WILLEY, St Leonard 3: 4½cwt in B - Unringable
History Of The Bells
A church of the C14 and C15, with a small tower at the west end. It was restored between 1880 and 1885 at the expense of the Rector and Patron, the Rev. F. Morgan Payler. The architect was Walter F. Lyon of London, and Messrs. Law & King of Lutterworth were the contractors. Completed in 1880-81, the restoration of the tower and the rehanging of the bells came first. The restoration of the rest of the church followed later, in 1884-5. The reopening took place on 16 June 1885.
These bells are both unringable and unsafe. The ropes have been removed to prevent ringing and replacements should not be fitted.
The bells were last rehung in 1881. Inspections by Taylors and Whitechapel in 1930 both recommended a complete rehang. The oak frame design is poor.
All bells retain their canons and have not been turned. Notes, treble to tenor, are E, D and B
Details of the Bells
1 Bryan Eldridge, Coventry 1658 2¾cwt 23.75" 1300.5Hz (E-23c)
2 Thomas Eayre I, Kettering 1730 3-1-15 25.75" 1167.0Hz (D-11c)
3 Hugh Watts II, Leicester 1617 4½cwt 29.50" 995.0Hz (B+12c)
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