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FARNBOROUGH St Botolph 6 6-1-12 in Bb

Grid Reference 151/434496 Farnborough Church - Source: M Chester
Postcode OX17 1DZ
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday By Arrangement
Practice None


Set in deepest South-east Warwickshire this is a nice place to spend some time. The church is up a fairly narrow dead end and it might be best to park along the main road if you are in a party of more than a few vehicles.

This beautiful medieval building is one of only 64 churches in Britain dedicated to Botolph, a 7th century East Anglian saint associated with miracles of healing. The link to Botolph at Farnborough is probably linked to an ancient holy well near the churchyard. The church dates to the 12th century, but was extensively rebuilt in the 14th century and enlarged by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1875. One of the oldest parts of the church is the south doorway, which has an unusual tympanum carved in a fish-scale design. The porch itself is 14th century, as is the lowest part of the west tower. The second section of the tower was rebuilt in 1611, and topped by a slender spire in the 19th century rebuilding. The nave is largely Norman, and the Norman chancel arch shows traditional carving in a lozenge-chain pattern. Just above the pulpit is a carved head of a man, while at the western end of the nave arcade is a beautifully preserved carved head of a woman wearing a crown. We don't know who either figure is supposed to represent. The chancel is later than the nave, sometime around 1340 , based on the window style. There is a piscina to the south of the altar and a stone cupboard to the north.

The original 3 bells were recast by W & J Taylor in 1844. at a cost of £57 14s 6d. When the church was restored in 1875, at which time the tower was raised in height and a spire added, the bells were augmented to 5 by Warners with the adding of a treble and tenor The bells were further augmented to 6 in 1963 and are a pretty ring. Cast iron frame and modern fittings are by Mears & Stainbank, 1963. The new bell was cast with a flat top and the canons of the others removed and bells 2, 4 & 5 have been one-eighth turned and bells 3 and 6 have been quarter turned. You can see them turning by looking through the louvres from the south side.

This side is where you enter the church and find a short vertical ladder to the ringing room. There is a sanctus bell, 12" in diameter hung for swing chiming in a space between the pit of the tenor and the south wall.

Details of the Bells

1 Mears & Stainbank, London  1963  3-2-14  24.50"  1520.5Hz (Gb+47c)
2 John Warner, London        1875  3-2-03  26.00"  1370.5Hz (F-33c)
3 W & J Taylor, Oxford       1844  3-1-20  27.00"  1222.0Hz (Eb-32c)
4 W & J Taylor, Oxford       1844  4-0-25  28.50"  1145.0Hz (D-44c)
5 W & J Taylor, Oxford       1844  4-3-03  31.00"  1026.0Hz (C-34c)
6 John Warner, London        1875  6-1-12  34.00"   911.5Hz (Bb-39c)

Photo Gallery

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Looking West Towards
the Ringing Room
Looking East
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A Closer Look at the Ringing Chamber Inside the Compact Ringing Chamber

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