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SOLIHULL* St Alphege 12, 21-1-11 in Eb plus 6b

Grid Reference 139/153792 Solihull Church - Source: St Martin's Guild
Postcode B91 3RQ
Recording None Available
Affiliation St Martin's Guild
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 1015-1100 & 1730-1820 (Q.P. on 1st evening)
Practice Tuesday 1930-2100

History Of The Bells

This is a majestic "spired" church that is situated in the centre of town; one that can be seen from quite a distance. The church is medieval, dating from the 13th century.  The previous spire was c.194ft and collapsed in 1757: the current spire is c.188ft.  It is the only medieval cruciform church in the Diocese of Birmingham and one of only four in the historic county of Warwickshire.

The current ring is a successor to an 8 cast by Henry Bagley between 1683 and 1686. Previous to this the "third bell" had been recast by Gawin Baker of Henley in around 1600 and again by Paul Hutton of Nottingham in 1618 and weighing 15-1-6. A bell had also been recast in 1581. The tenor was a recast of a 1659 bell. In 1552 there had been "iij belles and clock and ij sacring bells" in "Solyhull". The bells survived the damage caused to the spire by a hurricane. The fittings were damaged and the tenor fell out of the frame and this needed to be repaired. The bells were tuned in 1858 and the belfry repaired in 1867.

Of the Bagley ring, the third (previously recast by Lester & Pack in 1753) and fifth were recast by Barwell in 1894, the same time as they rehung the bells and added two trebles to make the ring up to 10. The frame is by Taylors 1932 when the whole installation was renewed, modified to accommodate extra bells in 1968. The semitone bell, cast 1996 and dedicated 1997, is the the pit formerly of the 4th of 10 (left vacant between 1968 and 1996) and bells 4, 5 and 6 are in the pits created by the insertion of three lowside pits to the south of the 1932 frame.

All the bells were cast with flat tops. They form a fine ring of 12.

Details of the Bells

 1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1968   3-3-11  1846.0Hz (Bb-17c)
 2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1968   4-0-14  1644.0Hz (Ab-18c)
 3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1932   5-0-19  1557.0Hz (G-12c)
 4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1932   5-0-25  1386.0Hz (F-14c)
 5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1932   5-1-25  1232.0Hz (Eb-17c)
 6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1932   5-2-05  1162.0Hz (D-19c)
 7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1932   6-1-05  1036.0Hz (C-17c)
 8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1932   7-2-16   923.0Hz (Bb-17c)
 9 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1932   9-2-11   821.0Hz (Ab-20c)
10 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1932  11-0-03   776.0Hz (G-18c)
11 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1932  14-0-09   692.0Hz (F-16c)
12 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1932  21-1-11   616.5Hz (Eb-16c)
6b John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1996   5-3-26  1101.0hz (Db-12c)

Details of the Pre-1932 Ring

 1 James Barwell, Birmingham       1894   5-2-1
 2 James Barwell, Birmingham       1894   5-3-0
 3 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe       1683   6-0-2
 4 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe       1683   6-2-23
 5 James Barwell, Birmingham       1894   7-2-4
 6 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe       1685   8-3-0
 7 James Barwell, Birmingham       1894   9-3-2
 8 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe       1686  11-0-12
 9 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe       1685  12-2-21
10 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe       1685  19-1-21

Photo Gallery

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The Ringing Chamber -
Tenor to the right.
The Ringing Chamber-
Treble to the left
The Church - Looking East. Source: Aidan MacRae Thomson The Church - Looking West. Source: Kuvamme
 The Church - Looking East The Church - Looking West 
Plan. Source: British History Online
Plan of the Church  

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