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HAMPTON LUCY, St Peter 5, 8cwt

Grid Reference 151/257570 Hampton Lucy Church - Source: M Chester
Postcode CV35 8BE
Peals None
Date Lost 1822


The old church was demolished in 1822 to make way for the present building, and this very grand church was completed in 1826. It is interesting as being one of the earliest and best examples of the work of the 19th-century 'Gothic revivalists'. It was designed by T. Rickman and consists of a chancel, nave with a clearstory, north and south aisles, north porch, and west tower. In 1858 the east end was remodelled by Sir Gilbert Scott, who provided the chancel with an apsidal end: he also refurnished the church.

The medieval church, which stood 'not exactly on the same site' as the present building, was completely demolished in 1826. A drawing made a few years before its destruction shows that it consisted of a chancel, nave with clearstory and south porch, south chapel, and western tower. The chapel appears to have been of 13th-century date, and the visible details of the rest of the church belong to the 14th and 15th centuries. The tower is finished off with a plain parapet and the roofs are leaded and low-pitched.

This is a little-known lost ring, as the former ring of five here was last rung in about 1822.

The three old bells at Hampton Lucy were recast in 1672-3 by Richard Keene of Woodstock who added two bells to make a ring of five, at a cost of £104 14s. 7d., of which nearly half was contributed by the rector, John Rogers.. The tenor is believed to have weighed about 8 cwt.

The single bell now in the tower was cast by Thomas Mears in 1826. It is a large bell in F, weighing 17-0-9. It was intended as the tenor of a future ring of eight, but neither the other bells - nor the necessary framework - were ever installed. Its inscription is given by Tilley and Walters in their book, "The Church Bells of Warwickshire":

Details of the Bells

1 Richard Keene, Woodstock  1672/3
2 Richard Keene, Woodstock  1672/3
3 Richard Keene, Woodstock  1672/3
4 Richard Keene, Woodstock  1672/3
5 Richard Keene, Woodstock  1672/3   8cwt

Photo Gallery

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The Bell
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The Ringing Chamber

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