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OLD MILVERTON, St James 3: 6cwt in C 

Grid Reference 151/297673 Old Milverton Church - Source: M Chester
Postcode CV32 6SA
Peals None
Date Lost 2013

History Of The Bells

The old church was a small building, apparently mainly of the 13th century, with chancel, nave with north aisle, and west tower.  By the end of the 18th century the greater part of the tower had been removed and replaced by a timber-framed tower with a pyramidal cap, and it is probable that the whole edifice was in poor condition. It was pulled down and completely rebuilt on the same site in 1879–80 from designs by John Gibson, at the cost of Lord Charles and Lady Ann Bertie Percy. The present building consists of chancel, north organ-chamber and vestry, north aisle, south porch, and west tower. 

Until recently these bells were unringable due to problems with the tower and badly positioned Ellacombe hammers. The simple wooden beam framework was probably installed when the tower was rebuilt in 1880, but the fittings are older, early C19.

An Ellacombe type chiming apparatus was installed, possibly when the tower was rebuilt.

The bells were hung dead for chiming by White's of Appleton in September of 2013.

This well cared for church can be seen from the A46 at the junction for Warwick and Leek Wootton, but it cannot be reached from it! Get a map and come to it from the Leamington Spa direction or use your sat nav carefully.

Details of the Bells

1 John Warner, London           1863  3½cwt  26.00"
2 John Warner, London           1863  4½cwt  28.00"
3 William Chamberlain, London  c1460  6cwt   31.375"

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