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PACKWOOD St Giles 8, 6-3-14 in Bb (GF)

Grid Reference 139/170728 Packwood Church - Source M Chester
Postcode B94 6AS
Recording None Available
Affiliation St Martin's Guild
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 1030-1115 (ex 1st)
Practice Friday 2000-2130


The first stone church dates to the late 13th century, and consisted of a simple rectangular nave and chancel. The west tower was added in the late 15th century by a penitent murderer. The story goes that the Lord of Baddesley Clinton, Nicholas Brome, came home unexpectedly to find the local priest 'chockinge' (chucking, or tickling) his wife under the chin. Assuming that the pair were having an affair, he slew the priest in a rage. Brome had powerful friends, and he was able to gain a full pardon from both the king and the Pope, but as an act of penitence he built towers for the churches at Baddesley Clinton and Packwood. The tower has ever since been known locally as "The Tower of Atonement".

A complete ring of five by Henry and Matthew Bagley of Chacombe, 1686, augmented to six by Barwell in 1907. The inscriptions as they were at this time are given in Tilley and Walters' book, "The Church Bells of Warwickshire":

The church was featured in article in The Ringing World of January 2nd 1953:

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The two trebles were recast in 1957 when the whole ring was rehung by Taylors in a new two-tier eight-bell frame, with 3, 6 & 7 above the others. The following appeared in The Ringing World of May 10th 1957:

Now at the Loughborough foundry for retuning prior to hangingi in a new frame are the bells of Packwood, Warwickshire. They are the back five of a light ring of six cast by Bagley in 1686. It is believed that the frame to be replaced is the original; it suffered from rot and nearly 300 years of ‘ handymen.’ In spite ot this they were still ringable as a quarter peal was rung there on March 29th.
This was to have been a farewell peal attempt of Minor, but due to an accident the band met short, so hurriedly mustered the services of another local ringer and one from a neighbouring tower, who was known to be havihg tea in the district. Both are to be congratulated on ringing their first quarter literally at a moment's notice."

The last peal on the 6 before rehanging was actually rung on May 3rd 1957

The trebles were added in 1960 to complete the octave. The sixth and seventh were tuned in 1957, but 5 & 8 were not. The Bagley bells, which have been one eighth turned, retain their canons, the Taylor bells were cast flat topped. The ring of 8 was dedicated on September 18th 1960 and a peal was rung later the same day:

There are rumours once in a while of a plan to add a ringers' gallery, but nothing seems imminent. A blocked up doorway suggests that it is possible there was a ringing gallery at some point in time.

A very "pealable" tower, often welcoming the Coventry DG "Monday Night" band. 

The church is a few hundred yards off the B4439. Follow the signpost for Packwood off this road, down Glasshouse Lane. Do NOT follow the signpost to Packwood House. After about ½m, as the road turns sharp left, you go straight ahead and into the church car park. There is a church sign at the side of entrance to the road leading to the car park to look out for. Enter the church by the south door.

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough         1960 2-0-10  20.50"   1842.0Hz (Bb-21c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough         1960 2-1-16  31.50"   1739.0Hz (A-21c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough         1957 2-3-03  23.125"  1549.0Hz (G-21c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough         1957 3-0-12  24.50"   1380.0Hz (F-21c)
5 Matthew I & Henry II Bagley, Chacombe  1686 4-0-22  26.625"  1229.0Hz (Eb-22c)
6 Matthew I & Henry II Bagley, Chacombe  1686 4-3-00  28.625"  1161.0Hz (D-20c)
7 Matthew I & Henry II Bagley, Chacombe  1686 5-1-16  30.50"   1035.0Hz (C-19c)
8 Matthew I & Henry II Bagley, Chacombe  1686 6-3-14  33.875"   921.0Hz (Bb-21c)

Photo Gallery

The Church - Looking East - Source: Aidan MacRae Thomson The Church - Looking West - Source: Graham Lockley
The Church - Looking East The Church - Looking West
The Bells Plan of the Church. Source: British History Online
A  Photograph of a Photograph in the Ringing Chamber.
L-R Des Hollis, Dick Morris (Churchwarden)
Revd Campbell-Miller, Bob Tallis (Ringing Master & Churchwarden),
Morton Cave (Treasurer), Tom Myatt
A Plan of the Church

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