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WILLEY, St Leonard 3: 4½cwt in B - Unringable

Grid Reference 140/496847 Willey Church - Source: Revel Group Website
Postcode CV23 0SJ
Recording None Available
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals None
Sunday None
Practice None
Other Information Unringable


A church of the C14 and C15, with a small tower at the west end. It was restored between 1880 and 1885 at the expense of the Rector and Patron, the Rev. F. Morgan Payler. The architect was Walter F. Lyon of London, and Messrs. Law & King of Lutterworth were the contractors. Completed in 1880-81, the restoration of the tower and the rehanging of the bells came first. The restoration of the rest of the church followed later, in 1884-5. The reopening took place on 16 June 1885.

These bells are both unringable and unsafe. The ropes have been removed to prevent ringing and replacements should not be fitted.

The bells were last rehung in 1881. Inspections by Taylors and Whitechapel in 1930 both recommended a complete rehang. The oak frame design is poor. All bells retain their canons and have not been turned. Notes, treble to tenor, are E, D and B - they are bells 1, 2 and 4 of a ring of 5.

Their inscriptions are given in Tilley and Walters' book, "The Church Bells of Warwickshire":

Details of the Bells

1 Bryan Eldridge, Coventry   1658  2¾cwt   23.75"  1300.5Hz (E-23c)
2 Thomas Eayre I, Kettering  1730  3-1-15  25.75"  1167.0Hz (D-11c)
3 Hugh Watts II, Leicester   1617  4½cwt   29.50"   995.0Hz (B+12c)

Photo Gallery

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

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