" 1467.0Hz (F#-16c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1948 4-1-14 26.625" 1381.0Hz (E#-20c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1948 4-2-24 28.00" 1229.0Hz (D#-22c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1948 5-1-17 30.00" 1101.0Hz (C#-12c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1948 6-0-26 32.125" 977.0Hz (B-19c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1948 7-0-23 33.50" 923.0Hz (A#-17c)
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1948 9-1-21 37.00" 824.0Hz G#-14c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1948 12-2-13 41.125" 733.0Hz (F#-16c)

Alderminster, St Mary & Holy Cross, Warwickshire

Alderminster Bells: 6; 12-0-26 in F
Grid Reference/Map 151/230486
Postcode: CV37 8PF
District: Warwick
Peals: Felstead Database
Recording:
Practice Night: None
Service Ringing: None
Recommended Pub The Bell, Alderminster, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8NY Tel: 01789 450414
Contact: Jane Jones (Churchwarden), Tithe Meadow, Alderminster, Stratford upon Avon, CV378NY. Tel: 01789 450672 Click to Email
The Revd C M Vickers, The Vicarage, Old Warwick Road, Ettington, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7SH Tel: 01789 748137

History

This is a central towered church on the main road through the village. The bells are rung from a ringing chamber with quite a low ceiling and are very loud inside. They go quite well. The 6-bell frame is believed to be by Alfred White in 1870, though the treble pit initially remained empty. The fittings are by Taylors in 1939 when the treble was finally added. The treble is flat headed, the fifth has had its canons removed and the rest have metal headstocks with a wooden pad between it and the canons. The back 5 have all been one-eighted turned.

There is a car park beside the church, to the left as you look from the main road, and the outside entrance can be seen from it. The village was transferred to Warwickshire from Worcestershire in 1931.  

Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1939 4-1-21 28.00" 1196.0Hz (D+31c)
2 Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester 1714 5-2-12 30.25" 1067.0Hz (C+34c)
3 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe 1653 5-3-18 31.875" 950.0Hz (Bb+33)
4 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe 1658 7-2-21 35.375" 897.0Hz (A+33c)
5 Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester 1716 9-1-17 37.75" 799.0Hz (G+33c)
6 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe 1676 12-0-26 41.75" 712.0Hz (F+33c)

Allesley, All Saints, West Midlands

Allesley Bells: 8; 12-0-0 in G#
Grid Reference/Map: 140/302806
Postcode: CV5 9ES
District: Coventry
Peals: Felstead Database
Recording: - before restoration
- after restoration
Practice Night: Tuesday 7:30pm-9:00pm
Service Ringing: 9:30am - 10:00am & 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Recommended Pub The Rainbow, 73 Birmingham Rd, Allesley, Coventry CV5 9GT Phone: 024 7640 7957
Contacts: Mrs L Grove 22 Wingrave Close, Allesley, Coventry CV5 9BT
Michael Chester Click to Email

History

On the North West edge of Coventry this is a pleasant village that is just separate from the city itself. Of Norman origin, the church has been much altered, a major restoration taking place in mid-Victorian times. There is plenty of parking behind the church, up the small road, Rectory Road, opposite "The Rainbow", a pub that is the ringers' "apres ring" venue.

There are 8 bells - the 8¼cwt anticlockwise 5 being completely rehung clockwise and augmented by adding a tenor and recasting the (15th Century!) 3rd in 1901; two trebles being added to complete the octave in 1946/7, at which time the existing 6 bells were rehung on ball bearings using the original headstocks. The "new" trebles occupy the pits for the existing trebles; these being hung in two parallel "lowside" pits installed above the original frame. The bells were cast in late 1946 and hung in 1947.

During 2011 replacement bells for the tonally weak third and fourth were installed.  The existing third was been sold to the Keltek Trust and bellhanger Matthew Higby hung it as the treble of five at Little Bedwyn at Easter 2014. The fourth has been hung dead as a service bell in the upper level of the frame. In November 2016 the tonally weak 6th bell was replaced by a bell that was rescued by the Keltek Trust and Taylors from the redundant church of Holy Trinity, Bury.  The previous bell is intended to become a clock bell in the near future.

Entrance is by an outside door on the south side of the tower. Remember to duck if you are tall!

The frequency of the tenor has been measured and it equates to G#-47c and therefore the ring is in G# and not G as has always previously been stated.

Details of the bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1946 3-0-23 23.50" 1619.5Hz (G#-45c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1946 3-2-00 24.50" 1529.5Hz (Fx-44c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 2011 3-1-21 25.50" 1358.0Hz (E#-49c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 2011 3-3-21 26.875" 1214.0Hz (D#-43c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1901 5-0-27 30.00" 1077.5Hz (C#-49c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughbrough 1907 6-2-13 32.50" 1019.7Hz (B#-45c)
7 Newcombe, Leicester 1610 8-0-21 35.75" 906.5Hz (A#-49c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1901 12-0-00 40.75" 808.5Hz (G#-47c)
Service Thomas Newcombe, Leicester 1580 3-3-08 26.50" 1202.5Hz (D#-59c)
Clock Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1708 5-3-27 32.00" 1016.5Hz (B#-51c)
Prev. 3rd Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1708 3-0-15 25.50" 1357.0Hz (E#-50c)

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Alveston, St James, Warwickshire

Alveston Bells: 6; 7½cwt in A
Grid Reference/Map 151/232563
Postcode: CV37 7QJ
District: Warwick
Peals: Felstead Database
Recording:
Practice Night: Wednesday 7:30-9:00pm
Service Ringing: Not Known
Recommended Pub The Ferry,Ferry Lane, Alveston, Warwickshire, CV37 7QX Tel: 01789 269883
Contacts: Julia Lucas, Baracot, Wellesbourne Road, Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon,  Warks, CV37 7RQ. Tel: 01789 299577 Click to Email

History

This church is set in a lovely rural location just outside Stratford upon Avon. There has been a sympathetic restoration project in the recent past that has made the bells no longer a trip up a vertical ladder to ring! The three largest bells originally hung in the tower of the old church at Alveston and they were transferred to the present building in 1839. The frame is based on a cast iron H-frame by Barwell, installed when the bells were augmented to four by them in 1912. It was was extended by Taylors at the 1965 augmentation. They used lowside frames on the same level as the Barwell frame. The 5th cracked in 1977 and was welded by Soundweld in 1980.

The 20th century bells were cast flat headed and the canons have been removed from the older bells. The back four retain their Barwell fittings, the two trebles having contemporary Taylor fittings. They are a pleasant ring of 6 that the local ringers have stated in the past that they would like to augment to a heavier 8, though tower considerations might make this difficult. Nothing has been heard about this proposal in recent times.

Parking is to be made carefully on the road in front of the church

Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1965 3-0-20 24.375" 1476.0Hz (F#-5c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1965 3-2-22 26.00" 1317.0Hz (E-2c)
3 James Barwell & Co, Birmingham 1912 4cwt 28.25" 1163.0Hz (D-17c)
4 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe 1658 5¼cwt 30.50" 1103.0Hz (C#-9c)
5 Henry Farmer, Gloucester 1616 6-2-20 32.75" 980.0Hz (B-14c)
6 Richard Sanders, Bromsgrove 1729 7½cwt 36.50" 882.0Hz (A+4c)

Ansley, St Lawrence, Warwickshire

Ansley Bells: 6; 8-1-4 in G#
Grid Reference/Map 140/290926
Postcode: CV10 0QR
District: Coventry
Peals: Felstead Database
Recording:
Practice Night: Tuesday 7:45pm
Service Ringing: Sunday 10:40am
Recommended Pub: The Admiral Lord Nelson, Birmingham Rd, Ansley, Nuneaton CV10 9PQ. Tel:024 7639 2305
(Opposite end of the village to the church, at the junction with Nuthurst Crescent).
Contact: Mr A Truelove, Merry Brook Cottage, Hood Lane, Ansley, Nuneaton CV10 9ND

History

The village of Ansley moved about a mile away from the church when the plague struck Warwickshire, (you can s till see traces of the buildings from the air) and therefore don't look in the present village for it! It is in Church End to the North West of the village at the junction of the B4112 and B4114. Notice the number of differing roof levels.

Formerly a ring of 3 these bells were rehung and augmented to 6 in 1976/7 and are a pleasant ring of 6 in good condition. The old frame is still in situ above the new one. It is a tall frame made of oak, consisting of cills, main braces, king posts, corner posts, and long frame heads. The old bells have had their canons removed, the trebles cast flat headed. The new frame is a composite "lowside" frame, with steel cills and frameheads with intermediate cast iron braces

Entrance is from inside the church via the south door. Make sure that you are told the combination for the alarm system if you are given a key to let yourself in! There is a car park on the south side of the church.

Please note that the church's website states that the dedication is "St Laurence" - this is not correct according to the Diocesan website and also Crockford's.

Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1976 3-0-24 25.00" 1368.0Hz (E#-36c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1976 4-0-04 27.00" 1220.0Hz (D#-34c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1976 4-3-11 29.00" 1086.0Hz (C#-36c)
4 Thomas Newcombe II, Leicester c.1580 5-2-03 31.375" 1026.0Hz (B#-34c)
5 George Oldfield I, Nottingham 1669 6-0-21 34.125" 915.0Hz (A#-32c)
6 Robert, Thomas & William Newcombe, Leicester 1609 8-1-04 37.25" 814.0Hz (G#-35c)

Arley, St Wilfred, Warwickshire

Arley Bells: 6; 7-0-12 in Ab (GF)
Grid ReferenceMap: 140/283906
Postcode: CV7 8RD
District: Coventry
Peals: Felstead Database
Recording:
Practice Night: None
Service Ringing: None 
Recommended Pub: Wagon Load of Lime, Ansley Lane, Arley, CV7 8FU Tel: 01676 540831
Contact: Revd Peter Allen 024 7639 9070

History

One of many nice villages near to Coventry. The church is on the main road in OLD ARLEY, there being no ring of bells in New Arley. A nice compact church where you ring from the ground floor behind the organ.

The H frame and fittings are by Taylor, 1929 - but the back three are fitted with wooden stocks and not cast iron ones as are the trebles. The three old bells retain their canons, the trebles being cast flat headed. The tenor has been long said to be in the key of Ab, but is actually A-12c

Entrance is through the main door on the south side of the church. There is some parking just below the church on the south side in a grassed area, plus careful parking on the road by the church.

Details of the bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1929 2-3-14 23.50" 1468.0Hz (F#-14c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1929 3-0-14 25.00" 1309.5Hz (E-12c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1929 3-3-11 27.00" 1167.0Hz (D-11c)
4 Robert Newcombe, Leicester c.1570 4-0-03 27.875" 1100.0Hz (c#-14c)
5 Hugh Watts II, Leicester 1625 4-3-26 30.75" 965.0Hz (B-40c)
6 Edward Arnold, Leicester 1790 7-0-12 33.625" 874.0Hz (A-12c)

 

Ashow, The Assumption of Our Lady, Warwickshire

Ashow Bells: 4; 6cwt in B (GF)
Grid Reference/Map: 140/312702
Postcode: CV8 2LE
District: Coventry
Peals: None
Recording:
Practice Night: None
Service Ringing: None
Recommended Pub: There is no pub in the village - choose one based on your next tower, or go to Baginton or Kenilworth.
Stoneleigh does not have a pub either, only a social club.
Contact: