Withybrook, All Saints, Warwickshire

Withybrook Bells: 4; 8cwt in Ab (GF)
Grid Reference: 140/437841
Postcode: CV7 9LP
District: Coventry
Peals: None
Practice Night: Not Known
Service Ringing: Not Known
Recommended Pub: The Pheasant, Main Street, Withybrook, Coventry, West Midlands, CV7 9LT. Tel: 01455 220 480
Contact: Gerald Trevor 11 Hall Lane, Wolvey, Nr Hinckley, Leics LE10 3LF

History of the Bells

A delightful village setting by a stream. Find the church on a 90 degree bend on the main road, behind the Pheasant Pub, (that is worth visiting in itself). Leave your car here as the narrow road down the right side of the pub to the church has no parking or turning space at the end.

The bells are an old fashioned set that did take some ringing, but were by no means unringable. They have recently had a fine iron rope guide added and the pullies overhauled and therefore go a bit better than previously. They hang in an oak frame from c.1820, with fittings by Barwell, 1907. The three cracked trebles, Robert(?) Newcombe of Leicester, 1582, Bryan Eldridge of Coventry, 1656 and John Martin of Worcester, 1654 were all recast at this time. Tilley and Walters state that these bells were cracked, the second and third being so by 1876. The treble was one of the earliest dated bells in the county. The tenor retains its canons and has been quarter turned, the others were cast with flat tops.

The 15th Century tower is, unusually, on the North-West side of the church. There is also an unusual Easter Sepulchre beside the altar - the host and wine used in mediaeval times be "buried" in it between Good Friday and Easter Sunday Entry is via the south door. If you want to go up to the bells be careful as the stairs are rather worn.

Details of the Bells
1 James Barwell & Co, Birmingham 1907 4cwt 28.25" 1148.0Hz (Db+60c)
2 James Barwell & Co, Birmingham 1907 5½cwt 29.00" 1081.0Hz (C+56c)
3 James Barwell & Co, Birmingham 1907 6cwt 33.00" 960.0Hz (Bb+51c)
4 Newcombe, Leicester 1612 8cwt 36.50" 850.0Hz (Ab+40c)

Inscriptions
1 BARWELL   FOUNDER   BIRMINGHAM
Waist: CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT OF HAPPISFORD ESQUIRE 1582 / RECAST 1907
2 BARWELL   FOUNDER   BIRMINGHAM
Waist: BRYANVS ELDRIDGE ME FECIT 1656 /  RECAST 1907 / IN MEMORIAM A.C. DALZIEL ESQ: OF IRVINE. N.B.
3 BARWELL   FOUNDER   BIRMINGHAM
Waist:  SOLI DEO GLORIA PAX HOMINIBVS 1654 / RECAST 1907
4 +  BE · YT · KNOWNE · TO · ALL · THAT · DOTH · ME · SEE · THAT · NEWCOMBE · OF · LEICESTER · MADE · MEE ·  1612 (vine border)