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

Grid Reference 140/302806 Allesley Church - Source M Chester
Postcode CV5 9ES
Recording
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 Of The Bells

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 carpark, situated behind the church, up the small road, Rectory Road, opposite "The Rainbow".

There are 8 bells - the 8¼cwt anticlockwise 5 being completely rehung clockwise and augmented by adding a tenor and recasting the (15th Century!) 3rd in 1901; two trebles being 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.

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 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 replace by a bell that was rescued from Holy Trinity, Bury and slightly retuned by Taylors.  The previous bell is intended to become 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.

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
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 
 
 
HT, Bury showing the bell installation A close-up of the bell at HT, Bury   

The Old Sixth
 

The New Sixth

As delivered to Taylors Ready for dispatch from Taylors   

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