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BRINKLOW St John the Baptist 8, 8-1-2 in Ab

Grid Reference 140/437796 Brinklow Church - Source: David Kelly
Postcode CV23 0LQ
Ring of 6
Ring of 8
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday On a rota - check
Practice Wednesday 1930-2100


A pleasant village close to Coventry. The church is just off the main road through the village. The bells are rung from upstairs, the entrance being round the south corner of the bottom of the tower inside the church.  There has been a settlement here since Saxon times, at least.  The earliest parts of the current church date from the 13th century. The tower and south porch were added in the 14th century. Between 1861/62, under the tenure of Reverend J.C. Ritson, much of the church interior was remodelled at a cost of £850, including a new high chancel arch, and the accentuation of the slope to the nave.

The frame and fittings are by Taylor, 1913 at which time the Smith of Edgbaston 5 were rehung and a treble added. The 2nd, 3rd & 5th bells indicate that they had been chip tuned after casting and the tenor "skirted" to raise its note slightly. Taylors tuned the whole ring to the note of the 5th during the restoration. The Smith bells have been eight turned and their canons removed and the 1913 treble quarter turned.

Ball bearings were fitted by the local ringers (an early DIY job!) in 1969-70. These bells used to be rung from the ground floor. The ropes hung in two straight lines on opposite sides of the tower, and the ringers stood on a sloping floor! The ringers moved upstairs in 1970.

The scheme to augment these bells to 8 was completed at Easter 2011. The Guild donated the treble in memory of Harry Windsor.

There is plenty of on-street parking near to the church.

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2011  3-2-23  24.50"   1643.0Hz (Ab-20c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2011  3-3-15  25.125"  1551.0Hz (E-19c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1913  4-0-11  26.00"   1380.0Hz (F-21c)
4 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston,        1705  5-0-27  27.25"   1230.0Hz (Eb-20c)
5 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston,        1705  5-1-11  30.50"   1099.0Hz (Db-10c)
6 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston,        1705  5-2-07  31.75"   1036.0Hz (C-17c)
7 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston,        1705  5-3-08  32.375"   936.0Hz (Bb-7c)
8 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston,        1705  8-1-20  37.125"   822.0Hz (Ab-18c)

Photo Gallery

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The New Second Bell
The Ringing Room
The large clock case used  to be on the 
left wall - where the peal boards are.

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