Aston Cantlow, St John the Baptist, Warwickshire

Aston Cantlow Bells: 6; 14-0-14 in F
Grid Reference: 151/138598
Postcode: B95 6JB
District: Warwick
Peals: Felstead Database
Practice Night: Wednesday 7:30pm-9:00pm (Exc. 1st - which is at Salford Priors)
Service Ringing: 10.45am-11.15am (1st & 3rd) + festivals (Check)
Recommended Pub: The King's Head, 21 Bearley Road, Aston Cantlow, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 6HY Tel:01789 488242
Contact: Mr J Martin Millbank, Mill Lane, Aston Cantlow, Warwickshire B95 6JP. Tel: 01789 488376 Mob. 0783149566 Click to Email


Famed as the church where Shakespeare's parents were married in 1557, this is a very pleasant village with a nice ring of bells.

The seventeenth century, c.1625 oak frame was extended in 1924 using a cast iron frame section when Charles Carr of Smethwick added a treble to make six. Carr had a country cottage in the village. Further restoration was undertaken by Taylors in 1957 when the treble was recast. This is the only bell that does not have canons. The four tenors were eighth turned and the second quarter turned. Apart from the bearings, the Carr fittings were reused.

The entrance is from inside the church. The old, rather scary, wooden ladder has recently been replaced by a spiral staircase.

Parking is reasonably easy nearby.

Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1957 5-2-17 29.625" 1161.0Hz (D-20c)
2 Thomas Hancox, Walsall 1629 7-0-24 33.25" 1034.0Hz (C-21c)
3 Thomas Hancox, Walsall 1626 7-3-10 33.75" 921.0Hz (Bb-21c)
4 Thomas Hancox, Walsall 1626 9-1-27 35.50" 873.0Hz (A-14c)
5 Worcester Foundry c.1410 12-1-07 40.75" 774.0Hz (G-22c)
6 Richard Keene, Woodstock 1681 14-0-14 43.75" 690.0Hz (F-21c)