Warwick, All Ssints, Emscote, Warwickshire

Emscote Bells: 8, 16-1-18 in F#
Grid Reference: 151/296658
Postcode: CV34 5Nl
District: Warwick
Peals: Felstead Database
Date Lost: 1967
Other Information: Church Website

History

The tower and spire here were added in 1872 to the original church of 1854-6. It was paid for by Miss Marianne Philips of Leamington. Miss Philips also gave the bells, six in 1876 and two more in 1885. The bells were rung from the ground floor and hung in a three tier frame, with nos 1 and 4 on top, 2, 3 5 and 6 in the middle, and 7 and 8 below. Eight peals were rung here between 1886 and 1910, 4 of Stedman Tripes, 3 of Grandsire Triples and one of Plain Bob Major. 

The tower was said to have been weakened by bomb damage in the air raids which devastated Coventry in November 1940 and the bells were little rung after World War II. The bells were taken down in 1967 and sold to Taylors for scrap. The church was demolished in 1968 - the tower initially "surviving" an attempt to blow it up.  The bells were taken to Loughborough to be stored, "Until a decision is taken about their future". An article in the Coventry Evening Telegraph at the time states that the churchwardens had appealed for £2000 in 1922 for urgent repairs to the tower, which was in danger of serious damage every time the bells were rung - this amount was never raised. The article further states that Taylors advised in 1948 that is was "a waste of time re-hanging the bells". Finally it says that Mr King, churchwarden and chairman of the project committee, says that bells would be installed in the new church, but whether it would be a peel (sic) of eight depended on the architects. There are no bells installed in the new church - which is shown in the main pciture.

Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1885 4-1-19 26.25"
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1885 4-1-11 27.00"
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1876 5-2-05 29.50"
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1876 5-3-25 31.50"
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1876 7-3-04 34.50"
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1876 8-3-14 36.25"
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1876 10-3-04 39.25"
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1878 16-1-18 44.375"