Nuneaton, St Nicolas, Warwickshire

Nuneaton Bells: 8; 14-1-5 in E
Grid Reference: 140/366916
Postcode: CV11 4AT
District: Coventry
Peals: Felstead Database
Recording:
Practice Night: None
Service Ringing: None
Recommended Pub The Felix Holt, 3 Stratford Street Nuneaton Warwickshire CV11 5BS Tel: 024 7634 7785 or
The William White, 42 Newdegate Street Nuneaton Warwickshire CV11 4EU Tel: 024 7664 2670
The Horseshoes, 2 Heath End Rd, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV10 7JQ Tel: 024 7767 5066
(on the north edge of the town, near the George Eliot Hospital).
Contact: Peter Rogers 22 Gloucester Close, Nuneaton Warwickshire, CV11 6FU Tel: 024 7634 0344  Click to Email

History Of The Bells

The entrance up to a pleasant ring of bells is on the South side of the tower. These were a 6 by Rudhall, 1703 with the tenor recast in 1725 and the (then) second in 1809 In 1873 the tenor was again recast, as were the (now) 3rd and 5th, as well as the addition of the two trebles. The cost of the 5 new bells was £301 10s. Tilley and Walters note that the two tenors were again rehung by Warners in c.1892. It is noted also that the previous tenor was cracked on 3rd November 1872 when being rung for Sunday service. The cause is said to be that the clapper had been repaired previously by the local blacksmith, but made too heavy for the bell.

A curious installation - part of the frame is by John Over of Rugby 1809, but the central section (four parallel pits) was removed when Taylors installed four "H" frame pits in 1908. Fittings are mainly by Warner 1873, but ball bearings were fitted by Taylors in 1955.

It is worth mentioning the gravestone in the churchyard - quite easy to find- to David Wheway, a ringer who died in 1828. It has an interesting verse containing ringing analogies.

This church used to have many peals rung on its bells but house building nearby means that permission to ring peals has not normally been given for some years

A very obvious church on the main road through the town by a roundabout. Coming from the Coventry side on the A444 you will turn right at a roundabout (ignore the Through Routes to the left sign) and see it. From the A5 side on the A444 you will be directed past the church. There is a Pay and Display car park on the North side of the church. There is also a new church car park at the east end of the church - ensure that you arrange to have it open and left open until after the end of your visit.

Details Of The Bells
1 John Warner, London 1873 5cwt 28.50" 1314.0Hz (E-6c)
2 John Warner, London 1873 5½cwt 30.00" 1221.0Hz (D#-33c)
3 Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester 1703 5¾cwt 31.50" 1100.0Hz (C#-14c)
4 John Briant, Hertford 1809 7cwt 34.00" 983.0Hz (B-8c)
5 John Warner, London 1873 8½cwt 36.00" 868.5Hz (A-23c)
6 Abraham Rudhall, Gloucester 1703 9½cwt 37.50" 816.5Hz (G#-30c)
7 John Warner, London 1873 11cwt 40.00" 723.0Hz (F#-40c)
8 John Warner, London 1873 14-1-14 44.50" 646.5Hz (E-34c)