Halford, Our Blessed Lady, Warwickshire

Halford Bells: 6; 7-2-16 in A (GF)
Grid Reference: 151/258456
Postcode: CV36 5BT
District: Warwick
Peals: Felstead Database
Practice Night: None
Service Ringing: None
Recommended Pub: The Halford, Fosse Way, Halford, Warwickshire CV36 5BN. Tel: 01789 748217
Contact: Peter Richardson Tel: 01789 740024

 

History Of The Bells

This is a really nice little Warwickshire church! It is situated to the west side of the A429. Turn in by the pub. Until recently these were an unringable 3, but were augmented in 1996 by the addition of the treble and second from the old three at Little Packington. They were last rehung by Bond of Burford in around 1883.

Examining the bells weights will show a somewhat unusual weight distribution. Nevertheless a pleasant country ring of 5 was created. The announcement of a Millennium grant meant that these become a ring of 6, the treble being dedicated on 30th July 2000. The fourth is believed to be the oldest inscribed bell in the county - of early C14th date. The fifth is a recast of a mid-fifteenth century bell by a London founder.

Previously they hung in a two tier frame, the old treble being right at the top of the tower. The lower frame was incorporated in present arrangements - containing bells 2 and 5 - the others being hung in a new cast iron frame of 1995 below. The old fittings were by Bond of Burford 1883. The new bell was cast with a flat top, the canons have been removed from the fourth, the rest retain their canons. Bells 2, 3 & 5 have been quarter turned, the tenor eight turned and the fourth turned by an unknown amount, it having been turned more than once.

Limited parking is available by the churchyard gate. Enter by the north door.  

Details Of The Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 2000 2-0-18 22.00" 1460.0Hz (F#+24c)
2 Thomas Newcombe, Leicester c.1580 2-0-18 23.25" 1308.0Hz (E-14c)
3 Edward Newcombe & Hugh Watts I, Leicester c.1595 2-2-14 25.00" 1156.0Hz (D-28c)
4 Unknown C14th 6-1-14 61.25" 1094.0Hz (C#-23c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1883 6-2-22 32.25" 972.0Hz (B-28c)
6 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe 1639 7-2-16 35.50" 866.0Hz (A-28c)