CHADSHUNT All Saints 6, 11cwt in F# (GF)
|Other Information||Redundant Church - No electricity|
History Of The Bells
This is a redundant church with limited ringing, though it is possible to gain permission to ring for outings.
It is quite easy to miss the church - so be observant! From the Gaydon turning off the M40, J12, you turn to the west. You soon meet a roundabout junction with the B4100 at which you go straight over, towards Kineton. The church is along this road on the right. Go for just over 1 mile and then you will see a long brick wall on the right. Immediately after the end of the wall, in the middle of an "S" bend, there is an unmade path up to the church which is hidden in the trees. There are no obvious signs of the village or the church. If you get to Kineton you have gone too far!
The bells, given by Charles Newsam of Chadshunt Hall, hang in an old oak frame which basically dates from the C17th, but the fittings were renewed by Henry and Thomas Bond of Burford in 1906. A ring of 6 by Richard Keene of Woodstock replaced 3 earlier bells in 1669. The treble and tenor were replaced in 1693 and it is likely that the old treble ended up at Water Stratford, Bucks. The bells were unringable for several decades until the mid-1990s. However work was done to the installation that allows limited ringing to take place.
The canons have been removed from all the bells, which have all been quarter turned. The three tenors are maiden bells, whilst the three trebles have been tuned, the two trebles having their notes raised and the third having its lowered. This was not entirely successful and the treble remains noticeably sharp. The bells are an old fashioned ring of six that take a little bit of ringing to get the best out of them.
The church does not have electricity and this limits the ringing to some degree. Entrance is normally by the North door. Parking is very limited and you should be careful as the main road is busy.
Details of the Bells
1 Richard Keene, Woodstock 1693 4cwt 26.375" 1291.5Hz (D#+64c)
2 Richard Keene, Woodstock 1669 4½cwt 28.375" 1104.0Hz (C#-7c)
3 Richard Keene, Woodstock 1669 5cwt 30.00" 1000.5Hz (B+22c)
4 Richard Keene, Woodstock 1669 6cwt 33.25" 935.5Hz (A#+2c)
5 Richard Keene, Woodstock 1669 8cwt 36.00" 841.5Hz (G#+23c)
6 Richard Keene, Woodstock 1693 11cwt 41.125" 761.5Hz (F#+50c)