Upper Shuckburgh, St John the Baptist, Warwickshire

Upper Shuckburgh Bells: 4, 6½cwt in A
Grid Reference: 139/160867
Postcode: NN11 6DS
District: Warwick
Peals: None
Date Lost 1999

History

The church is in the grounds of Shuckburgh hall. The lower stage of the tower is 13th century and the upper two stages are 18th century. The rest of the church was largely rebuilt in Victorian times.

Originally installed as a ring of four by William Watson of Napton in 1864, but Taylors replaced the fittings of the two larger bells in 1874. The bells were converted to a chime in 1999 by Andrew Nicholson, who overhauled the headstocks and ironwork and fitted trigger action Ellacombe chiming hammers. The work involved the removal of all old cast-in crown staples with the bells remaining in the tower, hanging the bells dead for stationary chiming using trigger action Ellacombe hammers in conjunction with a new oak chiming frame and undertaking a full restoration of the turret clock which had been out of use for very many years, the clock being arranged to strike the hours upon the tenor bell as well as driving the external dial.

This church is very unusual in that it is a "Peculiar" and is owned by the local landowner, rather than by the Church of England.

Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1864 4-0-24 
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1864 4-2-00 
3 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe 1640 5¼cwt 
4 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe 1651 6½cwt