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SHOTTESWELL St Laurence 6, 9-1-0 in G (GF)

Grid Reference 151/426455 Shotteswell Church - Source: www.orchard5.demon.co.uk
Postcode OX17 1JB
Recording
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday Not Known
Practice Tusday 1930-2100 (Check)

History Of The Bells

A nice church with a small spire set in deepest rural South Warwickshire, in fact it is very nearly in the Oxford Guild territory, being only 4 miles from Banbury. This part of Warwick projects into Oxfordshire and the parish is bounded on three sides by Oxfordshire. The Battle of Edgehill took place a short distance from the village on 26th October 1642. The church probably dates from the mid-12th century, with signs of Saxon stones, eg in the support of the font. The tower is early 13th Century, with the spire being added a couple of hundred years later. The church was last restored in 1875.

Until 1996 these were an unringable five, but were rehung and the old tenor of three at Atherstone on Stour was incorporated into the ring as the fourth.

There had been a ring of five here since John Briant added a treble to the existing four bells in 1808. A Bond of Burford bell, a recast of a previous bell in 1888 and weighing 7½cwt, was discarded as part of the project to make these bells ringable. The old wooden frame, a four bell frame of standard layout with the treble hung above between parallel beams was removed in favour of a metal frame in 1995.

Parking right by the church is very difficult. Park just uphill from it at the side of the road.

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1995  4-3-08  27.375"  1325.0Hz (E+9c)
2 John Briant, Hertford           1808  4-1-24  28.625"  1182.0Hz (D+11c)
3 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe        1674  4-3-14  29.625"  1052.0Hz (C+9c)
4 Unknown                         1627  4-3-22  30.625"   993.0Hz (B+9c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1995  6-3-20  33.50"    888.0Hz (A+16c)
6 Hugh Watts II, Leicester        1625  9-1-00  38.00"    788.0Hz (G+9c)

Photo Gallery

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The Church -
Looking East
The Church -
From the South
The Church -
Looking West

 

 

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