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WHITNASH St Margaret 8, 10-3-5 in G

Grid Reference 151/328637 whitnash Church - Source M Chester
Postcode CV31 2HH
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 0930-0955 & 1745-1825
Practice Friday 1930-2100


On the way out of Leamington Spa, this is a nice village with a church that has been sympathetically extended on the north side in recent years. The church stands in a very small churchyard at the northern end of the village. It consists of a chancel, nave, south aisle, west tower, vestry, and south porch. Except for the tower the church was practically rebuilt in Victorian times, the chancel in 1855, the aisle in 1867, and the nave in 1880. The old church, judging from a drawing in the Aylesford Collection, consisted of chancel, aisleless nave (both probably of 13th-century origin), and the existing tower, and an 18th-century south porch. 

The bells go well. Frame and fittings are by Taylors, 1969 when the then 6 bells were retuned, rehung and augmented to 8. Two bells by Matthew Bagley of Chacombe dated 1680 were intact at the time of this restoration. To these had been added a treble and two tenors by Taylors in 1892 to make a ring of 5. (The vicar had asked Carrs, Blews, Warners, Llewellins & James for quotes in 1887. Taylors won the contract and at the same time convinced the church to go beyond its original intention to fill the one vacant pit in the existing three-bell wooden frame). Taylors added a further treble to make 6 in 1896. Two more trebles were added in 1969, at which time the bells were retuned and rehung.

The inscriptions of the ring of 6 are given in Tilley and Walters' book, "The Church Bells of Warwickshire" (1910):

The first peal on the bells was rung in 1920:


The first peal on the ring of 8 was rung by the local band in 1972:


Both Bagley bells became cracked subsequently, necessitating recasting - the sixth in 1980 (was 5-1-12) and the fifth in 1984 (was 4-3-0). The bells hang in a two tier cast iron frame with the third and fifth in the upper lowsided frame and the others below in an H frame. The frequency of the tenor is now known and it equates to G+44c and therefore the bells are not in the previously noted key of Ab.

Park in front of the church and enter through the main south door and hence to the tower.

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough                      1969   3-0-03  23.50"   1609.0Hz (G+45c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough                      1969   3-1-11  24.50"   1520.0Hz (F#+46c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough                      1896   4-0-04  26.375"  1355.0Hz (E+47c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough                      1892   4-1-08  27.625"  1205.0Hz (D+44c)
5 John Taylor & Co (Bellfounders) Ltd., Loughborough  1984   5-0-20  29.50"   1075.0Hz (C+47c)
6 John Taylor & Co (Bellfounders) Ltd., Loughborough  1980   6-0-26  31.50"   1012.0Hz (B+42c)
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough                      1892   8-0-13  34.50"    903.0Hz (A+45c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough                      1892  10-3-05  38.75"    804.0Hz (G+44c) 

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