Church Lawford, St Peter, Warwickshire

Church Lawford Bells: 6; 7-3-5 in Bb (GF)
Grid Reference: 140/454763
Postcode: CV23 9EG
District: Rugby
Peals: Felstead Database
Recording:
Practice Night: Thursday 7:30pm-9:00pm
Service Ringing: Morning Service on rota
Recommended Pub: The Old Smithy, 1 Green Lane, Church Lawford, Rugby, Warkwickshire, CV23 9EF. Tel: 024 7654 2333
Contact: Mrs J Dew, Hillcrest, Rugby Road, Church Lawford, Rugby, Warks CV23 9EL

History Of The Bells

A nice village on the A428 Coventry to Rugby Road a little before Rugby itself. Turn off the main road, signed Church Lawford NOT Long Lawford which is closer to Rugby and which does not have a ring of bells, go into the village and the church is at the end of a dead end street, (unsurprisingly called Church Road!), off to your right. It is a very sturdy looking tower and the church is well kept.

Before the rebuilding of the church in 1872 there were three bells, a treble dated 1741, middle bell that was mediaeval and tenor by Hugh Watts of Leicester 1621 which weighed 4-3-14. In 1872 three new heavier bells were cast by Taylors and the original tenor made into the treble of four. All this cost the princely sum of £189 9s 7d.

The bells go well, being rung from the ground floor. Cast iron "H" frame and fittings are by Taylors, 1937. At this time the treble of the existing ring of 4 was recast and two trebles added and a new frame and fittings were provided. The 1872 bells have been quarter turned and their canons have been removed.  The three trebles were cast with flat tops.

Parking in on the grass by the churchyard gate - careful if it has been wet as you might get stuck - I did!. Entry is by the North door.

The recent plan for an airport in this area which would, in the event of it being approved, mean the demolition of this village. Has been dropped and the future is now secure for this church. 

Details Of The Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1937 3-1-20 24.50" 1553.0Hz (G-17c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1937 3-3-10 26.00" 1393.0Hz (F-5c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1937 4-1-09 27.625" 1232.0Hz (Eb-17c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1872 4-3-20 29.625" 1162.0Hz (D-19c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1872 5-0-22 31.50" 1036.0Hz (C-17c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1872 7-3-05 35.375" 923.5Hz (Bb-16c)