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ALLESLEY* All Saints 8; 12-0-0 in G#

Grid Reference 140/302806 Allesley Church - Source: David Kelly
Postcode CV5 9ES
Recordings
Before 2011 restoration
After 2011 restoration
After 2016 restoration
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 0930-1000 & 1730-1800 
Practice Tuesday 1930-2100
Other Information Church Website 

History

On the North West edge of Coventry this is a pleasant village that is just separate from the city itself. Of Norman origin, the church has been much altered, a major restoration taking place in 1862-3, designed by James Murray. Today, little, bar the tower, is recognisable as being older than this restoration.

There is plenty of parking in the church car park, situated behind the church, up the small road, Rectory Road, opposite "The Rainbow".

Prior to 1901 there were 5 bells.  This appeared in Bell News on June 2nd 1900:

There are now 8 bells - the 8¼cwt anticlockwise 5 being completely rehung clockwise and augmented to 6 by adding a tenor and recasting the (15th Century!) 3rd in 1901. The work is reported in "Church Bells" magazine in their edition of November 29th 1901:

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The first ringing noted on them in Bell News is in the edition of Feburary 15th 1902:

The first peal on the bells was rung in 1909:

(Note the incorrect dedication of the church!)

Two trebles were added to complete the octave in 1946/7, at which time the existing 6 bells were rehung on ball bearings using the original headstocks. The "new" trebles occupy the pits for the existing trebles; these being hung in two parallel "lowside" pits installed above the original frame. The bells were cast in late 1946 and hung in 1947. The re-dedication was reported in The Ringing World of April l11th 1947:

"ALLESLEY BELLS NOW A RING OF EIGHT.
Ringers from far and near gathered at Allesley, Warwickshire, on March 22nd. for the dedication of the two new trebles to complete a ring of eight at the Parish Church of All Saints.
The Bishop of Coventry performed the dedication, and the service was conducted by the Rector (the Rev. Frank W. Moyle). An interesting feature of the service was the local ringers forming part of the procession, which led to the west end of the church, where the two bell ropes were banded to the local Ringing Master by the Bishop with the words: 
' Receive the bells that we have here set apart, in memory of His servants in the greater life beyond our present sight, as a sacred trust committed unto you, and we bid you take heed that they be ever and only used in God’s sendee and to His glory.'
The new treble was given by Miss E. M. Lancaster and her sister, Mi's. Wilcox, in memory of their mother, who gave the tenor in 1901, and the new second was given by the Rector and Mrs. Moyle and her brother, Mr. Geoffrey Facer, in memory of their respective mothers. They are an excellent splice with the old six, which have been rehung on ball bearings by Messrs. John Taylor and Co., and as a light ring of eight with a tenor 12 cwt. in G is a valuable addition to the rings of eight in the diocese.
After tea in the Parish Room, the Rector welcomed the visitors, who afterwards returned to the church and rang in various, methods until about 7.30 p.m.
Ringers were present from Bedworth - Birmingham, Bulkington, Barrow-on-Soar, Byfield, Chilvers Coton, Keresley, London, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Meriden, Nuneaton. Rugby, Stoke (Coventry), Worcester ana Wednesbury."

The first peal on the ring of 8 was rung shortly afterwards:

During 2011 replacement bells for the tonally weak third and fourth were installed.

  • The existing third was sold to the Keltek Trust and bellhanger Matthew Higby installed it as a treble of five in Little Bedwyn at Easter of 2014.  It is interesting to note that the bell is heavier and slightly larger in diameter there after tuning that it supposedly was when hung at Allesley! The "as received weight" was 3-3-8 and not the 3-0-15 weight, after canon removal and tuning, that is in Taylors tuning books for 1901. 
  • The fourth has been hung dead as a service bell in the upper level of the frame.

During November of 2016 the previous 6th bell was replaced by a bell that was rescued from Holy Trinity, Bury and slightly retuned by Taylors.  The previous bell has became a clock bell.

Entrance is by an outside door on the south side of the tower. Remember to duck if you are tall!

The frequency of the tenor has been measured and it equates to G#-47c and therefore the ring is in G# and not G as has always previously been stated.

Inscriptions

The old bell that was recast in 1901 was inscribed:   + SANCTA KATERINA ORA PRO NOBIS

By 1948 the inscriptions were:

Treble COURAGE SANS PEUR

BEATRICE LINDSAY WILCOX
AND
EUPHEMIA MARGARET
LANCASTER
GAVE ME IN 1946
IN MEMORY OF THEIR MOTHER
EUPHEMIA MARGARET
LINDSAY LANCASTER
WHO GAVE THE TENOR BELL
IN 1901
2 IN MEMORIAM MARY EMILY
LOUISA MOYLE ET EMILY
JANE FACER, DD.
LIBERI
AD 1946
3 JOHN . STONE . AND .
NICHOLAS . RIDER .
CHURCH . WARDENS . 1708
4 SANNA
5 S. ADELE BREE
RECAST ME
1901
6 JOHN . STONE . AND .
NICHOLAS . RIDER .
CHURCH . WARDENS . 1708
7 BE . YT . KNOWNE . TO .
ALL . THAT . DOTH . ME .
SEE . THAT . NEWCOMBE .
OF . LEICESTER . MADE .
ME . 1610
Tenor + I HOPE IN GOD +
EUPHEMIA M. L. LANCASTER
GAVE ME
W. BREE DD RECTOR
A. KIRBY )
T. WRIGHT ) CH. WARDENS
1901

The "new" bells are inscribed:

3
         
JOHN . STONE . AND . NICHOLAS .
RIDER . CHURCH . WARDENS . 1708
IN MEMORY OF
FRANK WILKINS PERRENS
EVERARD GEORGE PERRENS
 4 IN MEMORIAM
JANET ISOLDE THOMPSON
1939 - 1995
 6 MAY JESUS CHRIST BE PRAISED
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY
OF A LOVED SISTER
JANE WILSON
WIDOW OF THE FIRST VICAR
OF HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, BURY.
BORN 6 NOV. 1842. DIED 29 JULY
1906
R. I. P.

This church was featured in The Ringing World in 1971 as part of the Central Council's visit to the area:

 

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1946  3-0-23 23.50"  1619.5HZ (G#-45c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1946  3-2-00 24.50"  1529.5Hz (Fx-44c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2011  3-1-21 25.50"  1358.0Hz (E#-49c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2011  3-3-21 26.875" 1214.0Hz (D#-43c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1901  5-0-27 30.00"  1077.5Hz (C#-49c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1907  6-2-13 32.50"  1019.7Hz (B#-45c)
7 Newcombe, Leicester             1610  8-0-21 35.75"   906.5Hz (A#-49c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1901 12-0-00 40.75"   808.5Hz (G#-47c)

Service Bell - Previous 4th
4 Thomas Newcombe, Leicester      1580  3-3-08 26.50"  1202.5Hz (D#-59c)

Previous 3rd - At Allesley
3 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston         1708  3-0-15 25.50"  1357.0Hz (E#-50c)

Previous 3rd - At Little Bedwyn
1 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston         1708  3-1-22 25.875" 1325.0Hz (E#-9c)

Previous 6th/Clock Bell
6 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston         1708  5-3-27 32.00"  1016.5Hz (B#-51c)

 

Photo Gallery

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The Old Third & Fourth
in the rider frame
The Tenor  The Sound Control
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The Nave -
Looking South
The Nave -
Looking East
The Church prior to the 1862/3 restoration

Restoration 2011

   
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The Old Third -
(The pattern is replicated
on the new bell)
Lowering the
Old Third Through
The Ringing Room
Removing the Third's
Wheel via the Louvres
in the Spire
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Taking the Old Third
up to the Church Car Park
Filling the Crucible
in Preparation for the
Casting of a New Bell
Casting One of
the New Bells
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The New Third
Being Drilled
The New Third's
Inscription
The New Third and Fourth
in their Now Painted Frame.
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The Rehung Bells
at Little Bedwyn.
The Old Allesley Third
is on the Right. 
The Old Third
in Position as the
Treble at Little Bedwyn 
 

Recordings comparing:

The Old Sixth

The New Sixth

 
HT, Bury showing the bell installation A close-up of the bell at HT, Bury   
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As delivered to Taylors Ready for dispatch from Taylors  The 6th installed in the tower 
   
The report of the Rededication Service
in The Ringing World of April 11th 1947
   

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