ASTON CANTLOW St John the Baptist 6, 14-0-14 in F
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History Of The Bells
Famed as the church where Shakespeare's parents were married in 1557, this is a very pleasant village with a nice ring of bells.
The chancel, nave, and tower date from late in the 13th century. The nave had a narrow north aisle with the existing arcade of four bays. About the end of the 14th century the north chapel was added, with the arcade of two bays, and the nave aisle was widened to the same span, and probably the arcade rebuilt with much of the original material. The bell-chamber was added late in the 14th century, and the diagonal buttresses to the lower story then or later. The south walls, probably because of the pressure of the roofs, have been forced out of the perpendicular. In the restoration of 1850 the south wall of the nave had to be entirely rebuilt, with the chancel arch. That of the chancel is still standing; it leans out as much as 1½ ft. at the west end, but has been reinforced outside by additional masonry.
The seventeenth century, c.1625. oak frame was extended in 1924 using a cast iron frame section when Charles Carr of Smethwick added a treble to make six. Carr had a country cottage in the village.
Further restoration was undertaken by Taylors in 1957 when the treble was recast. This is the only bell that does not have canons. The four tenors were eighth turned and the second quarter turned. Apart from the bearings, the Carr fittings were reused.
The entrance is from inside the church. The old, rather scary, wooden ladder has recently been replaced by a spiral staircase. Parking is reasonably easy nearby. Visiting bands may wish to enquire about using the Village Hall car park on the opposite side of the road to the church.
Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1957 5-2-17 29.625" 1161.0Hz (D-20c)
2 Thomas Hancox, Walsall 1629 7-0-24 33.25" 1034.0Hz (C-21c)
3 Thomas Hancox, Walsall 1626 7-3-10 33.75" 921.0Hz (Bb-21c)
4 Thomas Hancox, Walsall 1626 9-1-27 35.50" 873.0Hz (A-14c)
5 Worcester Foundry c1410 12-1-07 40.75" 774.0Hz (G-22c)
6 Richard Keene, Woodstock 1681 14-0-14 43.75" 690.0Hz (F-21c)
|The church - looking west||The church - looking east|
|The new spiral staircase|