Corley, (Dedication Unknown), Warwickshire

Corley Bells: 5; 5-1-16 in C (GF) - Rung from the Nave.
Grid Reference: 140/301851
Postcode: CV7 8BB
District: Coventry
Peals: Felstead Database
Practice Night: None
Service Ringing: None
Recommended Pub: Bull and Butcher, Common Lane, Corley, Coventry, West Midlands, CV7 8AQ. Tel: 01676 540241
Contacts: Revd Ian Kennedy, Fillongley Vicarage, Holbeche Crescent, Fillongley, Coventry CV7 8ES Tel. 01676 540320
Mr Jim Green, Roxana, Tamworth Road, Corley, Coventry Tel 01676 540579 Click to Email

History Of The Bells

This church is unusual in that is has bells but no tower! They are hung above the Nave in the roof beams and have a wooden structure with louvres and a sort of cupola to protect them from the elements. This means that the ropes fall in the Nave and the only way to get to the east end of the church is through the rope circle - interesting when you are ringing! The Church is Norman in foundation, extended in Victorian times and is still very small, but pretty to look at.

The bells themselves could not be described as the most tuneful around; they do not conform to any standard musical scale as they were left untuned when restored in 1937, as the architect wished to preserve, "the plaintive tone of Corley bells. They do handle quite well, though watch your head of the pulpit when ringing the second! The fourth is an old bell, cast some time in the late 14th century. The front 4 are relatively to a scale, but the tenor is noticeably sharp. The cast iron H frame and fittings are by Taylors, 1937. At this time the cracked Henry Bagley II of Ecton bell, cast in 1702, was recast. The old bells retain their canons, the new one, (tuned to be half way between the 2nd and 4th, they not being in tune with each other), is flat topped. The four old bells were quarter turned at the time of the restoration.

Click here to view Bill Hibbert's tonal analysis of the bells.

The entrance is on the North side of the nave. Parking should be made with care as the road in front of the church is quite busy - try up the side instead. Look for the way up to the bells beside the organ - not the easiest climb to view bells! 

Details Of The Bells
1 Hugh Watts II, Leicester 1641 1-3-24 21.375" 1456.8Hz (F#-27c)
2 John De Colsale c.1410 2-2-05 24.25" 1346.0Hz (E+36c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1937 3-1-26 25.875" 1257.0Hz (D#17c)
4 Mediaeval c.1500 4-1-14 28.75" 1126.0Hz (C#+27c)
5 Thomas Hancox, Walsall 1631 5-1-16 31.00" 1041.0Hz (C-9c)