OLDBERROW, St Mary 3: 5cwt in C - Unringable
History Of The Bells
Oldberrow was in Worcestershire until 1896. It was part of a 3 mile long by half a mile wide strip of land that stuck up into Warwickshire between Marston Bigot and Ullenhall. There is no village, but the church, rectory, and the Court lie at the crossing of four small roads
The small stone church was rebuilt in 1875 at a cost of £1256. This was largely paid for by the then rector, the Revd Samuel Peshall, who was rector for 60 years and the third generation of his family to hold the post. Some earlier features do remain, two 12th-century windows, a lancet window of the 13th century and the 14th-century south doorway, the one to north is of the 15th century and is blocked up. In the chancel there is a 12th-century piscina (restored) and an aumbury whilst the font has an archaic bowl with octagonal panels sculptured with foliage designs. The east window to the memory of the Reverend Samuel D'Oyley Peshall rector between 1792 and 1859, contains a piece of old glass bearing the arms of Evesham Abbey whilst the west window is dedicated to Canon Warren who became rector in 1933.
These bells are not in a very good state and full-circle ringing is not advised.
An unusual feature is that the stays are slotted over a T-headed bolt at their lower ends and pass through a flat ring held under the same nut as the gudgeon tail bolt. Fittings date from the rebuilding of the church in 1876. The bells hang in a western timber turret.
They are in a two level frame, treble above the others, that was constructed at the same time as the turret was built, in 1875 as part of the church rebuilding programme. The frame was thought at one time to probably be by Barwell, but now more likely to have been by a local builder.
The two trebles' notes are very close together, both approximately being F. None of the bells have been turned.
Details of the Bells
1. Unknown, Long-waisted c1549 4cwt 26.50" 1402.0Hz (F+6c)
2. John Martin, Worcester 1662 4½cwt 28.00" 1371.5Hz (F-32c)
3. John Martin 1674 5cwt 30.50" 1043.0Hz (C-6c)