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ASTON* SS Peter & Paul 12, 24-2-18 in D

Grid Reference 139/082899 Aston. Source: Mike Chester 
Postcode B6 6QA 
Recording  
Affilitation St Martin's Guild
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 1015-1045 
Practice Thursday  1945-2100 

History

This church is historically in Warwickshire, but was finally "absorbed" into Birmingham in 1911. It became part of the West Midlands in 1974, as did many other towers in Warwickshire. It is a noticeable landmark at the point where the Aston Expressway leaves the M6 motorway, close to Villa Park, where Aston Villa play their home games.

First mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086 as "Estone" this area has ancient roots. There would have been a church at this time, but the building which we see today is much different. The body of the church was rebuilt by J. A. Chatwin during the period 1879 to 1890; the fifteenth century tower and spire, which was partly rebuilt in 1776/7, is the only surving part of the medieval building.

The current bells are also much different to what was there before. They are a very good ring, hung in the typical fashion of the foundry's work at this time. Previously, there were 5 bells in 1552, with a tenor of perhaps 18cwt. These were recast in 1776 by Pack & Chapman and augmented to an octave, tenor 20-3-3. These bells were well used, many noteable performances being rung on them, including a peal of 15360 of Plain Bob Major in 9 hours and 29 minutes on 1st October 1793. According to The Leicester and Nottingham Journal writing at the time, "This is considered to be the greatest performance that ever was done by one set of men".

By 1814 two bells were cracked. Two bells trebles were added by Thomas Mears and the old fourth and tenor recast, it weighing 22-0-18. Rehanging work was further carried out in 1868-9 by E Cressor. During the restoration of the tower, mentioned earlier, the ringing room was raised by some 20 feet and in 1886 the bells were rehung by Barwells. Estimates for work on the bells were obtained in the 1920s, but nothing was actually done until the complete replacement of the ring in 1935. The bells have not been turned and hang in a single level cast iron frame installed by Taylors when they recast and augmented the ring.

(Most of the above information is quoted directly (with permission) from the research notes of Chris Pickford)

Details of the Current Bells

 1  John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1935   5-0-02  26.00"  1746.0Hz (A-14c)
 2  John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1935   4-3-20  26.50"  1552.0Hz (G-18c)
 3  John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1935   5-1-11  27.625  1468.0Hz (F#-14c)
 4  John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1935   5-1-19  28.50"  1305.5Hz (E-17c)
 5  John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1935   5-3-10  30.00"  1164.0Hz (D-16c)
 6  John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1935   6-2-04  31.25"  1096.0Hz (C#-20c)
 7  John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1935   7-0-25  33.125"  978.0Hz (B-17c)
 8  John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1935   8-1-11  35.50"   871.0Hz (A-18c)
 9  John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1935  10-1-14  38.50"   776.0Hz (G-18c)
10  John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1935  12-2-21  41.00"   732.0Hz (F#-19c)
11  John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1935  17-1-22  46.00"   653.0Hz (E-17c)
12  John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1935  24-2-18  51.50"   581.0Hz (D-19c)

Details of the 1776 Ring of Bells Bells as Supplied

 1  Pack & Chapman, London         1775   5-3-20  30.25"
 2  Pack & Chapman, London         1776   6-2-11  31.50"
 3  Pack & Chapman, London         1776   7-2-21  33.50"
 4  Pack & Chapman, London         1776   8-1-16  36.00"
 5  Pack & Chapman, London         1776  10-1-09  39.50"
 6  Pack & Chapman, London         1776  11-0-24  41.00"
 7  Pack & Chapman, London         1776  14-3-14  44.50"
 8  Pack & Chapman, London         1776  20-3-03  50.25" in D (Modern Pitch - Eb Old Pitch)

Details of the Bells As Replaced in 1935

 1  Thomas Mears, London           1814   5-2-27  28.25"
 2  Thomas Mears, London           1814   6-1-05  30.00"
 3  Pack & Chapman, London         1775   5-2-16  30.00"
 4  Pack & Chapman, London         1776   6-1-27  31.25"
 5  Pack & Chapman, London         1776   7-2-07  33.50"
 6  Thomas Mears, London           1814   8-1-08  36.00"
 7  Pack & Chapman, London         1776  10-0-20  39.50"
 8  Pack & Chapman, London         1776  11-0-00  41.25"
 9  Pack & Chapman, London         1776  14-2-20  44.50"
10  Thomas Mears, London           1814  22-0-18  50.50"   591Hz (in D)

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