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TANWORTH-IN-ARDEN St Mary Magdalene 8, 12-1-5 in F#

Grid Reference 139/114705 Tanworth Church - Source: DAvid Kelly
Postcode B94 5AJ
Affiliation St Martin's Guild
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 1000-1030
Practice 1930-2100 (Check)


The church consists of a chancel, nave, wide north aisle, porches, and west tower with a spire. It was largely built in the half-century leading up to 1330/40.  The church has abnormally thick walls for the period, 3'0"-3'9". A general restoration was carried out in 1880.

The frame and fittings are by Mears & Stainbank, 1949. These bells replace a ring of six by Richard Sanders of Bromsgrove 1707, of which the tenor had been recast by Joseph Smith of Edgbaston in 1733, it weighing 12-0-9. They had been last rehung in 1894.

The current ring was cast with flat tops and are hung in a cast iron lowside frame.

They are tuned against "Old Concert Pitch" which has "A" as being 454Hz. Today concert pitch is based on "A" being 440Hz. This means that the ring if cast today would be said to be just nearer to being in the key of G.

Work was carried out on the installation by Taylors in February 2018. The bells were lifted from their pits and their bearings were cleaned/replaced as necessary. The rope circle was improved and the roller boxes restored, and the bell frame cleaned and repainted.

A good ring of bells that are worth a visit

Details of the Bells

1 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel  1949   4-1-21  26.00"  1528.0Hz (F#+55c)
2 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel  1949   4-2-23  27.00"  1438.0Hz (E#+50c)
3 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel  1949   4-2-16  28.00"  1276.0Hz (D#+43c)
4 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel  1949   5-2-00  30.00"  1148.0Hz (C#+60c)
5 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel  1949   5-3-17  32.00"  1020.0Hz (B+56c)
6 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel  1949   6-2-20  33.00"   956.0Hz (A#+43c)
7 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel  1949   8-2-02  36.00"   860.0Hz (G#+60c)
8 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel  1949  12-1-05  41.00"   764.0Hz (F#+55c)

Photo Gallery

The Church - Looking East: Source: Aidan MacRae Thomson The Chancel: Source: Mark Salmon
The Church - Looking East The Chancel 


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