Monks Kirby, St Edith, Warwickshire

Monks Kirby Bells: 8; 24-2-7 in D
Grid Reference: 140/463831
Postcode: CV23 0RE
District: Rugby
Peals: Felstead Database
Practice Night: Tuesday 7:45pm-9:15pm
Service Ringing: On rota - check with ringers
Recommended Pub: Denbigh Arms, Main Street, Monks Kirby, CV23 0QX. Tel: 01788 832303  or
The Bell Inn, Bell Lane, Monks Kirby, CV23 0QY. Tel: 01788 832352
Contact: Mrs Gillian Stocks Peter Hall, Peter Hall Lane, Coombefields, Coventry CV2 2DR Click to Email

History Of The Bells

Found just off the Fosse Way this is a very impressive church that dominates the village. As its name implies it used to be a monastery, but Henry VIII saw to that! The parish church is what remains, there being archaeological evidence of further buildings such as cloisters. The entrance is inside, through the South Door, but linger to look at the church itself before climbing the stairs. Locally the church is often known as St Editha, as is Tamworth, for instance.

The bells themselves are magnificent and should be on any itinerary of this area. The then anticlockwise 6 were hung in a new, clockwise, cast iron lowside frame with new fittings by Taylors, 1921. At the same time all 6 existing bells were quarter turned. The bells had been previously rehung by John Over of Rugby in 1795. In the mid-1970s everything was getting in a pretty neglected state and the bells were seldom rung, but they have overhauled since the tower has had an active band. The seventh was previously cast in 1707 by Abraham Rudall, but required recasting some 34 years later.

The Denbigh Arms opposite the church is not just somewhere to park your car. It has nice food and a good selection of real ale!

Details Of The Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1921 6-0-20 30.375" 1158.0Hz (D-28c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1921 7-3-00 32.625" 1095.0Hz (C#-22c)
3 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe 1640 8-0-17 34.44" 974.0Hz (B-24c)
4 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1711 9-0-23 37.06" 870.0Hz (A-20c)
5 Worcester foundry c.1400 12-3-10 41.375" 775.0Hz (G-20c)
6 Hugh Watts II, Leicester 1623 16-0-16 44.25" 730.0Hz (F#-24c)
7 Thomas Eayre, Kettering 1741 19-2-17 48.25" 651.0Hz (E-22c)
8 Hugh Watts II, Leicester 1618 24-2-07 52.375" 579.5Hz (D-23c)


In the Ringing Room