EDGBASTON* St Bartholomew 8, 10-0-14 in G (GF)
|Affiliation||St Martin's Guild|
|Other Information||Regular ringing term time only|
History Of The Bells
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.
The single level lowside cast iron frame and fittings are by Taylors, 1927. None of the bells have been turned and all were cast with flat tops.
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.
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
|The church - looking east||The Church - looking south|