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ERDINGTON* St.Barnabas 8, 15-1-15 in F

Grid Reference 139/110917 erdington2_small
Postcode B24 9AY
Recording None Available
Affiliation St Martin's Guild
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 0930-1000
Practice Tuesday 1930-2030
Other Information Church Website


The church itself is in the shopping centre area of town. It was built in 1822-4, designed by Thomas Rickman, as a chapel of ease to Aston, consecrated in July of 1824. It became a parish in its own right in 1858. The church was enlarged in 1882-3 and re-ordered in 1985-6. Shortly after the church was opened a single bell, cast Thomas Mears in 1825 and weighing 12-2-7 (in F#), was installed for ringing in the tower.

The church was famous for its eight stained glass windows depicting scenes of the life of Jesus and stories from the scriptures, including the Raising of Lazarus, The Resurrection, The Good Samaritan and St Paul and St Barnabas, which were also designed by Thomas Rickman. All but one were destroyed in the 2007 fire. 

In 1890 a set of tubular bells was installed, but these did not last long. (They were moved to Water Orton, where they no longer remain.) The tubes, along with the single bell, were replaced by a ring of bells within 14 years. The ring hang in a two tier frame (5th above) manufactured by Taylors 1903. They were cast, all with flat tops, on 13 December 1903 and dedicated on 21 February 1904. They were given in memory of Mary Proctor Ryland, who died on 2 November 1903, and the faculty was issued on 22 December 1903. So it was a bit of a rush job!

The inscriptons are given in Tilley and Walters' book, "The Church Bells of Warwickshire":

The first peal on the bells came shortly after they were installed:

The following was published as part of a series of articles in Bell News on September 23rd 1905:

"Erdington (Warwickshire). St. Barnabas. St. Martin’s : Guild, Birmingham. Eight bells ; all by Taylor, 1904. Tenor 15 cwt., diameter 3 ft. 8 in. Iron frame. Bells go well. Ropes new 1904, good. Method: “ Grandsire ; proper, barring four Standard Methods ” {sic). Sunday ringing; 10.15 to 11, and 6 to 6.30. Practice; Wednesday, 8; Saturday, 3.30."

There was an article about the bells and ringers here that was published in The Ringing World on August 1st 1913 - and a fine lot they look!

(Click to enlarge)

They were rehung on ball bearings by Taylors in two stages, in 1946 (6-7) and 1959 (the rest). There are a few municipal car parks close to the church and the odd car is able to park in the churchyard itself. 

A major fire, believed to be arson, in October of 2007 destroyed the roof and interior of the church. The bells were left untouched. The church interior has been remodelled, work starting in January 2011, and re-opened in time for Christmas 2012. The work was carried out by Linfords, a company owned by a bellringer! As part of this work a cafe area as been recreated.

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1903   4-3-12  26.75"   1411.0Hz (F+17c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1903   5-0-08  27.375"  1324.0Hz (E+7c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1903   5-2-22  29.875"  1179.0Hz (D+6c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1903   6-0-07  31.50"   1056.0Hz (C+16c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1903   7-1-27  34.25"    938.5Hz (Bb+11c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1903   7-3-17  35.50"    884.5Hz (A+9c)
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1903  11-0-09  39.625"   792.0Hz (G+18c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1903  15-1-15  44.50"    704.0Hz (F+14c)

Photo Gallery

Erdington Aisle - Source Vinnyman1 Erdington Interior - Source Vinnyman1
A closer view of
the new South Aislde
The church interior

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