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WITHYBROOK All Saints 4, 8cwt in Ab (GF)

Grid Refernce 140/437841 Withybrook Church - Source David Kelly
Postcode CV7 9LP
Recording None Available
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals None
Sunday By Arangement
Practice By Arrangement

History

A delightful village setting by a stream. Find the church on a 90 degree bend on the main road, behind the Pheasant Pub, (that is worth visiting in itself). Leave your car here as the narrow road down the right side of the pub to the church has no parking or turning space at the end.

The church, east of the village, stands in a small churchyard. It consists of a chancel, nave, north and south aisles, north chapel, south porch, and a tower built into the north-west corner of the church. It was rebuilt in the 14th century when the aisles were added. The only evidence of an earlier church is a late-12thcentury font. Late in the 15th century the tower was built, the aisle being widened to accommodate it, the chapel and clearstory added, and the chancel partly rebuilt. It was restored in 1821 and again in 1890.

The bells are an old fashioned set that did take some ringing, but were by no means unringable. They have recently had a fine iron rope guide added and the pullies overhauled and therefore go a bit better than previously. They hang in an oak frame from c.1820, with fittings by Barwell, 1907. The three cracked trebles, Robert(?) Newcombe of Leicester, 1582, Bryan Eldridge of Coventry, 1656 and John Martin of Worcester, 1654 were all recast at this time. Tilley and Walters state that these bells were cracked, the second and third being so by 1876. The treble was one of the earliest dated bells in the county. The tenor retains its canons and has been quarter turned, the others were cast with flat tops.

The tower is, unusually, on the North-West side of the church. There is also an unusual Easter Sepulchre beside the altar - the host and wine used in mediaeval times be "buried" in it between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Entry is via the south door.

If you want to go up to the bells be careful as the stairs up the tower are rather worn.

Details of the Bells

1 James Barwell, Birmingham  1907  4cwt   28.25"  1148.0Hz (Db+60c)
2 James Barwell, Birmingham  1907  5½cwt  29.00"  1081.0Hz (C+56c)
3 James Barwell, Birmingham  1907  6cwt   33.00"   960.0Hz (Bb+51c)
4 Newcombe, Leicester        1612  8cwt   36.50"   850.0Hz (Ab+40c)

1 BARWELL FOUNDER BIRMINGHAM
  Waist: CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT OF HAPPISFORD ESQUIRE 1582 / RECAST 1907
2 BARWELL FOUNDER BIRMINGHAM
  Waist: BRYANVS ELDRIDGE ME FECIT 1656 / RECAST 1907 / IN MEMORIAM A.C. DALZIEL ESQ: OF IRVINE. N.B.
3 BARWELL FOUNDER BIRMINGHAM
  Waist: SOLI DEO GLORIA PAX HOMINIBVS 1654 / RECAST 1907
4. + BE • YT • KNOWNE • TO • ALL • THAT • DOTH • ME • SEE • THAT • NEWCOMBE • OF • LEICESTER • MADE • MEE • 1612 (vine border)

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