WARWICK St Nicholas 8, 15-2-20 in F
|Practice||Wednesday 1930-2100 (2nd & 4th)
(Check for 5th)
History Of The Bells
The bells here were unringable for about 30 years until being recast and rehung in a new cast iron lowside frame by Taylors in 1957. These were a ring of 6 by Richard Keene, 1695. The treble and tenor were recast by Matthew Bagley in 1770 & 1773. The fifth was recast by Edward Arnold in 1798. The third was recast by C & G Mears in 1849 and the treble again was recast in 1877 by Mears and Stainbank. The ring was made into an octave a decade later.
Tilley & Walters note that there were 5 bells by 1552. The 3rd and 4th were recast in 1554-59 by Newcombe of Leicester and there were other, unspecified, recasts in 1561, 1562 and 1565. In 1571 another bell was recast. Another bell, the 4th, was recast by Dankes and Baker in 1619. All went quiet until 1695!
They are an excellent ring of 8 that is popular with peal ringers. Recently there has been adjustable sound control added and this should maintain this church's position as the leading pealed tower in the Coventry Diocese.
This church is easily spotted when coming from the Coventry side of town. It has a spire and is set on the opposite side of a roundabout to the corner of the castle walls. Limited parking is available for cars in the churchyard, enter along St Nicholas Church Street. There is a pay and display car park round to the left at the roundabout at the end of the street. Entry is by the tower stairs on the north side.
There is one band for the two towers in Warwick. Normally practice is here on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month and at St Mary on 2nd and 4th. The band decide which tower to ring at when there is a 5th Wednesday. Sometimes church activities change the schedule, so you might wish to check before turning up - though the two towers are hardly distant from each other!
Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1957 4-1-13 26.00" 1401.0Hz (F+5c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1957 5-0-04 27.125" 1321.0Hz (E+3c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1957 5-0-12 28.00" 1173.0Hz (D-2c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1957 5-1-27 30.375" 1044.0Hz (C-4c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1957 6-1-11 32.50" 928.0Hz (Bb-8c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1957 7-3-15 34.875" 875.0Hz (A-10c)
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1957 11-0-12 39.00" 775.5Hz (G-19c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1957 15-2-20 43.875" 691.0Hz (F-19c)
Details of the Previous Ring
1 Mears and Stainbank, London 1887 4-1-20
2 Mears and Stainbank, London 1887 4-3-22
3 Mears and Stainbank, London 1877 5-2-00
4 Richard Keene, Woodstock 1695 6-0-00
5 C and G Mears, London 1849 8cwt
6 Richard Keene, Woodstock 1649 9cwt
7 Edward Arnold 1798 12cwt
8 Matthew Bagley III, Chacombe 1773 16cwt
|The Nave||Casting the Bells in 1957|