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WOLVEY St John the Baptist 6, 12-0-24 in G

Grid Reference 140/430880 Wolvey Church - Source: A MacRae Thomson
Postcode LE10 3LU
Recording
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 0900-0930
Practice Tuesday 1930-2100

History

The church stands on the east side of the main road between Coventry and Hinckley, in a small churchyard. It consists of chancel, nave, north and south aisles, west tower, and south porch. Apart from the south door, nothing remains of the 12th-century church. It was rebuilt early in the 13th century and again in the 14th century, the tower being either rebuilt or added in the 15th century. It has been considerably restored at various times; the north wall of the nave was rebuilt in 1630, slightly north of its original line, re-using a considerable amount of the old material; the east gable was rebuilt in 1624; in the 19th century the clearstory was rebuilt and the nave reroofed. In 1909 a timber-framed south porch was replaced by a stone one, and about the same time the south wall of the chancel was rebuilt with a new doorway and window, and a corresponding window put into the north wall.

According to Dugdale there were 3 bells plus a saunce bell and 2 sacring bells here in 1552. These three bells, Hugh, Toby & John (of York) are now bells 3, 4 & 5 of the 6. The fifth is said to have come from Nuneaton Abbey. The bells were augmented by a tenor and two trebles in a new frame and fittings by Taylors in 1911, at a cost of £300. The fourth bell is the only one in the county by Norris.

The canons of the old bells have been removed, the fourth being quarter turned and the third and fifth each being eighth turned, the new bells were cast with flat tops. They all were rehung on ball bearings in 1953 and they go well.

A pleasant village with a choice of nice pubs. The church is by the main road through Wolvey. There is a small church car park at the east of the church; turn off to the east at the double mini roundabout near the church. Then turn left into School Lane and the parking is by the churchyard wall. Entry is via the south door and then by a short vertical metal ladder to the ringing room.

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough   1911   3-2-24  26.00"   1300.0Hz (E-24c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough   1911   4-1-27  28.50"   1161.0Hz (D-20c)
3 Hugh Watts II, Leicester         1625   4-2-10  30.25"   1032.0Hz (C-24c)
4 Toby Norris II, Stamford         1680   5-2-04  33.00"    973.0Hz (B-26c)
5 John de York, Leicester         c1400   8-3-11  37.00"    864.0Hz (A-32c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough   1911  12-0-24  40.375"   774.0Hz (G-22c)

Photo Gallery

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The Chancel The Ringing Room The Organ
Plan of the Church. Source: British History Online
A Plan of the Church

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