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KINGSBURY SS Peter & Paul 8, 17-1-0 in E

Grid Reference 139/214963 Kingsbury Church - Source St Martin's Guild
Postcode B78 2LJ
Recordings The Old 5

The Ring of 8
Affiliation St Martin's Guild
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday Variable - check
Practice Friday 1930-2100 (1st of the month)

History Of The Bells

Being very well sound controlled, the locals are very accommodating in terms of obtaining permission for visitors to visit or ring a peal here. You will always receive a warm welcome at Kingsbury. The bells were always kept in A1 condition by Gordon Lane, the late Tower Captain, to whom we are much indebted in terms of ringing at this church and others in the locality.

By 1552 the tower contained a heavy ring of four, (tenor 19-2-3). Two early bells, the treble and third survived until 1849. The churchwardens' accounts refer to the recasting of two bells, the third and the great bells by Thomas Newcombe of Leicester in 1567. Edward Newcombe recast the second bell in 1602 and the Newcombe brothers in partnership recast the tenor in 1612.

Local tradition has it that a treble was added when the tower was rebuilt in 1610, to make 5. However, there is no written evidence to support this and there were certainly only four bells in the tower when the bells were recast into a new ring of five by John Taylor and Sons of Loughborough in 1849 (as dated on the bells, but they were actually cast on January 8th 1850. The tenor weighed 16-0-16. The bells were rehung on ball bearings in 1921 and treble was added to make six in 1959, both by Taylors.

The 1959 treble was retained when the old bells were recast and augmented to eight in 1969. The wooden frame was replaced by one in iron, of lowside pattern. The decorated canons from the old tenor are preserved as a centre-piece for the ringing room table, which incorporates features from the canons of the other bells around the edge.

The lowside frame and fittings are by Taylors, 1969, except for the third which retains its 1959 fittings.

There is a church car-park by the churchyard gate

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1969   5-0-09  28.25"   1298.0Hz (E-27c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1969   5-1-16  29.00"   1224.0Hz (D#-29c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1959   5-3-12  30.50"   1094.0Hz (C#-23c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1969   6-2-10  32.50"    972.0Hz (B-28c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1969   7-3-03  34.875"   866.0Hz (A-28c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1969   9-1-17  37.00"    817.0Hz (G#-29c)
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1969  12-1-15  41.125"   728.0Hz (F#-28c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1969  17-1-00  46.00"    649.0Hz (E-27c)

Photo Gallery

The Church - Looking East. Source Mike Chester The Chancel. Source Mike Chester The Church - Looking West. Source Mike Chester
The Church - Looking East The Chancel The Church - Looking West
The Canons The Head  
The highly decorative canons
from the previous tenor bell.
 The Kings Head -
a canon from an 
old bell in the ring.
The bells from above. Source Quentin Howell The Second. Source Quentin Howell The Third. Source Quentin Howell
The Bells From Above The 2nd The 3rd
The 4th, 5th, 7th & Tenor. Source Quentin Howell The Fifth. Source Quentin Howell The Tenor. Source Quentin Howell
The 4th, 5th and Tenor bells,
with the 7th behind 
The 5th  The Tenor
The Tenor and Treble. Source Quentin Howell    
The Tenor and the Treble    

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