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POLESWORTH, St Editha 8, 11-2-11 in F

Grid Reference 140/263024 Polesworth Church - Source: A Riley
Postcode B78 1DU
Affiliation St Martin's Guild
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 0920-1000
Practice Monday 1930-2100 (check)


Polesworth Abbey was founded in the 9th century by St. Modwena and King Egbert. The first abbess was Edgytha (daughter of King Egbert, now St. Editha).  Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536, the Abbey was granted by Henry VIII to Francis Goodere of St Albans, Hertfordshire in 1544. Goodere dismantled many of the Abbey buildings to provide stone for a new manor house (Polesworth Hall) which he built on the site. The abbey church itself is from the 12th century, but, apart from the parish church and the gatehouse and the restored ruins of the cloister, very little remains visible.. Somewhat ironically, Polesworth Hall was demolished before 1868 and the Vicarage was built on the site.

Originally raised from 4 to 5 in 1740 at the time the tower was partially rebuilt, these bells were augmented further to 6 using the existing frame and a wooden extension for the treble by Taylors in 1896. The 5 old bells were turned and had their canons removed and were amongst the earliest bells tuned on the "Simpson" principle on Taylor's new tuning machine. The restoration was reported in brief in the Bell News of December 26th 1896:

The same firm rehung the bells on ball bearings - i.e. new gudgeons and bearings to the existing iron stocks - in 1937. The inscriptions are given in Tilley and Walters' book, "The Church Bells of Warwickshire":

The project to restore the bells was features in The Ringing World of March 21st 1980:

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The headstocks and other fittings were basically retained during the 1982 restoration, when the bells were again rehung, this time in a new eight-bell frame by the Polesworth and Tamworth ringers using parts supplied by Eayre & Smith, with the exception that the gudgeons and bearings were replaced.

A bell suitable to become the treble of 8 was been located via the Keltek Trust. This bell was orignially the 3rd from the recently replaced ring at Kidderminster. It has the inscription 'Augmentation from eight to twelve bells'. A new bell was been cast to become the second of the eight on 30th September 2004. It has the inscription: 'Ring out to the Glory of God. Come and Worship the Lord'. They were installed on 1-3 November 2004. An article on the augmentation appeared in The Ringing World of November 5th 2004:

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The first peal on the bells was Grandsire Doubles, rung on Saturday, 12th March 1910, with one of Bob Minor being rung a week later. Neither seems to have been submitted to Bell News for publication, the later's details appearing in that day's Tamworth Herald. There is a question mark in the Felstead Database against the first peal. The first peal on the ring of 8 was rung in Dece,mber 2005:


Dove used to state that the tenor is in F#, though this has been changed for the current edition.

Details of the Bells

1 Gillett and Johnston            1935   5-1-12  27.94"  1399.0Hz (F+3c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  2004   5-3-10  28.50"  1318.0Hz (E-1c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1896   6-1-14  30.50"  1175.5Hz (D+1c)
4 Abel Rudhall, Gloucester        1740   6-1-03  32.25"  1044.0Hz (C-4c)
5 Pack & Chapman, Whitechapel     1776   6-1-00  33.50"   930.5Hz (Bb-3c)
6 George Oldfield I, Nottingham   1667   7-1-14  36.00"   870.0Hz (A-20c)
7 George Oldfield I, Nottingham   1654  10-0-15  39.50"   781.0Hz (G-7c)
8 George Oldfield I, Nottingham   1664  11-2-11  42.75"   699.0Hz (F+1c)

Photo Gallery

The Church - Looking East. Source: Aidan MacRae Thomson The Church - Looking West. Source: Aidan MacRae Thomson The South Aisle. Source: Aidan MacRae Thomson
The Church - Looking East The Church - Looking West The South Aisle

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