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KERESLEY* St Thomas 6, 3-3-10 in D

Grid Reference 140/317825 Keresley Church - Source M Chester
Postcode CV6 2PD
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 1000-1030
Practice Tuesday 1900-2000 (Check)
Other Information Benefice Website


Quite close to Coventry City Centre but not actually in Coventry, St Thomas' church is a red sandstone building right by the main road out to Fillongley, the B4098, and eventually Tamworth - hence it is on the Tamworth Road. (The church is called, for some reason, Brownshill Green in Ron Johnson's "Atlas of Bells"; Brownshill Green being the neighbouring part of Coventry).

The churchwas consecrated in 1847. The building, of red sandstone, standing in Tamworth Road in Keresley, between High Street and Sandpits Lane, was designed mainly in the Early English style by Benjamin Ferrey. It consists of nave, chancel, south porch, and pinnacled western tower surmounted by a spire. The cost was partly defrayed by a grant from the Church Building Commission.

The bells were a slightly heavier ring of five until they were recast and rehung into the lightest ring in the Diocese by Taylors in 1980/1. They are now in a two tier frame - the fourth on top. Dove says that the bells are in the key of D, but the bell weights card from Taylors says Eb. The tenor is actually 1196Hz (D plus 32 cents).

The old bells were all by C & G Mears, 1848 - a ring of five, tenor 6-1-10 in Bb. They were rehung by Mears & Stainbank in 1898 and 1930.

Pleasant to hear and easy to ring.  You normally enter by the tower door, though you can get to the ringing chamber from the church, using the stairs to the organ and then going round the back. Parking is slightly tricky. A few cars can park half on/half off the pavement on the road by the tower, otherwise try the road at the back of the church.

BTW - pronounce Keresley in two syllables - "Kers", "Lea"!

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1980  1-2-00  18.75"   2010.0Hz (B+36c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1980  1-3-08  20.00"   1794.0Hz (A+33c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1980  2-0-12  21.50"   1596.0Hz (G+31c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1980  2-1-22  22.375"  1507.0Hz (F#+31c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1980  2-3-08  24.50"   1340.0Hz (E+28c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1980  3-3-10  26.25"   1196.0Hz (D+31c)

Details of the Previous Bell s

1 C & G Mears, London             1848  3-1-21  24.75"
2 C & G Mears, London             1848  3-2-03  26.50"
3 C & G Mears, London             1848  4-1-14  28.00"
4 C & G Mears, London             1848  4-1-24  29.50"
5 C & G Mears, London             1848  6-1-10  32.75"

Photo Gallery

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The Church -
Looking East
The Church -
Looking West
The Font The Ringing Room
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The Fourth in the
Upper Frame 
The Tenor
Treble to the Right
5th bell to Left,
Frame for 4th Between
The Fifth.
Note the Sprung
Steel Stay,
Pendulum Slider
& Girder Frame 

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