LEEK WOOTTON All Saints 5, 7-3-4 in A - Anticlockwise
|Recordings||The Ring of 5
The Ring of 6
History Of The Bells
Two trebles were added to the existing three bells by John Briant in 1793, the same year as he provided a ring of four for the nearby church at Ashow. These were hung in a wooden frame (anti-clockwise circle) that is contemporary with the tower and made by William Steel Senior in 1791-2. Fittings were provided by J.E. Groves of Birmingham, 1921, with ball bearings supplied by Taylors in 1966. Taylors also replaced the headstock on the third in 1983. The canons had been removed from all the bells and the weights given for the trebles prior to the recent augmentation scheme are those before their removal. Until the recent augmentation scheme, the bells had been quarter turned, the tenor, a listed bell, a further eighth turned.
The bells ring quite well, but are a little loud in the ringing room. The previous tenor is one of the oldest bells in the Diocese. Chris Pickford's records have the tenor at 7cwt, but Dove suggests it is 8cwt. The "As Received" weight shows that both were, in fact, an over-estimation.
In June 2015 the bells were rehung in the existing frame and augmented to 6, an extra frame for one bell being added. The treble was cast in October 2014. The rehanging of the bells took place in June 2015. The new treble was hung in the pit of the existing treble, that bell being moved into the pit that previously was used for the then second bell. This bell now became the 3rd of the 6 and was hung in a new fabricated framework, which raises the bell a little above the existing frame to allow access into the bell chamber. All the "As Received Weights" show a difference from those that were previously published.
The bells were "lightly tuned" and each bell has had its nominal lowered. The slight difference in the old tenor note is due to increased accuracy of measurement.
This church is easy to spot, especially from the North on the A46, just before the Warwick turn off as it is built on a slight hill. It is on the main road through the village. You get to the church via a small road just to the north of the church, (the junction is easy to miss). You will find a church car park at the east end of the church. Entry is via a door on the south side of the tower.
Details of the Bells
Previously As Tuned Previous Previous Tuned Tuned
Published Received Weight Frequency Note Frequency Note
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 2014 ------ ------ 3-1-24 24.50" ------- ------ 1494.0Hz (F#+16c)
2 John Briant, Hertford 1793 3-3-24 3-3-06 3-3-00 26.125" 1344.0Hz (E+33c) 1331.7Hz (E+17c)
3 John Briant, Hertford 1793 4-0-18 3-3-23 3-3-10 27.625" 1231.0Hz (D#-19c) 1189.6Hz (D+22c)
4 Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester 1703 4¾cwt 4-0-17 3-3-15 28.00" 1149.5Hz (C#+63c) 1122.4Hz (C#+21c)
5 Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester 1703 5½cwt 5-1-00 5-0-07 30.75" 1009.5Hz (B+38c) 997.6Hz (B+17c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughbrough 1923 8-0-10 ------ 7-3-04 34.875" -------- ------ 887.3Hz (A+22c)
Clock John De Stafford, Leicester c1360 7cwt 6-1-16 Untuned 33.875" 888.0Hz (A+16c) 891.0Hz (A+22c)