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BULTERS MARSTON SS Peter & Paul 6, 14-0-20 in G (GF)

Grid Reference 151/321500 Butlers Marston Church - Source M Chester
Postcode CV35 0NB
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday None
Practice None


Another lovely rural church in South Warwickshire. Ringing is from the ground floor. The church consists of a chancel with a south vestry and organ-chamber, nave, south aisle with a small south porch, and west tower. The history of the development as shown in the fabric itself has been much confused by modern restorations and repairs, but the nave probably marks the original 12th-century or earlier nave and doubtless had a chancel. The earliest apparent addition was a narrow south aisle of mid-late-12th-century date and of this the arcade of three bays survives. The chancel seems to have been rebuilt or enlarged in the 13th or 14th century, perhaps both, but there is very little evidence left in the architectural details. The aisle was widened in the 14th century, and the west tower added in the 15th. The nave has a 17th-century roof; the others are modern. The side walls of the chancel were refaced externally, if not mostly rebuilt, in the 18th century. The various repairs culminated in a restoration in 1872 which was drastic, perhaps of necessity because of earlier alterations; it included the entire rebuilding of the north wall of the nave, the renewal of the chancel arch, &c., and the provision of new roofs.

The bells are a nice ring that are easy to handle. The original five were rehung by Taylors in 1891 in a composite frame, with wooden base timbers and heads and iron "H" Sections. The frame was extended and all the existing bells were rehung on ball bearings in 1948 by Taylors when the treble was added. At this time the poor sounding fifth, a Henry Bagley I bell of 1652 like the fourth, was recast.

The Taylor bells were cast without canons and those of the other bells have been removed. The old bells have all been quarter turned.

The first peal on the bells was rung in 1960:

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough       1948   4-2-22  27.625"  1297.0Hz (E-28c)
2 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe             1662   5-0-02  30.00"   1156.0Hz (D-28c)
3 Robert Hendley, Gloucester          c1500   6-0-06  32.25"   1030.0Hz (C-28c)
4 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe             1652   7-0-26  34.00"    971.0hz (B-30c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough       1948  10-1-01  37.50"    866.0Hz (A-28c)
6 Edward Newcombe & Watts, Leicester  c1590  14-0-20  43.125"   770.0Hz (G-31c)

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The church from
the south
The church from
the west
The ringing chamber

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