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NUNEATON St Nicolas 8, 14-1-5 in E

Grid Reference 140/366916 Nuneaton Church - Source M Chester
Postcode CV11 4AT
Recording
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday None
Practice None

History Of The Bells

The entrance up to a pleasant ring of bells is on the South side of the tower. These were a 6 by Rudhall, 1703 with the tenor recast in 1725 and the (then) second in 1809 In 1873 the tenor was again recast, as were the (now) 3rd and 5th, as well as the addition of the two trebles. The cost of the 5 new bells was £301 10s. Tilley and Walters note that the two tenors were again rehung by Warners in c.1892. It is noted also that the previous tenor was cracked on 3rd November 1872 when being rung for Sunday service. The cause is said to be that the clapper had been repaired previously by the local blacksmith, but made too heavy for the bell.

A curious installation - part of the frame is by John Over of Rugby 1809, but the central section (four parallel pits) was removed when Taylors installed four "H" frame pits in 1908. Fittings are mainly by Warner 1873, but ball bearings were fitted by Taylors in 1955.

It is worth mentioning the gravestone in the churchyard - quite easy to find- to David Wheway, a ringer who died in 1828. It has an interesting verse containing ringing analogies.

This church used to have many peals rung on its bells but house building nearby means that permission to ring peals has not normally been given for some years

A very obvious church on the main road through the town by a roundabout. Coming from the Coventry side on the A444 you will turn right at a roundabout (ignore the Through Routes to the left sign) and see it. From the A5 side on the A444 you will be directed past the church. There is a Pay and Display car park on the North side of the church.

1 John Warner, London            1873   5cwt    28.50"  1314.0Hz (E-6c)
2 John Warner, London            1873   5½cwt   30.00"  1221.0Hz (D#-33c)
3 Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester  1703   5¾cwt   31.50"  1100.0Hz (C#-14c)
4 John Briant, Hertford          1809   7cwt    34.00"   983.0Hz (B-8c)
5 John Warner, London            1873   8½cwt   36.00"   868.5Hz (A-23c)
6 Abraham Rudhall, Gloucester    1703   9½cwt   37.50"   816.5Hz (G#-30c)
7 John Warner, London            1873  11cwt    40.00"   723.0Hz (F#-40c)
8 John Warner, London            1873  14-1-15  44.50"   646.5Hz (E-34c)

Details of the Recast Bells

Bells recast by Warners - numbers refer to position in ring of 6.
3 Abraham Rudhall I              1703   9-3-24
4 Abraham Rudhall I              1703  11-3-24
6 Unknown                        1725  15-3-15

Photo Gallery

The Church - Looking East. Source Aidan MacRae Thomson The Church - Looking West. Source Aidan MacRae Thomson
The Church - Looking East  The Church - Looking West 
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The Tenor The Second
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The First Peal of
Lincolnshire in the
Tower Pealbook
The First Peal of
Stratford in the
Tower Pealbook

 

 

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