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BOURTON ON DUNSMORE St Peter 3, 5-1-12 Bb - Unringable

Grid Reference 140/437703 Bourton on Dunsmore Church - Source: Aidan MacRae Thomson
Postcode CV23 9RA
Recording None Available
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals None
Sunday None
Practice None
Other Information Unringable

History

The church dates back to the early 13th Century and is Grade 2 listed.  All that remains of the original building is the magnificent stone font, the blocked doorway in the south wall of the chancel, and the eastern bay of the south arcade of the nave. In the 14th Century the church was almost entirely rebuilt, and considerable work was done in the chancel in the 17th century.  

The church was again almost entirely rebuilt in the 19th Century by J. Potter, whose father supervised James Wyatt’s alteration to Lichfield Cathedral. At this time the upper windows, north aisle and porch to the north of the Shuckburgh Chapel were added, while the tower and west end of the nave were rebuilt. The end of that century saw more restoration work, especially in the chancel. 

A potentially ringable three. In an old, two level, wooden frame, the treble being in the upper frame. The frame is from some time in the 18th century; certainly older than the current church tower, which was built in 1842. The bells were rehung with new ringing fittings by Taylors in 1928 at which time they were turned on their headstocks and the tenor's canons were removed.

A report by Taylors in 1993 says that the soundbows are practically unmarked, suggesting that they have not been rung that often. The canons remain on the trebles. An Ellacombe chiming apparatus was installed in 1971, owing to fears for the safety of the spire - since repaired. Taylor's have in recent years been invited to inspect the bells and give advice as to how they may be put into a ringing condition. The tower is small and augmentation would not be straightforward. As it is the frame is arranged diagonally to make full use of the window openings to gain extra space.

The bells have been inspected by the Coventry DG Bell Restoration Team in recent years and it is recommended that they not be rung until the metalwork is replaced.

Details of the Bells

1 Thomas Newcombe, Leicester  c1580  3-0-15  25.50"  1207.0Hz (D+47c)
2 Thomas Newcombe, Leicester  c1580  4-2-16  28.75"  1077.0Hz (C+50c)
3 Taylor & Sons, Oxford        1827  5-1-12  32.50"   959.0Hz (Bb+49c)

 Photo Gallery

The Church - Looking East. Source A MacRae-Thomson
The Church - Looking East
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