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STRETTON-ON-DUNSMORE All Saints 6, 7-0-14 in B

Grid Reference 140/407725 Stretton on Dunsmore Church - Source: David Kelly
Postcode CV23 9NA
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday None
Practice None


Set just off the Coventry to Southam road, this is a very pretty village with a nicely kept church, near to a good pub!

The church is situated to the west of the village on the summit of a hill and stands in a large churchyard. It was completed in 1837 from designs by Rickman, and except for the addition of a choir vestry and a new east window inserted in 1936 as a memorial, it is unaltered. It is built of brick faced with stone ashlar and consists of a chancel, nave, north and south aisles, west tower, vestry and choir vestry.

For many year the bells here were an unringable three. They were hung in an oak frame, with all bells swinging north-south, that predated the rebuilding of the tower in 1835-7. The fittings probably dated from this time. This remained the situation here until the early 1990s when the ring was augmented in stages to the highly satisfactory ring of 6 in an 8 bell frame, made locally to designs by Whitechapel, that they are today. The previous second of three was cast at the same time and by the same founder as the treble. This was the same year as when Smith cast a ring of 5 for nearby Brinklow. The fourth has had its canons removed and both old bells have been turned.

The weights of the bells as received at Whitechapel were:- 3-3-15, 4-0-16 and 7-0-23.

Park by the church wall and entry is via the west door of the tower.

Details of the Bells

1 Whitechapel, London       1993  2-2-19  22.50"  1658.5Hz (G#-3c)
2 Whitechapel, London       1993  2-2-25  23.50"  1480.5Hz (F#+1c)
3 Whitechapel, London       1992  3-1-14  25.25"  1321.0Hz (E+3c)
4 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston   1705  3-2-23  26.50"  1243.0Hz (D#-2c)
5 Whitechapel, London       1993  5-0-17  29.50"  1112.0Hz (C#+5c)
6 Hugh Watts II, Leicester  1620  7-0-14  33.25"   991.5Hz (B+7c)

Photo Gallery

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The Church - Looking East The Church - Looking West The Sanctuary
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The Tower The War Memorial on the
North wall of the nave.
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The Ringing Room  A wheel from the
former ring of three 
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The Bells
The empty pits are at the far side
and the top right of the photo 
The Tenor - 
Showing its canon-retaining headstock 

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