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EDGBASTON* St Bartholomew 8, 10-0-14 in G (GF)

Grid Reference 139/057847 Edgbaston Church - Source M Chester
Postcode B15 3BT
Recording
Affiliation St Martin's Guild
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 0945-1025
Practice Wednesday 1930-2100
Other Information Regular ringing term time only

History

This church was originally a dependent chapelry of Harborne, Staffs, becoming a parish in its own right around the time of the reformation. Little remains of the old church, several rebuilding schemes being enacted in the 19th century. Going out of Birmingham centre you pass the cricket ground on your right and at a large traffic light controlled crossroads you go straight on up the hill. Turn left at the top and you are at the church. There is a car park to the west of St Bartholomew's, but this is now owned by the local golf club! You can park on the dual carriageway on the opposite side to the church, but you cannot turn right at the lights to do so! From this side you can also follow the road to the left at the roundabout at the east end of the church and then immediately left to find other parking.

By 1898 there were 5 bells, the back 4 by Matthew Bagley, 1685 with a treble by Thomas Pyke of Bridgwater, 1781. In this year Charles Carr of Smethwick recast the treble and added a further bell to make 6, tenor 7-2-26 in A (851Hz). All were recast in 1927. The single level lowside cast iron frame and fittings are also by Taylors, 1927. None of the bells have been turned and all were cast with flat tops. The recasting was reported in The Ringing World of April 22nd 1927:

"EDGBASTON’S NEW BELLS.
A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE RING.
Edgbaston, the ‘ aristocratic ’ suburb, of Birmingham, is proud of its new peal of eight bells, which have just been supplied by Messrs. John Taylor and Co., of Loughborough, and were dedicated by Bishop Hamilton Baynes, as already briefly recorded in these columns. The ceremony took place at a memorable service, after which the bells were rung for a short time by the local men, assisted by members uf the King’s Norton Guild.

The former ring of six was recast and two trebles added, one by members of the congregation and the other by the widow of Mr. W. McC. Iliffe, in memory of her husband. The bells form a delightful little octave, with tenor about 10½ cwt. in G, and they are hung in the most modern fittings in a now iron frame. They are of beautiful tone, and the ‘ go ’ is perfect.

Of the old six, the four back bells were cast by the Bagleys in 1685, and the inscriptions have been reproduced as follows:
Tenor.—‘ Fear God and Honour the King.’ 1685.
7.—‘ Matthew Bagloy made mee.’ 1685.
6.—‘ Henry Bagley made mee.’ 1685.
5.—' Matthew Bagley made mee.’ 1685.
4.—‘ To the greater glory of God.’ Creswell Strange, Vicar; John Charles Holder, Elkanah Mackintosh Sharp, Churchwardens; George Street, Sexton. Cast by Charles Carr, Ltd., Smethwick, October, 1898.
3.—Cast by T. Pyke, Bridgewater. 1781. To all the above inscriptions is added the words: ‘ Recast, Taylor, Loughboro'.
2.—A.D. 1927. ‘ To the Glory of God.’ Given toy members of the Congregation. Adeste Fideles. Stuart Blofield, Vicar; John Beiliss, J. Staley Good, Churclnvardens; Sidney Freemantle, Sexton. Taylor, Loughboro’ .
Treble.—A.D. 1927. ' To the Glory of God.' ‘ Given in loving memory of William McCandlish IlifEe, by his wife, Florence Iliffe.’ Taylor, Loughboro’ .

For evening service, on the day of the dedication, Johnson’s 1,008 Grandsire Triples: F. B. Yates 1, P. O. Laflin 2, H. Withers (conductor) 3, E. Rose 4, G. Large 5, V. Ball 6, C. Webb 7, R. Russell 8."

These bells, which sound and ring well, form the home ring of the Birmingham University Society of Change Ringers

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1927   4-1-06  25.00"  1607.0Hz (G+43c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1927   4-3-02  26.00"  1515.0Hz (F#+40c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1927   4-1-22  27.00"  1348.5Hz (E+39c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1927   4-1-24  28.00"  1202.0Hz (D+40c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1927   4-2-26  29.50"  1071.0Hz (C+40c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1927   5-2-00  31.00"  1001.5Hz (B+24c)
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1927   7-1-16  34.00"   901.0Hz (A+41c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1927  10-0-14  38.50"   802.5Hz (G+40c)

 

Details of THE PREVIOUS Bells

1 Charles Carr, Smethwick         1898   4-1-10  27.25"
2 Charles Carr, Smethwick         1898   4-3-32* 27.75"
3 Matthew Bagley I, Chacombe      1685   4-1-01  28.25"
4 Matthew Bagley I, Chacombe      1685   4-3-25  29.75"
5 Matthew Bagley I, Chacombe      1685   5-2-05  31.50"
6 Matthew Bagley I, Chacombe      1685   7-2-26  35.00"
*Weight as given by Tilley and Walters

Inscriptions

Treble A.D. 1927
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
GIVEN IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM McCANDLISH ILIFFE
BY HIS WIFE FLORENCE ILIFFE.
2 A.D. 1927
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
GIVEN BY MEMBERS OF THIS CONGREGATION.
"ADESTE FIDELES"
CANON STUART BLOFELD, VICAR.
JOHN BAYLIS
                                   J. STALEY GOOD CHURCHWARDENS
SIDNEY FREEMANTLE, SEXTON.    
3 CAST BY T. PYJE BRIDGWATER 1781
RECAST 1927
4 CAST BY CHARLES CARR LIMD
SMETHWICK
OCTR 1898
RECAST 1927
TO THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD
CRESWELL STRANGE. VICAR
JOHN CHARLES HOLDER. BART.
ELKANAH MACKINTOSH SHARP CHURCHWARDENS 
GEORGE STREET. SEXTON
5  MATTHEW BAGLEY MADE MEE 1685
RECAST 1927
6 HENRY BAGLEY MADE MEE 1685
RECAST 1927 
7 MATTHEW BAGLEY MADE MEE 1685 
RECAST 1927
Tenor FEARE GOD AND HONOUR THE KING 1985
RECAST 1927

Photo Gallery

Edgbaston - Looking East - Source: Mike Chester Edgbaston - Looking North - Source Aiden MacRae Thompson
The church - looking east The Church - looking south
Edgbaston - The Ringing Area - Source: Mike Chester Edgbaston - The Organ - Source: Mike Chester
The Ringing Chamber  The Fine Organ

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