WORMLEIGHTON, St Peter 3: c.8cwt in A - Unringable
History Of The Bells
This church is right in the corner of Warwickshire. The parish is bordered by Northamptonshire to the East and Oxfordshire to the South. The church, built around 1850 is Grade I listed due to its significant historic interest. The Lord of the Manor is Earl Spencer, brother to the late Princess of Wales.
These bells are unsafe. The mediaeval bell was rehung on ball bearings by Mears and Stainbank in the 1950s and the rest are on fittings from 1843 rehanging by William Watson of Napton, it having the same problems as his other work at Marton: the tenor is unturned but is heavily worn. The wheels are almost complete, but the bearings are heavily worn.
At first sight these bells appear perfectly ringable; it is only the state of the bearings and the tenor's clapper-wear that prohibit this.
Don't be misled by Church Bells of Warkwickshire's claim of a one-ton tenor - it's only about 8cwt!
Details of the Bells
1 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe 1642 5cwt 30.00" 1121.0Hz (C#+19c)
2 Robert Mellours, Nottingham c1520 6½cwt 33.25" 984.0Hz (B-7c)
3 Hugh Watts, Leicester 1617 c8cwt 35.875" 873.5Hz (A-13c)