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ASHOW Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 4, 6cwt in B (GF)

Grid Reference 140/312702 Ashow Church - Source Mapio
Postcode CV8 2LE
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals None
Sunday None 
Practice None
Other Information Church Website


South-West of Kenilworth, just off the B4115 near the entrance to Stoneleigh Abbey.  The Grade I listed church dates from the early 12th century.  There are wonderful 18th century box pews in the nave.

The church, dating from the early part of the 12th century, is situated on the north bank of the River Avon. It consists of a chancel, nave, and west tower. Both the nave and chancel have tiled roofs of fairly steep pitch. The chancel and nave are early-12th-century, and the square tower was added about the middle of the 15th century. The three-stage tower has a moulded plinth which is continued round the buttresses.  The east gable wall is constructed of ashlar, probably refaced when the 15th century window was put in, which is a three-light with cinquefoil tracery, with a pointed arch and hoodmoulding, all much restored. There is an angle buttress at the south-east corner only, probably part of the 15thcentury work. The south wall has a square-headed two-light window of two splayed orders, probably inserted at the end of the 16th century. The south aisle wall was been entirely rebuilt in light-coloured sandstone ashlar with wide shallow buttresses at each end, probably late in the 18th century. 

The 17th century frame includes some of the timber from an earlier medieval frame and is of a fairly common layout, with an empty central "pit". The frame with is considered to be historically important. The fittings are mostly contemporary with the bells, though the wheels are later. The tenor has had its canons removed, the others retain theirs. None of the bells have been turned.

Until recently these bells had not been rung regularly for some time. There had long been a belief that the bells are unringable. However, recent minor work has meant that these bells are once again ringable, but are not easy to ring. They remain somewhat "fragile" and should be rung for only short periods and "with care".

There is a separate clock bell hung on the roof of the tower, Warners 1867, 16" in diameter and weighing around 1cwt.

The inscriptions are give in Tilley and Walters' book, "The Church Bells of Warwickshire"

Follow the road, a dead end getting ever narrower, through the village and the church is at the end, with a small amount of parking by the village club.

From John Greenhough:
In 1793, Briant of Hertford provided the present ring of four which has a tenor of 6 cwt. While the headstocks and bearings are original, the other fittings appear to have been renewed. Parts of the frame are medieval and the tower dates from the fourteenth century; it is possible that the previous bells are those now struck by the clock in the gatehouse of Stoneleigh Abbey. A lack of interest due to the small number of bells coupled with pessimistic bellhangers' reports had led to doubts over their safety, but only a few minor repairs were necessary to bring them back into order. After over thirty years of silence, they were raised for Sunday service by ringers from Coventry and Stoneleigh. They having rung for several services and opened the Golden Jubilee party in 2002.

Details of the Bells

1 John Briant, Hertford 1793 3cwt   24.00"  1341.5Hz (E+30c)
2 John Briant, Hertford 1793 3½cwt  24.25"  1236.0Hz (D#-12c)
3 John Briant, Hertford 1793 4cwt   28.25"  1130.5Hz (C#+34c)
4 John Briant, Hertford 1793 6cwt   31.00"   995.5Hz (B+14c)

Photo Gallery

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The Treble The third bell. Note the
old timber to the left and
the spelling "Hartford"
on the inscription
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The clock bell The wonderful box pews

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