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CHURCH LAWFORD St Peter 6, 7-3-5 in Bb (GF)

Grid Reference 140/454763 Church Lawford Church - Source M Chester
Postcode CV23 9EG
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday For Morning Service on a rota
Practice Thursday 1930-2100


A nice village on the A428 Coventry to Rugby Road a little before Rugby itself. Turn off the main road, signed Church Lawford NOT Long Lawford which is closer to Rugby and which does not have a ring of bells, go into the village and the church is at the end of a dead end street, (unsurprisingly called Church Road!), off to your right. It is a very sturdy looking tower and the church is well kept.

The church stands on the north side of a large churchyard. It consists of a chancel, nave, north and south aisles, west tower, north porch, and a vestry. It was rebuilt in the gothic style in hammer-dressed sandstone ashlar in 1874, and all that has been retained of the previous church is three bays of the 14th-century north arcade, two piscinas, the font, and some fragments of tracery and early-14th-century slabs with foliated crosses built into the tower walls. A low side window and two lancets, redressed and restored have been re-used in the north wall of the chancel.

Before the rebuilding of the church there were three bells, a treble dated 1741, 3-2-8; a middle bell that was mediaeval, 4-3-0; and tenor by Hugh Watts of Leicester 1621 which weighed 4-3-14. In 1872 three new heavier bells were cast by Taylors and the original tenor made into the treble of four. The new bells weighed 5-1-4, 5-2-27 and 8-1-10. All this cost the princely sum of £189 9s 7d. Their inscriptions are given in Tilley and Walters' book, "The Church Bells of Warwickshire"

Today, they are cast iron "H" frame and fittings are by Taylors, 1937. At this time the treble of the existing ring of 4 was recast, with a facsimile inscription and two trebles added and a new cast iron H-frame, layout 6.14, and fittings were provided. The 1872 bells have been quarter turned and their canons have been removed (hence the lighter than supplied weights). The three trebles were cast with flat tops and have not been turned. The bells go well, being rung from the ground floor.

The opening of the bells was reported in The Ringing World of August 6th 1937"

The Church of St. Peter, Church Lawford, Warwickshire, until recently possessed only four bells. By the generosity of a friend of the Rector, these have been rehung in a new iron frame with all new fittings, the old treble recast and two new trebles added, making a very musical ring of six in tho key of B flat, with a tenor of 7 cwt. 3 qr. 5 lb.
The bells were dedicated on Saturday, July 24th, by the Bishop of Coventry, who was accompanied by the Rev. W. H. Trickett (Rector), tho Rev. T. N. R. Prentice, Vicar of Newbold-on-Avon, and Canon Ashton. The dedication took place in the tower, and, following the blessing, the bells were rung by six members of the Warwickseire Guild and also again immediately after the service. Tea was then partaken of in the Parish Room, a bountiful spread having been generously provided by the ladies of the Church Council, to whom the best thanks of the ringers are due.
A large number of ringers were present, including Mr. R. F. Deal, of London, and the methods rung during the evening ranged from Grandsire Doubles to London Surprise Minor.
On the following day for morning service, 720 of Bob Minor was rung: W. Vann 1, B. Beebee 2, C. Rayson 3, ,1. B. Fenton 4, C. H. Webb 5, J. H. White (conductor) 6.
The restoration has been carried out. by Messrs. Taylor and Co., of Loughborough, and is another excellent example of their work. Mr. J. P. Fidler represented the firm."

Apart from the founder's name, location and date on the shoulder, the Taylor bells are inscribed on their waists:

3 (Founder's mark)

The first peal on the bells was rung in 1946:

Parking in on the grass by the churchyard gate - careful if it has been wet as you might get stuck - I did!. Entry is by the North door.

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1937  3-1-20  24.50"   1553.0Hz (G-17c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1937  3-3-10  26.00"   1393.0Hz (F-5c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1937  4-1-09  27.625"  1232.0Hz (Eb-17c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1872  4-3-20  29.625"  1162.0Hz (D-19c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1872  5-0-22  31.50"   1036.0Hz (C-17c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1872  7-3-05  35.375"   923.5Hz (Bb-16c)

Photo Gallery

The Church - Looking East. Source: Mike Chester The Chancel. Source: Mike Chester
The Church - Looking East The Chancel
The Church - Looking West. Source: Mike Chester The Ringing Chamber. Source: Mike Chester
The Church - Looking West The Ringing Chamber

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