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CASTLE BROMWICH* SS Mary & Margaret 6, 10-3-14 in Ab - Ringing Suspended

Grid Reference 139/142899 Castle Bromwich Church - Source Virtual Brum
Postcode B36 9BT
Recording None Available
Affiliation St Martin's Guild
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 0930-1000
Practice Wednesday 1930-2100
Other Information Bellringers' Website

History

Originally a chapelry in the parish of Aston, (until 1878) a ring of five (tenor 7-1-4) cast by Joseph Smith of Edgbaston was installed in 1717. These bells were transferred to the new tower when the church was remodelled between 1726 and 1731. The current church consists of a chancel, nave, north and south aisles, and a west tower. The whole structure was rebuilt in red brick from 1726 to 1731. The church was restored by Mr. C. E. Bateman, who discovered that the roof was more ancient than the walls and has timbers of great size, supported by oak pillars, 18–20 in. square and 23 ft. high, now encased in plaster, suggesting a former church of timber-framing.

There is evidence in the Churchwardens' Accounts (now in Warwick County Record Office) of the payment for the new bells in 1717. "Payd Joseph Smith for casting the bells £12 16s. 0d. " Whether there were inscriptions on the three older bells is not known. The inscriptions on the 1717 bells were:

Treble Iohn Thornton: Thomas Sadler: Trustees 1717
Second Iohn Banner: Roland Brawbridge: Trustees 1717
Third  William Sadler: Isaac Sadler: 1717
Fourth Iohannes Brooke: S:T:B: Iohn Chattock: Chappell Warden 1717
Tenor  Sir John Bridgeman: Baronet 1717

They were augmented to six in 1893 by Charles Carr of Smethwick to celebrate the marriage of the future George V. They added a tenor (8-2-0), replaced the third with a bell a semitone lower and rehung the bells in a new composite frame. The tenor was inscribed "Laus Deo".

The old bell was reused as a clock bell at the Derby British Rail works where it still remains.

The whole ring was recast by Gillett & Johnson in 1952. The bells hang in the strengthened 1893 composite frame; many of the old fittings were also reused. Additional framework above the existing frame, "lowsided" frame castings on steel girders, was provided for two further bells, but this have never been installed.

The bells were removed from the tower in March 2017. They are to be rehung in a new frame and to augmented to 8 by Taylors. They hope that the project will be completed by August 2017. The new trebles were cast to G&J profiles at Taylors on 21st September 2016.

Details of the Bells

Nu 1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2016
Nu 2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2016
1    Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1952   4-1-14  27.00" 
2    Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1952   4-2-16  28.25" 
3    Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1952   5-0-00  29.50" 
4    Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1952   5-3-12  31.125" 
5    Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1952   7-2-16  34.00" 
6    Gillett & Johnston, Croydon     1952  10-3-14  38.375"

Photo Gallery

The Bells at G&J 1952:  Source: Church Bells website The Ringers 1952:  Source: Church Bells website
The bells at the G & J Foundry in 1952 The ringers in 1952 
castle_bromwich_old_third_small castle_bromwich_4th_small
The Smith Third in its
"new" home in Derby,
plus a recording of it chiming.
The Fourth
 
The Bells at Taylors:  Source: Taylors The Tenor:  Source: Taylors
The Bells at Taylors, 2017 The Tenor at Taylors, 2017.
The New Trebles:  Source: Taylors  
The New Trebles  

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