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BIDFORD ON AVON St Laurence 8, 14-0-24 in F (GF)

Grid Reference 150/101518 Bidford on Avon Church - Source M Chester
Postcode B50 4DA
Recording
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 0945-1030 (1st). 0915-1000 (Rest) - check
Practice Tuesday 1930-2100 - check

History Of The Bells

This is a pretty village built, obviously, by the River Avon. It is worth spending a while resting here. Lots of open space and decent pubs! The church is in the centre of the village and is easy to find. Don't be fooled by the photograph; behind that tree is the market place!The bells are a fairly easy going ring of 8 that are rung from the ground floor, behind a nicely carved screen. The tower is small and therefore the bells are on two levels. The frame and fittings are all by Taylors, 1954. The four old bells were one-eighth turned, as they had been quarter-turned by Messrs Webb and Bennett of Kidlington, Oxon, who rehung the 6 in July 1908. The previous frame was described thus: "Bells hung awkwardly in two tiers, the upper three very difficult to reach", by Tilley writing in 1878.

In 1681 the existing bells in the tower were recast into 5, probably by Richard Keene of Woodstock, tenor being around 9cwt. Subsequently there was a ring of 6, all cast by John Rudhall in 1791. The old tenor weighed 13-1-13 when cast. They arrived in Bidford by river on 23rd February 1792.

There is plenty of on-street parking by the church.

Being on the edge of the Coventry Guild and the Worcester & Districts Association this tower has links with both. Here is a link to the W & D entry for Bidford

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor, Co, Loughborough  1954   3-3-12  26.00"  1381.0Hz (F-20c)
2 John Taylor, Co, Loughborough  1954   4-1-10  26.875" 1279.0Hz (E-53c)
3 John Taylor, Co, Loughborough  1954   4-3-06  28.50"  1156.0Hz (D-28c)
4 John Rudhall, Gloucester       1791   6-0-01  32.00"  1030.0Hz (C-28c)
5 John Rudhall, Gloucester       1791   6-0-06  32.00"   912.0Hz (Bb-38c)
6 John Rudhall, Gloucester       1791   6-3-06  34.125"  860.0hz (A-40c)
7 John Rudhall, Gloucester       1791   9-2-24  38.125"  765.0Hz (G-42c)
8 John Taylor, Co, Loughborough  1954  14-0-24  43.00"   683.0Hz (F-39c)

Details of the Previous Bells

1 John, Rudhall, Gloucester      1791   5½cwt
  COME AWAY MAKE NO DELAY 1791
2 John, Rudhall, Gloucester      1791   6cwt
  FEAR GOD HONOR THE KING 1791
3 John, Rudhall, Gloucester      1791   7cwt
  PEACE AND GOOD NEIGHBOOURHOOD 1791
4 John, Rudhall, Gloucester      1791   8cwt
  1791
5 John, Rudhall, Gloucester      1791   9¾cwt
  IOHN HURST HENRY BIDDLE & MARK OSBORNE CHURCH WARDENS 1791
6 John, Rudhall, Gloucester      1791  13cwt
  INO HURST HENRY BIDDLE MARK OSBORNE & THOS SALE CHURCH WARDENS 1791
 

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