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CLIFTON ON DUNSMORE St Mary the Virgin 6, 9-2-17 in F# (GF)

Grid Reference 140/531764 Clifton on Dunsmore Church - Source M Chester
Postcode CV23 0BP
Recording None Available
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 0900-0930 (Ex. 3rd)
1530-1600 (3rd only)
Practice Wednesday 1930-2100

History Of The Bells

Clifton on Dunsmore is the most easterly village in Warwickshire (and of the entire West Midlands region). The church, the earliest parts of which are 12th century, sits prominently in the middle of this pretty Warwickshire village. On-street parking is usually fairly easy and there is a church car park just past the church in Lilborne Road.

Entering by the South door, you ring behind the organ. The bells hang in a composite frame for eight installed by Barwell, 1903. The proximity of the organ makes any further augmentation something of a cerebral challenge! The fittings of the back five still date largely from 1903, but Taylors fitted ball bearings in 1939. The frame was strengthened when the then ring of five was overhauled in 1978-9. The treble was added in 1986. The 20th century bells were cast with flat tops, they have not been turned and the canons have been removed from the others, which all have been quarter turned. There is a chiming apparatus here by W.E. Burnell of Rugby, 1950.

There had been five bells here before the reformation, but the Edwardian inventory of 1552 noted that one had been sold to meet the cost of building a bridge "since the last survey" and that there were "four bells and a saunce bell". The saunce bell has long disappeared and the other four bells were recast at various times in the seventeenth century. They did not become five until 1903 when the old third was recast and a new treble added by Barwells. This new treble was itself recast in 1939 by Taylors, at which time bells were retuned.

Details of the Bells

1 Whitechapel, London              1986  4-1-18  27.75"   1246.5Hz (D#+3c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough   1939  5-1-13  30.00"   1106.0Hz (C#-4c)
3 Hugh Watts II, Leicester         1624  6-0-08  32.125"  985.0Hz  (B-5c)
4 Hugh Watts II, Leicester         1640  7-0-10  33.875"  930.0Hz  (A#-4c)
5 James Barwell & Co, Birmingham   1903  8-0-23  36.625"  828.0Hz  (G#-5c)
6 John Martin, Worcester           1655  9-2-17  40.375"  738.5Hz  (F#-3c)

Photo Gallery

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The Church -
Looking East
The Church -
Looking West

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