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Rowley Regis* St Giles 8, 10-1-0 in G#

Grid Reference 139/970874 Rowley Regis Church - Source: ww.wdcra.org.uk
Postcode B65 9EP
Recording None Available
Affiliations St Martin's Guild &
Worcs & Districts Assoc
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 0945-1015 (2nd and last) 1800-1830 (Others)
Practice Monday 1945-2100

History

This church is historically in Staffordshire, but was transferred to Worcestershire in 1844. It has also moved Dioceses, as it was originally in the Worcester Diocese but is now in the Birmingham Diocese.

There has been a church here since late in the 12th century, but no trace of this is found in the present building. The church, apart from the tower was demolished and a new one built in 1840/1. The tower was rebuilt in 1858. The church was unsafe by 1894 and closed. It was replaced by a new building in 1904/5, but this was destroyed in an arson attack in June 1913. Due to the outbreak of war the church remained in a ruinous state for 10 years and was not replaced until 1923. This new church was a completely new building.

In 1552 there were "iiij belles" here. Matthew and Henry Bagley seem to have provided a 12cwt ring of 5 in 1984. The Whitechapel foundry recast the treble in 1804 and the tenor in 1848. The new tenor weighed 12-2-0. The tenor was again recast in 1881 by Blews and three trebles were added and the ring rehung in 1888 by Barwell. J E Groves of Birmingham hung the bells in a new frame when the church was rebuilt after the fire. The 5th was recast by Gillett and Johnson in 1952 after cracking in the previous year.

The bells received major attention in 1984, involving the remodelling of the ring, with the old fourth and sixth being incorporated as the sixth and seventh. A second-hand bell (by Taylor, 1948) was acquired from the redundant church of St. Mary Magdalene, Worcester, as a new tenor. The remaining bells were recast.

(Most of the above information is quoted directly (with permission) from the research notes of Chris Pickford)

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1984   3-0-20  23.50"   1622.0Hz (G#-41c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1984   3-1-10  24.125"  1524.0Hz (Fx-49c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1984   3-1-06  24.875"  1352.5Hz (E#-56c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1984   3-2-06  26.00"   1222.0Hz (D#-32c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1984   4-0-26  28.125"  1084.0Hz (C#-39c)
6 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon       1952   5-1-16  30.50"   1016.0Hz (B#-51c)
7 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe         1684   7-1-08  34.625"   915.0Hz (A#-3c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough    1948  10-1-00  38.00"    814.0Hz (G#-35c)

Details of the Bells in 1984

1 James Barwell, Birmingham         1887   4-0-06  26.00"
2 James Barwell, Birmingham         1887   4-0-20  27.00"
3 James Barwell, Birmingham         1887   
4-3-14  29.00" 
4 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon       1952   5-2-18  32.00"
5 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe         1684   5-1-10  33.00"
6 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe         1684   7-1-04  35.00"
7 Matthew Bagley, Chamcombe         1684   8-1-26  38.00"
8 William Blews & Sons, Birmingham  1881  11-0-08  41.00"

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The Church After the Fire: Source: www.genealogyforum.co.uk
The Church Following
the Fire in 1913
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