GRANDBOROUGH St Peter 5, 16cwt in F (Unringable)
History Of The Bells
You cannot miss this church in the village as it has a large spire. This heavy ring of 5 bells is in a very unringable condition, the treble being cracked from crown staple, across the crown and along the inscription band, (even so it does not sound too bad and the clock still strikes on it!)
Treble, third and tenor of Henry Bagley I bells and are heavily decorated. The treble has been quarter turned, apparently to prevent further damage to it, possibly in 1810. The other bells were recast in 1706 by Smith of Edgbaston and the Churchwarden's accounts have a receipt for £4/6/3 for part of his charges. His bill for recasting the two bells and providing new clappers, gudgeons and brasses amounted to £11/15/4. The back four bells have not been turned and all retain their canons.
The bells were repaired in 1789 by Thomas Watson at a cost of £12/8/6 and were last rehung in 1809 when John Over of Rugby reconstructed the oak frame, (retaining parts of the c.1630 woodwork) and provided new fittings. This work cost over £100 and was paid for by raising a loan that was not paid off until 1823.
There is a chiming apparatus by W.E. Burnell of Rugby, c1950.
There is a small hope of a restoration project that flickers into life once in a while, but nothing seems to be in any way imminent.
Certainly these are bells that should not to be rung.
Details of the Bells
1 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe 1641 6½cwt 32.50" 1035.0Hz (C-19c)
2 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1706 8cwt 35.00" 929.0Hz (Bb-6c)
3 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe 1641 9½ct 37.75" 864.5Hz (A-31c)
4 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1706 12cwt 42.50" 763.5Hz (G-46c)
5 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe 1639 16cwt 45.50" 682.0Hz (F-41c)
1 Cantate domino canticum novum 1641 (O sing unto the Lord, a new song - Psalm 149).
2 John Smith in Edgebaston made me 1706.
3 Henry Bagley made me 1641.
4 Christopher Tille, Minister, Mr Philemon Clarke and Mr John Goode, churchwardens 1706. Joseph Smith made me.
5 By my voice the people may knowe to come to heare the word of God. Henry Bagley made me 1639.
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