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HARBOROUGH MAGNA, All Saints 3: 5cwt in B (Anticlockwise) - Unringable

Grid Reference 140/476792 Harborough Magna Church - Source Revel Group of Parishes
Postcode CV23 0GA
Recording None Available
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals None
Sunday None
Practice None
Other Information Anticlockwise. Unringable


This is a small church consisting of chancel, nave, north and south aisles, west tower, and a vestry. There is no visible evidence of a church earlier than the 14th century, to which date the present tower, north aisle, north and south arcades, and the chancel arch belong. During the 19th century the chancel and south aisle were entirely rebuilt, a clearstory and vestry were added, the internal stonework redressed, and a west doorway inserted. The nave was also re-roofed, probably when the clearstory was added, re-using some members of the old 17th-century roof. 

These bells are unringable. The wheels were removed by Taylors in 1957 when they were contracted to put the tenor back in the frame following an accident. The treble bell is in the southern pit, the second in the centre and the tenor hangs on the north side of the tower. The wheel and pulley positions indicate an anti-clockwise rope circle.

The wheels were stored in the bell chamber for many years, but the top halves have recently been put back onto the bells for display purposes only. They are now sounded via an Ellacambe chiming apparatus.

The treble is dated 1850, and is a recast of an existing bell. The records show that it was cast on 21 November. It left Loughborough on 30 November and the job was invoiced in December. 

The frame is an old one, likely to have been made by William Ragg in 1657. The last rehang of these bells was by John Over of Rugby in 1806. 

The inscriptions are given by Tilley and Walter in their book, "The Church Bells of Warwickshire":

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Son, Loughborough  1850  3-3-16  27.125" 1276.5Hz (D#+43c)
2 Bryan Eldridge, Coventry         1657  4cwt   27.25"   1159.0Hz (C#+77c)
3 Bryan Eldridge, Coventry         1657  5cwt   29.75"   1010.5Hz (B+39c)

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Harborough Magna Interior. Source:
The Interior of the Church
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