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BILTON St Mark 6: 9-0-25 in G#

Grid Reference 140/487739 Bilton Church - Source: David Kelly
Postcode CV22 7RN
Recording
Old Ring
New Ring


Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 0915-1000
Practice Monday 1930-2100

History

On the south edge of Rugby, Bilton remains a village in its own right and its church spire is prominent from some distance. The chancel, nave, and west tower are of the mid-14th century; the south porch was added in the early 19th century, possibly in 1821 when the then east window was altered; the north aisle was added at the general restoration in 1873 by G. F. Bodley.

Until recently the bells were a mixture of 5 old bells with a modern treble.  This bell, along with a new cast iron lowside frame and fittings, was provided by Taylors during 1948.  There were wooden headstocks on the back five bells. Notice that the 5th was heavier than the tenor.

The Sanders bell was given by the Countess of Warwick (d.1731), wife of the 6th Earl of Warwick (d.1701) who had married subsequently Joseph Addison (of the Spectator).

In January 2008 the bells were removed to Taylors who replaced the tenor with a more suitable bell more than 2cwt heavier than the existing one.  At the same time the front three bells were retuned and the wooden headstocks on bells 2-5 were replaced by modern canon retaining headstocks. The new tenor was cast with a flat top. The difference in the weights of bells 4 and 5 are due to the removal of the cast-in iron crown staples. The scheme was completed in time for the Easter celebrations.

Previously, the bells had been retuned, quarter turned and rehung with new fittings in the old frame in 1884. Further retuning not being allowed in the 1948 scheme. 

The entrance is from inside the church and there is a large car park close by on the North side of the church.

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor, Co, Loughborough               1948  3-3-09  26.00"   1374.0Hz (E#-29c)
2 Richard Sanders, Bromsgrove                 1722  4-0-17  27.625"  1223.0Hz (D#-30c)
3 John Sturdy or John Keble London           c1450  4-0-22  28.50"   1085.0Hz (C#-37c)
4 John Danyell, London                       c1460  5-0-02  30.50"   1025.0Hz (B#-36c)
5 John Danyell, London                       c1460  7-0-12  33.75"    917.0Hz (A#-29c)
6 Taylors, Eayre & Smith, Ltd, Loughborough   2008  9-0-25  37.25"    816.5Hz (G#-30c)

Details of the Previous Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough              1948  3-3-16  26.00"   1395.0Hz (E#-2c)
2 Richard Sanders, Bromsgrove                 1722  4-1-06  27.625"  1252.0Hz (D#-10c)
3 John Sturdy or John Keble London           c1450  4-1-07  28.50"   1110.0Hz (C#+2c)
4 John Danyell, London                       c1460  5-0-13  30.50"   1025.0Hz (B#-36c)
5 John Danyell, London                       c1460  7-0-14  33.75"    917.0Hz (A#-29c)
6 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe                    1662  7-0-12  35.50"    828.0Hz (G#-5c)

Photo Gallery

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The Nave Removing the Bells Casting the Tenor 
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The Tenor in
the Foundry 
The Tenor in
the Church
Katie Hoisting the
Tenor Through the
Ringing Room
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Hanging the Tenor  The Tenor in Place   

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