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ALDERMINSTER, St Mary & The Holy Cross 6: 12-0-26 in F

Grid Reference 151/230486 Alderminster - Source: David Kelly
Postcode B49 5AJ
Recording
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday None
Practice None

History

This is a central towered church on the main road through the village. It was situated in an exclave of Worcestershire until it was transferred to Warwickshire in 1931.

The bells are rung from a ringing chamber with quite a low ceiling and are very loud inside. They go quite well. The 6-bell frame is believed to be by Alfred White in the 1870s, he was certainly at the church in 1873 (CJP), though the treble pit remained empty. The fittings are by Taylors in 1939 when the treble was finally added. The treble is flat headed, the fifth has had its canons removed and the rest have metal headstocks with a wooden pad between it and the canons. The back five have all been one-eighth turned.  The restoration was reported in The Ringing World of June 30th 1939, the fact that the county had changed 8 years previously being ignored!:

"A WORCESTERSHIRE RESTORATION.
The culmination of a long worked for restoration scheme at Alderminster, Worcestershire, was reached on June 7th, when the former five bells were rededicated and a treble bell was dedicated by the Lord Bishop of Coventry at a special service. Of the old peal, the treble and 4th were cast by Abraham Rudhall in 1714 and 1716 respectively, the other three being by Harry Bagley, of Chacombe. The old timber bell frame was becoming rickety and the ringing of the bells was not an easy matter. This frame work has been preserved, and the results of the work of the bell hangers, Messrs. John Taylor and Co., of Loughborough, speak for themselves. As the frame was designed to carry six bells, a new treble bell has been added to complete the ring of six. By paying special attention to the tuning of the old bells, Messrs. Taylor have effected a very good splice.
The weight of the tenor is 12ΒΌ cwt. and the ease with which it was possible to ring the bells astounded the local men, which is not surprising, considering the hard and difficult task they had to face before the rehanging. Quite a number of neighbouring ringers took the opportunity of trying the newly-hung bells. Mr. J. P. Fidler, of Loughborough, was amongst those present."

The first peal on the bells was rung on 25th March 1940:

 

The inscriptions of the five old bells are given in HB Walters' "Church Bells of Worcestershire"

The 1939 treble is inscribed:

A THANKOFFERING FOR PEACE
CHRISTMAS 1938
VENITE ADOREMUS D.G.

along with the usual Taylor mark, and ornamentation

There is a car park beside the church, to the left as you look from the main road, and the outside entrance can be seen from it.

The village was transferred to Warwickshire from Worcestershire in 1931, though you might not know from the report of the 1939 rehang and augmentation!

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1939   4-1-21 28.00"  1196.0Hz (D+31c)
2 Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester   1714   5-2-12 30.25"  1067.0Hz (C+34c)
3 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe        1653   5-3-18 31.875"  950.0Hz (Bb+33)
4 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe        1658   7-2-21 35.375"  897.0Hz (A+33c)
5 Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester   1716   9-1-17 37.75"   799.0Hz (G+33c)
6 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe        1676  12-0-26 41.75"   712.0Hz (F+33c)

Photo Gallery

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The church -
looking east
The fine font
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The tenor The bells in 1939

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