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HALFORD Our Blessed Lady 6, 7-2-16 in A (GF)

Grid Reference 151/256456 Halford Church - Source M Chester
Postcode CV36 5BT
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday None
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This is a really nice little Warwickshire church! It is situated to the west side of the A429. Turn in by the pub. Until recently these were an unringable 3, but were augmented in 1996 by the addition of the treble and second from the old three at Little Packington (q.v.). They were last rehung by Bond of Burford in around 1883.

Drastic restorations have obscured the history of the development, but the nave dates from about 1150, as shown by the chancel arch and two doorways. A small north window of 12th-century character is all modern but probably represents an original opening. There is no evidence for the date of the medieval chancel; its size suggests a 13th-century enlargement, but probably it suffered alterations after the Reformation—a date 1674 is inscribed on one of the pavement steps—and these have been replaced by modern windows, &c. The nave was lengthened in the 13th century and the west wall built with clasping buttresses at the angles, and shortly afterwards (c. 1270) the south aisle was added, with an arcade of three bays, and the tower west of it, both with similar clasping buttresses, that at the northwest angle of the tower adjoining and forming a straight joint with the like south-west buttress of the nave. In modern times, evidently owing to weakness, the arcade has had to be rebuilt. The north-east window of the nave is of exotic design and material for this part of the county, being of red Kenilworth stone, and it is suggested that the window was brought from Kenilworth Abbey after the Suppression. The north porch is not easy to date but may be of the 17th or 18th century. Modern restorations took place in 1862 and 1883.

Examining the bells weights will show a somewhat unusual weight distribution. Nevertheless a pleasant country ring of 5 was created. The announcement of a Millennium grant meant that these become a ring of 6, the treble being dedicated on 30th July 2000. The fourth is believed to be the oldest inscribed bell in the county - of early C14th date. The fifth is a recast of a mid-fifteenth century bell by a London founder.

Previously they hung in a two tier frame, the old treble being right at the top of the tower. The lower frame was incorporated in present arrangements - containing bells 2 and 5 - the others being hung in a new cast iron frame of 1995 below. The old fittings were by Bond of Burford 1883. The new bell was cast with a flat top, the canons have been removed from the fourth, the rest retain their canons. Bells 2, 3 & 5 have been quarter turned, the tenor eight turned and the fourth turned by an unknown amount, it having been turned more than once.

The clappers were re-profiled, re-bushed and crown staples refurbished in June 2021.

Tilley and Walters, in their "The chuch Bells of Warwickshire" book, give the inscriptions here and at Little Packington and we can therefore deduce the inscriptions for the back 5 bells from here

The first peal on the bells was rung on the five in 1996:

The first quarter peal on the 6 was rung shortly after the treble was installed: "Halford, W arwicks. 8 Aug, 1260 Doubles (10m/v): Pamela Copson 1, Anna Richardson 2, Edward Copson 3, John Nicholls (C) 4, Michael Gray 5, Fr Russen Thomas 6. First Q on the six after augmentation". It wasn't until 2017 before the ring of 6 was pealed, by Colin Turner's "St Blaise Society" band:

Limited parking is available by the churchyard gate. Enter by the north door.

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough              2000  2-0-18  22.00"  1460.0Hz (F#-24c)
2 Thomas Newcombe, Leicester                 c1580  2-0-18  23.25"  1308.0Hz (E-14c)
3 Edward Newcombe & Hugh Watts I, Leicester  c1595  2-2-14  25.00"  1156.0Hz (D-28c)
4 Unknown                                    C14th  6-1-14  31.25"  1094.0Hz (C#-23c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough              1883  6-2-22  32.25"   972.0Hz (B-28c)
6 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe                    1639  7-2-16  35.50"   866.0Hz (A-28c)

Photo Gallery

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The Ringing Chamber The Church -
Looking East
The Church -
Looking West
The Clappers 

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