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PRINCETHORPE (R.C), Benedictine Priory of Our Lady of Angels 8, 10cwt in G

Grid Reference 140/394710 Princethorpe Chapel - Source: Derek Wilde
Postcode CV23 9PX
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The chapel, otherwise known as the church of Our Lady & the Angels which was built between 1897-1901 to the designs of Peter Paul Pugin, son of the great medievalist A.W.N.Pugin. It's gothic exterior culminates in a soaring south west tower, and is distinguished by being finished in a rich red brick with stone dressings. The interior of church is by contrast finished in light stone and plaster and is an impressive cruciform space, richly furnished with Pugin's metal screens and gilded altar canopy and a full complement of stained glass by John Hardman Studios of Birmingham. The church serves both the school as chapel and as a Catholic parish church (served from nearby Wappenbury).

The bells were cast by Warners to ringing weights. Their dedication was noted in an article in "Bell News" published on July 21st 1900:

They are hung dead in two rows of four and chimed from an Ellacombe manual. The weights come from a newspaper report of the dedication in June 1900.

The tower looks strong enough for a ringing peal, given sufficient interest and funding. A couple of large water tanks at the top of the tower might make ringing there somewhat "interesting".

There is an Angelus bell (3cwt) hung for swinging - also by Warner 1899.

In the tower of the original chapel there are three small bells by Thomas Mears, 1835, the largest about 2½ cwt. (q.v).

Details of the Bells

1 John Warner & Sons, London  1899   3½cwt  25.25"
2 John Warner & Sons, London  1899   4¼cwt  25.25"
3 John Warner & Sons, London  1899   4½cwt  26.50"
4 John Warner & Sons, London  1899   5½cwt  28.00"
5 John Warner & Sons, London  1899   6¼cwt  30.00" 
6 John Warner & Sons, London  1899   7cwt   32.50"
7 John Warner & Sons, London  1899   7¾cwt  36.00"
8 John Warner & Sons, London  1899  10cwt   39.00"

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The Chapel. Source: A MacRae Thomson The Chapel. Source: A MacRae Thomson The Chapel. Source: A MacRae Thomson
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