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WARWICK, All Saints Emscote 8, 16-1-18 in F# (GF)

Grid Reference 151/296658 Emscote Church - Source:
Postcode CV34 5NL
Peals Felstead Database
Date Lost 1967
Other Information Church Website


The tower and spire here were added in 1872 to the original church of 1854-6. It was paid for by Miss Marianne Philips of Leamington. Miss Philips also gave the bells, six in 1876 and two more in 1885. The bells were rung from the ground floor and hung in a three tier frame, with nos 1 and 4 on top, 2, 3 5 and 6 in the middle, and 7 and 8 below. Eight peals were rung here between 1886 and 1910, 4 of Stedman Tripes, 3 of Grandsire Triples and one of Plain Bob Major. The last 3 were rung on 29th August, 3rd October and 12th October 1910 and one can only speculate as to why there were no further peals rung here.

The installation of the ring of 6 was reported in the Leamington Courier and that in turn reported in "Church Bells" on May 13th 1876:

The installation of the two trebles was reported in the same magazine on November 13th 1885:

Details of the first peal on the bells are given in "Bells News" of May 1st 1886:

On Easter Monday, April 26th, a number of the members of the above Society decided to visit the interesting town of Warwick. Permission having been obtained for a peal on the fine ring of eight at All Saints, Emscote, a start was made for that church. Here the members of the band were taken charge of by the courteous steeple-keeper, Mr. Brown, who, having shewn and described the many beauties of the truly magnificent interior, conducted his visitors to the belfry. The peal, as described in our peal column, was then rung, and the band, with their friends were afterwards entertained with refreshments at Mr. Brown's house, where a course on the handbells was given. During a walk round the town the neighbouring towers at St. Mary’s and St. Nicholas were visited.
The visitors take this opportunity of tendering their thanks to the Rev. Dr. Dickins for the use of the bells, and to Mr. Brown for his hospitality.
[It is hoped that the ringing of the peal above alluded to will be the means of establishing the practice of ringing in this neighbourhood.— E d .]"

The following was printed in Bell News in the edition of December 6th 1902as part of a long series of articles about rings of bells.

"Emscote (Warwickshire). All Saints. Eight bells. All by Taylor, the two trebles, 1885, the rest 1876. Tenor 17 cwt., diameter 3 ft. 8 in. Timber frame. Bells go very well. Repairs by Taylor, date not given. All necessary work at once attended to. Ropes new 1897, good. No half-pull or regular Sunday ringing. Practice : except during Lent and harvest, Monday, 7."

The following appeared in Bell News on March 19th 1904:

An interesting event took place in the tower of All Saints church, Emscote, on Saturday, February 13th, when a tablet recording the three peals rung last year was unveiled by Miss Dickins. The Vicar and Miss Dickins were met by several members of the society in the belfry, the company including most of those who had taken part in the peals. Thie Hon. Secretary in requesting Miss Dickins to unveil the tablet, bore testimony to the gratitude of the members for the kind welcome which had always been given them by the Vicar. Several touches were then rung, after,which those present were entertained at supper. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Dr. and Miss Dickins for the interest they took in the doings of the society, and for their hospitality on this occasion, The tablet is the work of Mr. James Hunt, of Guildford, and gives the greatest satisfaction to all concerned."

The tower was said to have been weakened by bomb damage in the air raids which devastated Coventry in November 1940 and the bells were not rung again after World War II. A large part of the west wall fell down during Evensong on Palm Sunday. The bells were taken down in 1967 and sold to Taylors for scrap. The church was demolished in 1968 - the tower initially "surviving" an attempt to blow it up! The then vicar, Revd. P N Snow described the church as "a good example of Victorian jerry building"!

The picture of church under demolition (1967) is reprinted in Rosemary Booth's "Around Warwick in Old Photographs" (Alan Sutton, 1990) p.75, with other pictures of the church. There are pictures in the Coventry Evening Telegraph of 4 August 1967 showing the demolition workers trying to pull the tower over by means of wires attached to a bulldozer, they failed, several times over a period of a couple of weeks! Pulling the rest of the church down was an easier process.

On August 15th the tower certainly had the last laugh! The workers again failed to pull over the body of the tower, having knocked down one corner with a bulldozer, and were discussing what to do next when the tower fell over of its own accord.

Previously, there was an article on the dismantling of the bells in the Coventry Evening Telegraph 30 January 1967. The bells were taken to Loughborough to be stored, "Until a decision is taken about their future" In this it says that the churchwardens appealed for £2000 in 1922 for urgent repairs to the tower, which was in danger of serious damage every time the bells were rung - this amount was never raised. The article further says that Taylors advised in 1948 that is was "a waste of time re-hanging the bells". Finally it says that Mr King, churchwarden and chairman of the project committee, says that bells would be installed in the new church, but whether it would be a peel (sic) of eight depended on the architects. There are no bells installed in the new church - which is shown in the main pciture.

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1885   4-1-19  26.25"
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1885   4-1-11  27.00"
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1876   5-2-05  29.50"
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1876   5-3-25  31.50"
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1876   7-3-04  34.50"
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1876   8-3-14  36.25"
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1876  10-3-04  39.25"
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1876  16-1-18  44.375"

 Photo Gallery

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The Church in the 1870s The Church, Schoolmaster's
House and St Edith's House
in the 1920s
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A Dramatic Picture
of the Church in a
State of Demolition
(Parts of The Frame  Can
Be Seen in the Picture)
The Interior of the Church

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