WELLESBOURNE St Peter 6; 10-0-21 in G (GF)
|Sunday||0945-1015 & 1745-1830|
History Of The Bells
One of many nice villages in South Warwickshire, a few miles down the A429 from its junction with the M40. The part of the village which contains the church is sometimes known as Wellesbourne Hastings - though you will not find a sign saying so! The church is well kept and has useful church rooms to the side.
The back six bells, a listed set of bells, are a complete ring of 6 by Henry Bagley II of Chacombe. Bells 3 & 6 had been chip tuned prior to the ring being rehung and tuned and by Taylors in 1955. The frame and fittings, including canon-retaining headstocks, are by Taylors, also 1955 at which point in time they quarter turned the bells. The back six retain their canons, but one of the double canons on the third, now fifth, is broken. The Taylors bells were cast with flat tops.
Two trebles were added in 1981 to celebrate their tercentenary of the ring of six. These were cast using metal from the tenor of the old three at Winderton, a redundant Chapel of Ease in Brailes parish.
Minor works were completed in January 2016. The rope guide was upgraded, top plates were fitted to the canon retaining headstocks, and longer bell bolts were supplied and fitted by Taylors.
The back six are the second oldest complete six after Martley in Worcestershire, cast in 1674. (The oldest in terms of the average age of its bells is St Swithin's in Worcester, but these ware not all cast at one time. Three being cast in around 1420 and the others in 1654.)
Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd, Loughborough 1981 3-3-07 24.875" 1592.0Hz (G+26c)
2 John Taylor Bellfounders Ltd, Loughborough 1981 4-1-20 26.00" 1506.0Hz (F#+30c)
3 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe 1681 4-1-22 27.25" 1339.0Hz (E+27c)
4 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe 1681 4-2-02 28.375" 1193.0Hz (D+27c)
5 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe 1681 5-1-19 30.50" 1062.0Hz (C+25c)
6 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe 1681 6-0-12 32.25" 1003.0Hz (B+26c)
7 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe 1681 7-1-26 34.875" 895.0Hz (A+29c)
8 Henry Bagley II, Chacombe 1681 10-0-24 38.625" 795.0Hz (G+24c)
|The Church - Looking East||The Church - Looking West|
|The Ringing Room||The Fine Reredos|
|The Belfry||Close-up of
|The Tenor, With Its
|A close-up of the Tenor's