Whichford, St Michael, Warwickshire

Whichford Bells: 8; 12-3-23 in G (GF)
Grid Reference/Map: 151/312346
Postcode: CV36 5PG
District: Warwick
Peals: Felstead Database
Practice Night: Tuesday 7:30pm-9:00pm (2nd & 4th Tuesday, others at Long Compton)
Service Ringing: Not Known
Recommended Pub: The Norman Knight, Ascott Road, Whichford, CV36 5PE (opposite the village green) Tel: 01608 684621
(There are pitches for 5 caravans at this pub - see the website for details)
Contact: Peter Kenealy, Marsh Farm, Oakfield Manor, Shipston-on-Stour, CV36 5HG Click to Email

History of the Bells

Set right in the south of the Diocese, these bells were rehung in an 6 bell frame, set up to allow for 8 in 1904, many years followed this before the two trebles were added, (in 1998). They go well and sound likewise.

The sixth is the sole survivor of a ring of five bells that was put up in 1695. By 1890 there were 5 bells, four by Bagley and a Taylor of Oxford tenor, it being a recast in 1848 of the Bagley tenor bell. A new clock and treble bell were given by Robert Wincott of Ascott (a hamlet within the parish) in 1891, the bell being by Gillett and Johnston of Croydon and weighing 4-0-21.

In 1904 Taylors incorporated the two tenors into a new, remodelled, ring of 6, recasting the other four and making the ring heavier. The bells were hung in a cast iron H-frame set out for 8 bells and the old bells were quarter turned. This was done using the money from a donation of £300 for "improving the bells" from Richard Badger, Esq of Eastbourne in Sussex, formerly of Shipston on Stour.

There is a 13.50" Sanctus bell of 1706 by William Bagley. It alone has canons, those on 6 & 7 having been removed and the others cast with flat tops. Note that the sixth is lighter than both the fourth and fifth.

The 6 "original" bells that were still on plain bearings were put onto ball bearings in early 2003.

Enter by the west door of the tower, not via the church itself. Park in the road beside the church.

Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd, Loughborough 1998 3-2-00 24.50" 1533.0Hz (G-39c)
2 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd, Loughborough 1998 3-2-23 25.125" 1440.0Hz (F#-47c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1904 4-1-01 27.25" 1286.0Hz (E-43c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1904 5-0-01 29.06" 1152.0Hz (D-34c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1904 5-3-20 31.625" 1025.0Hz (C-36c)
6 William Bagley, Chacombe 1695 4-3-26 31.25" 964.0Hz (B-42c)
7 William Taylor, Oxford 1848 6-2-08 35.125" 864.0Hz (A-32c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1904 12-3-23 41.75" 768.0Hz (G-36c)