Leek Wootton, All Saints, Warwickshire

Leek Wootton Bells: 6; 7-3-4 in A - Anticlockwise
Grid Reference: 151/289687
Postcode: CV35 7RT
District: Coventry
Peals: Felstead Database
Recording: The Ring of 5
The Ring of 6
Practice Night: Tuesday 7:30pm-8:30pm
Service Ringing: Sunday 9:00am-9:30am
Recommended Pub: The Saxon Mill, Coventry Road, Guys Cliffe, Warwick, CV34 5YN Tel: 01926 492255
Contact: Mr M Sayers, 36 The Hamlet, Leek Wootton, Warwick CV35 6QW Email

History Of The Bells

Two trebles were added to the existing three bells by John Briant in 1793, the same year as he provided a ring of four for the nearby church at Ashow. These were hung in a wooden frame (anti-clockwise circle) that is contemporary with the tower and made by William Steel Senior in 1791-2. Fittings were replaced by J.E. Groves of Birmingham, 1921 and ball bearings were supplied by Taylors in 1966. Taylors also replaced the headstock on the third in 1983. The canons were removed from all the bells and the given weights of the trebles, prior to the recent augmentation scheme, are those before their removal. All the bells had been quarter turned, the tenor, a listed bell, a further eighth turned.

The bells ring quite well, but are a little loud in the ringing room. The previous tenor is one of the oldest bells in the Diocese. Chris Pickford's records have the tenor at 7cwt, but Dove suggested it was 8cwt. In fact, both were over-estimations when the bell was weight accurately. In June 2015 the bells were rehung in the existing frame and augmented to 6, an extra frame for one bell being added. The new treble was cast in October 2014 and the other bells taken to the foundry in January 2015.  The existing 2nd became the 3rd of 6 in the new frame, which is above the existing frame; the treble was moved into the pit of the current second and the new treble into the pit of the existing treble.  As you can see from the table, the previously published weights to vary from those measured on receipt at the foundry. The tenor was retired to become a clock bell and the former 7th from Great St Mary's church in Cambridge was purchased as a replacement for it.,

The tuned weights and frequencies are in the table. The change to the previous tenor is due to increased accuracy of measurement.

This church is easy to spot, especially from the North on the A46, just before the Warwick turn off as it is built on a slight hill. It is on the main road through the village. You get to the church via a small road just to the north of the church. You will find a small church car park at the east end of the church. Entry is via a door on the south side of the tower.

Details Of The Bells
"As recieved
Diameter Previous
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 2014 ------  ------  3-1-24 24.50"  ------ ------ 1494.0Hz (F#+16c)
2 John Briant, Hertford 1793 3-3-24 3-3-06 3-3-00 26.125" 1344.0Hz (E+33c) 1331.7Hz (E+17c)
3 John Briant, Hertford 1793 4-0-18 3-3-23 3-3-10 27.625" 1231.0Hz (D#-19c) 1189.6Hz (D+22c)
4 Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester 1703 4¾cwt 4-0-17 3-3-15 28.00" 1149.5Hz (C#+63c) 1122.4Hz (C#+21c)
5 Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester 1703 5½cwt 5-1-00 5-0-07 30.75" 1009.5Hz (B+38c) 997.6Hz (B+17c) 
6 John Taylor & Co Loughborough 1923 8-0-10 ------  7-3-04 34.875" ------  ------ 887.3Hz (A+14c)
Clock John De Stafford, Leicester c.1360 7cwt 6-1-16 Untuned 33.875" 888.0Hz (A+16c) 891.5Hz (A+22c)