Stoneleigh, St Mary, Warwickshire

Stoneleigh Bells: 6; 10-2-14 in G
Grid Reference: 140/330726
Postcode: CV8 3DN
District: Coventry
Peals: Felstead Database
Practice Night: Thursday 7:30pm-9:00pm
Service Ringing: 10:15am-11:00am. Except 1st Sunday (Check)
Recommended Pub: There is no pub in the village, though local ringers might well take you to the social club on a practice night!
Otherwise, look for a pub at the next or previous tower.
Contact: Bob Taylor, 9 Daventry Road, Cheylsmore, Coventry, CV3 5DJ. Tel: 024 7650 3712 or 07979868260 Click to Email

History of the Bells

A very pleasant village near to the National Agricultural Centre that hosts the Royal Show. Formerly having a somewhat paternalistic Leigh family, up at the Abbey means that there is no pub in the village, only a club. Following the signs from the A46, as you enter the village centre you bear to the right and quickly turn left towards the church. Limited parking is available by the churchyard gate. Entry is via the west tower door and thence up a wooden staircase to the ringing room.

The third bell, which is listed, has the initials "R K" on the waist of the bell and these are presumed to be those of Richard Kidderminster, last abbot of Winchcombe, who held office from 1488 to 1531. It is also presumed that this bell was initially cast by John Wooley, then a servant to the Selioks in Nottingham and later in business by himself, for Winchcombe Abbey. The Briant bell is similarly thought to be a recasting of a bell from the Abbey.

Tilley and Walters noted that the five bells were "fixed dead, with hammers, and never rung". The bells now go well, the then five bells being rehung in a six-bell cast iron lowside frame by Taylors in 1956 and the treble being added in 1962-3. The treble was cast with a flat top and the canons have been retained on the other bells, these having canon retaining headstocks. They also have been quarter turned.

Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1962 4-0-06 26.50" 1318.0Hz (E-1c)
2 Thomas Eayre I, Kettering 1752 5-3-19 31.00" 1176.0Hz (D+2c)
3 John Wooley Nottingham c.1525 5-1-23 31.50" 1047.0Hz (C+1c)
4 Hugh Watts, Leicester 1632 6-0-15 32.00" 988.0Hz (B+0c)
5 John Briant, Hertford 1792 7-3-02 35.50" 881.0Hz (A+2c)
6 Hugh Watts, Leicester 1632 10-2-14 39.25" 782.0Hz (G-4c)