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SHELDON* St Giles 8, 8-1-8 in Ab

Grid Reference 139/148843 Sheldon Church - Source: David Kelly
Postcode B26 3TU
Recording (as a 6)
Affiliation St Martin's Guild
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 0930-1000
Practice Friday 2000-2100
Other Information Church Website


The most ancient part of St Giles' Church is the 12th-century chancel arch. The nave of 1330 is noted for its fine carved roof. The north aisle was added a little later. In 1461 the nave was extended westwards and the embattled west tower was built, probably using stone from the derelict (Sheldon) West Hall at Kents Moat. In 1867 a major restoration removed all 18th-century internal arrangements such as high pews and parts of the church were rebuilt to their medieval appearance

Until the early 1990s there used to be a ringable four here (tenor 9-3-13), hung in an old wooden frame, with "new" fittings by Barwell in 1911. Tilley and Walters in their book, "The Church Bells of Warwickshire", give the inscriptions at this point in time

The church was the "Front Page Tower" in The Ringing World of July 10th 1981, in which the hope to add two trebles is mentioned.

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After a lengthy process, when the restoration plans changed from one scheme to another, the bells were eventually remodelled as a ring of six. The old tenor (John Martin 1650) was sold for use as a single chiming bell at Hawes (North Yorkshire). Two new bells were cast in 1992 to make five, and later a redundant bell from St. Gregory the Great, Small Heath, was added to make six. This bell was one of the last bells cast by Carr's of Smethwick. The were further augmented, this time to 8, in 2010.

The back three bells retain their canons and have been quarter turned, the others being cast with flat tops. The new trebles were cast and tuned some time before the hanging of them was completed in November 2010.

The bells were first peals as a ring of 4. The details are:

The ring of 5 was not pealed, the next peal being on the ring of 6:

To date, the ring of 8 has not been pealed.

Details of the Bells

1 Taylor, Eayre & Smith Ltd, Loughborough   2008  3-0-24  23.50"   1700.0Hz (Ab+40c)
2 Taylor, Eayre & Smith Ltd, Loughborough   2007  3-1-14  24.00"   1604.0Hz (G+39c)
3 Charles Carr, Smethwick                   1926  3-1-05  25.125"  1428.0Hz (F+38c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough            1992  3-2-12  25.875"  1268.0Hz (Eb+32c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough            1992  4-0-08  27.50"   1133.0hz (Db+37c)
6 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston                   1732  4-2-10  29.375"  1070.0Hz (C+38c)
7 Unknown (uninscribed),                   c1350  5-1-22  32.125"   953.0Hz (Bb+38c)
8 Thomas Newcombe II, Leicester            c1580  8-1-08  36.50"    848.0Hz (Ab+36c)

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The Church - Looking East. Source: Aidan MacRae Thomson The Church - Looking West. Source: Aidan MacRae Thomson
The Church - Looking East The Church - Looking West
Plan of the Church. Source: British History Online
Plan of the Church

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