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SHILTON St Andrew 6, 6-3-20 in Bb (GF)

Grid Reference 140/404843 Shilton Church - Source: M Chester
Postcode CV7 9HW
Recording
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 1030 - 1100 (1 & 3)  1750 - 1830 (2 & 4)
Practice Friday 1945-2115

History

A church by the crossroads in the village. Nicely kept, The church was rebuilt in  C14 and C15; The tower and porch being C15. The Chancel was restored and an outer North Aisle added by George Gilbert Scott 1865.

The bells at St Andrew's are a superb light ring of 6 which were cast and hung in a cast iron H-Frame, layout 6.1, by Gillett & Johnston in 1925. These bells replaced a ring of 4, two trebles by Edward Arnold of Leicester, 1796, third by Newcombe of Leicester, 1603 and tenor by John Greene of Worcester, 1614. There is a clapper spring on the tenor and this helps them to resonate nicely. The wheels were replaced in 2000. The bells were cast with flat tops and hang in a cast iron H-frame.

There is a belief that the success of this ring lead to the contract for the Cathedral bells being given to the Croydon foundry. The dedication of the bells, which took place on Saturday March 28th at 3.30pm, was recorded in The Ringing World of April 10th 1925:

WARWICKSHIRE GUILD.
RE-OPENING OF SHILTON BELLS AFTER RESTORATION.
The re-opening of the bells at Shilton after augmentation and restoration took place on Saturday last, in the presence of a large concourse of parishioners and visitors from the neighbouring towns and villages. The church was filled to overflowing long before the time of the service. Prayers were read by the Vicar (Rev. C. T. Pyemont), and the special lesson by Canon F. R. Evans, of Bedworth.

The Lord Bishop of Coventry performed the dedication ceremony, and also gave an inspiring address, based oil the words ‘ Sursum Corda ' ( ‘ Lift up your hearts '). He congratulated the people of Shilton on having their bells put in order in tiieir time, an opportunity that did not come in every generation.

Two new trebles have been added, and the old four bells recast, making a handy little ring of 6, with the tenor about 7 cwt. The work of rehanging and recasting was entrusted to Messrs. Gillett and Johnston, of Croydon, and the way the work has been carried out reflects great credit on the firm, the tone and ‘ go ’ of the bells being excellent.

Upwards of 60 ringers were present during the afternoon and evening, and included Mr. S. H. Roper, the firm’s representative, and Mr. J. H. Shepherd, of Swindon. Others were present from Allesley, Birmingham, Bulkington, Chilvers Coton, Coventry, Croft, Exhall, Monks Kirby, Nuneaton. Rugby, Stoke, Soulliam, Wolvey and other places. 

Before the service commenced the bells were raised in peal by the following members of the Guild: T. W . Chapman (Ringing Master, Nuneaton) 1. E. H. Johnson (a native of Shilton, Coventry) 2, Miss G. M. Dodds (Chilvers Coton) 3, J. B. Fenton (district secretary, Rugby) 4, A. Wilkerson (hon. general secretary) 5, A. Roberts (ex-Rmging Master, Stoke) 6. Some well struck Grandsire Doubles were rung by the same band immediately after the dedication. They also rang the first touch of Minor at the conclusion of the service. Thereafter the bells were kept going in various methods until about 8 p.m.

A sumptuous tea was provided for the ringers, who, owing to the large number present, had to be accommodated in relays. Nevertheless, each and all passed a very pleasant time. The methods successfully brought round included Grandsire. Stedman and Bob Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, Double Oxford, Double Court, Oxford and Kent Treble Bob. Cambridge and London Surprise.

At the conclusion of the tower bell ringing, handbells were in evidence. The Rugby Quartette gave a wonderful exhibition of tune ringing, under the able conductorship of Mr. A. J. Hessian, who, everyone was pleased to see, had come out of his retirement again. The Webb family, too. from Croft, delighted the company as usual with their tune ringing. Train time brought a happy and successful gathering to a close."

The first peal on the bells followed soon aftwards:

 

There is a car park a little to the west of the church - on the Ansty side of the village, or you may be able to discretely park in the pub car park opposite the church. Enter the church via the south door to get to the ground floor ringing room.

Details of the Bells

1 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1925  2-2-23  23.00"   1580.0Hz (G+13c)
2 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1925  3-2-00  25.00"   1424.0Hz (F+33c)
3 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1925  4-0-08  27.00"   1264.0Hz (Eb+27c)
4 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1925  4-3-10  28.375"  1184.0Hz (D+14c)
5 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1925  5-1-21  30.50"   1068.0Hz (C+35c)
6 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon  1925  6-3-20  33.50"    948.0Hz (Bb+29c)

Photo Gallery

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The Church - Looking East The Church - Looking West
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The Bells The Third Bell -
Showing the Quality of the Casting
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The Bells in the Foundry, 1925  

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