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UFTON, St Michael 3: 5cwt in D - Unringable

Grid Reference 151/378621 Ufton Church - Source: Mapio
Postcode CV33 9PJ
Recording None Available
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals None
Sunday None
Practice None
Other Information Unringable

History

The church stands on the crest of a hill and towards the north side of the churchyard, which is banked up above the road by a retaining wall. The church consists of a chancel, nave, north and south aisles, west tower, and south porch. There appears to have been a church here early in the 13th century, probably consisting only of a nave and chancel; the doorway in the south aisle is of this date and it was probably removed from the nave and re-erected when the aisle was built; the rest of the church is mainly 14th-century, with the exception of the belfry stage of the tower, which is 15th-century. The pitch of the aisle roofs was lowered for the insertion of clearstory windows, probably in the 16th century. In 1860 the chancel arch, porch, and the wall of the south aisle were rebuilt, and the nave re-roofed; and in 1881 the south aisle was also re-roofed.

These bells are unringable. One corner of frame being was unsupported where a foundation beam was chopped away for boiler flue, though this has been remedied recently with an R.S.J.

Fittings are by Barwell 1880s when they strengthened the frame and rehung the bells.

A recent survey indicated that the frame has some movement but the gudgeons on the treble, and possibly other bells, require new bolts - the treble has a loose gudgeon. The frame generally requires tightening/strengthening and gudgeons etc. before ringing.

They are chimed regularly for service.

Details of the Bells

1 Matthew Bagley III, Chacombe  1779  3½cwt  24.25"  1452.0Hz (F#-33c)
2 Matthew Bagley III, Chacombe  1779  4cwt   27.00"  1303.0Hz (E-20c)
3 Matthew Bagley III, Chacombe  1779  5cwt   28.50"  1151.5Hz (D-34c)
  

Photo Gallery

The Church - Looking East. Source: Aidan MacRae Thomson The Church - Looking West. Source: Aidan MacRae Thomson
The Church - Looking East The Church - Looking West

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