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BUBBENHALL St Giles, 6, 5-1-13 in Bb (GF)

Grid Reference 140/360725 Bubbenhall Church - Source: Mike Chester
Postcode CV8 3BE
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday None
Practice None


The church consists of chancel, nave, west tower, vestry, and south porch. It was built late in the 13th century, when it consisted of chancel and nave. The tower was added early in the 14th century and the top stage late in the same century. The only evidence of an earlier church is the 12th-century font in the tower. A modern vestry and boiler-house have been built on the north side. The 13th-century church is built with a dark red sandstone in roughly coursed rubble with ashlar dressings; for the later work a lighter coloured stone was used. The roofs are modern, covered with tiles.

This unringable 3 were augmented to 6 for the millennium. The original bells were hung in a medieval(?) frame for full circle ringing before they were converted to a chiming system by having ropes attached to their clappers. Living memory insists that they used to be used regularly about 35 yrs ago. An existing Newcombe of Leicester bell, c1580, is intended to become the clock bell and the old tenor has been used for its metal in the casting of the new bells, leaving only one bell of the original ring. The clock bell is yet to be brought into action, it being in the old wooden frame of c1670. The fifth, which is listed, is the old tenor from the ring of 3 from the redundant church at Little Packington.

The bells were installed in the first week of September 2000 and dedicated on September 17th. The new bells were cast without canons, the older ones retain theirs. Five of the bells hang in a steel and cast iron frame, with third hung above the others in a steel frame.#

The first quarter on the bells was rung in 2001 and reported in The Ringing World of March 30th that year:

The first peal on the bells was rung in 2011, the details being:

The church is at the end of a dead end called, unsurprisingly, Church Road - the entrance to the street being in the middle of the village. There is a very enthusiastic local band that positively welcome visitors! Limited car parking is available by the churchyard wall and entry is via the south door.

Details of the Bells

1 J Taylor, Bellfounders Ltd   2000  2-0-12  21.50"   1556.0Hz (G-13c)
2 J Taylor, Bellfounders Ltd   2000  2-2-06  23.00"   1385.0Hz (F-15c)
3 J Taylor, Bellfounders Ltd   2000  2-3-18  24.625"  1235.0Hz (Eb-13c)
4 J Taylor, Bellfounders Ltd   2000  3-1-06  26.00"   1168.0Hz (D-10c)
5 Edward Newcombe, Leicester  c1600  4-0-27  29.00"   1040.0Hz (C-11c)
6 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe     1670  5-1-13  31.75"    924.0Hz (Bb-16c)

Disused Bell

Newcombe of Leicester         c1570  5cwt in C 30.25"

Photo Gallery

The Church - Looking East. Source: Mike Chester The Sanctuary. Source: Mike Chester
The Church - Looking East The Sanctuary
The Church - Looking West. Source: Mike Chester The Ringing Chamber. Source: Mike Chester
The Church - Looking West  The Ringing Chamber
showing the door to the "facilities!"
Pictures of the three bells prior the 2000 restoration
and a new and an old bell on their return from Taylors.
(Source: Keith Chambers)


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