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BUDBROOKE, St Michael 3, 5½cwt

Grid Reference 151/SP258655 Budbrooke Church - Source: Genuki
Postcode CV35 8QL
Peals None
Date Lost 1988
Other Information Church Website


St Michael's was originally built in the 12th Century (c. 1122). It served the local village of Budebroc, which was situated to the north and east of the church building, and surrounding farms. In 1542 the village was wiped out by the Black Death.

By the mid-17th Century the building was in a rather poor state. The steeple had collapsed and the south aisle "much decayed". It was in the Victorian era that the last major structural changes took place and the north and south transepts were built. In 1877, the barracks for the Royal Warwickshire Regiment was created on the site of what is now Hampton Magna and St. Michael's became the battalion church. Largely on account of the Norman Arch in the Church building was classified as having a Grade II listing.

These bells are hung for swing chiming. The C17th frame has four pits. The bells sound 1, 3 and 4 of 4. They were formerly hung for ringing, but were hung dead in 1988, "for structural reasons".

Details of the Bells

1 Hugh Watts, Leicester                     1637  3cwt
2 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston                   1724  4cwt
3 Edward Newcombe & Hugh Watts, Leicester  c1600  5½cwt  31.875"

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WARMINGTON, St Michael 3, 10cwt in F#

Grid Reference 151/410474 Warmington Church - Source: Orchard
Postcode OX17 1DA
Peals None
Date Lost 2002
Other Information Benefice Website


This is a Grade I listed church. It has a 12th century nave; late 13th century south aisle, early/mid 14th century north aisle, chancel, vestry and priest's room and 14/15th century tower.

These bells were, until recently, an unringable 3, largely due to a thin frame. The frame is by John Waters of Kings Sutton - 1809,  and the fittings by Whites of Appleton - 1903.

Eayre and Smith removed these bells on 1st July 2002 and rehung them for swing chiming. They are hung on standard canon retaining headstocks fitted with levers. The firm were not allowed to touch the frame.

Previous information that the tenor was bigger than the space to get it out of the frame is incorrect.

They sound notes 1-3-4 of four.

Details of the Bells

1 John Briant, Hertford       1811   7cwt
2 Newcombe(?), Leicester      1616   8cwt
3 Edward Newcombe, Leicester  1602  10cwt  40.00"

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The Church - Looking East. Source: A MacRae Thomson The Church - Looking West. Source: A MacRae Thomson
The Church - Looking East The Church - Looking West

RATLEY, St Peter 4, 5-1-1 in B

Grid Reference 151/383473 Ratley Church - Source: A MacRae Thomson
Postcode OX15 6DS
Peals None
Date Lost 1979
Other Information Benefice Website


The church consists of a chancel, south chapel, nave, south aisle, north porch, and west tower. The whole fabric, except the 15th-century porch, dates from the 14th century, but the foundations may be partly on the lines of an earlier building. It was begun about 1340 and continued in several spells, finishing with the top stage of the tower, which is late-14th-century work. It is remarkable for the variety of its window tracery and, judging from the north windows of the nave, it is probable that the Black Death interfered for a time with the progress of the work. The roofs were replaced in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and there have been later restorations, including that of the east window, which had probably suffered in earlier alterations.

This unringable 3 was hung dead in a new "frame" in 1979 by Taylor's and augmented to become a chime of 4 by the addition of a new treble in 1985. Previously they hung in a four bell frame, though the spare pit was never occupied.

They are chimed using trigger action clappers attached to 4 separate ropes i.e. not an Ellacombe apparatus.

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1985  2-3-20
2 George Mears,London             1859  3-2-02
3 Henry Bagley, Chacombe          1677  3-3-20
4 Matthew Bagley, Chacombe        1763  5-1-01  31.125"

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Ratley Church - Looking East. Source: A MacRae Thomson
The Church - Looking East

UPPER SHUCKBURGH, St John the Baptist 4, 6½cwt in A

Grid Reference 139/160867 Upper Shuckburgh Church - Source: Saxon Sky
Postcode NN11 6DS
Peals None
Date Lost 1999

History Of The Bells

The church is in the grounds of Shuckburgh hall. The lower stage of the tower is 13th century and the upper two stages are 18th century. The rest of the church was largely rebuilt in Victorian times.

Originally installed as a ring of four by William Watson of Napton in 1864, but Taylors replaced the fittings of the two larger bells in 1874. The bells were converted to a chime in 1999 by Andrew Nicholson, who overhauled the headstocks and ironwork and fitted trigger action Ellacombe chiming hammers.

He told me that the work involved the removal of all old cast-in crown staples with the bells remaining in the tower, hanging the bells dead for stationary chiming using trigger action Ellacombe hammers in conjunction with a new oak chiming frame and undertaking a full restoration of the turret clock which had been out of use for very many years, the clock being arranged to strike the hours upon the tenor bell as well as driving the external dial.

This church is very unusual in that it is a "Peculiar" and is owned by the local landowner rather than the Church of England

Details of the Bell s

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1864  4-0-24
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1864  4-2-00
3 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe        1640  5¼cwt
4 Henry Bagley I, Chacombe        1651  6½cwt   32.25"

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LONGFORD, St Thomas 8, 4-1-8 in D

Grid Reference 140/351837 Longofrd Church - Source: Wikipedia
Postcode CV6 6EG
Peals None
Date Lost 1892


This church is in the far north end of Coventry, close to Junction 3 of the M6. The church was, until recently, on the main road into Coventry from the Bedworth area and the motorway.  At one time it contained a ringing peal of three bells.

It was built as a chapel of ease to Foleshill and was consecrated on 14th April 1874.  It became a parish church in its own right in 1904.  The church was designed by J. Cotton of Birmingham in the Gothic style, and was built of red brick with stone and blue brick dressings to include nave, north aisle, chancel, organ chamber, and north-west tower and spire, with a porch at its base.

The original bell of 1874 (weight 2-3-7) became the tenor of a ring of three when two bells were added in 1886. In 1892 five more small bells were added by Barwell to make a chime of eight. Being unsatisfactory, these were replaced by a new set by Taylors in 1904.

The bells are hung in the old three bell Barwell ringing frame and are chimed from the base of the tower. .

There is also a further bell by Taylor, 1902 - identical in size and pitch to the third bell - weighing 1-0-4. It is also hung for chiming.

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1904  0-3-13
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1904  0-3-24
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1904  1-0-04
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1904  1-2-23
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1904  1-3-06
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1904  2-0-23
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1904  3-0-11
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1904  4-1-08

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Two views of the bells, courtesy of Chris Pickford.
Where the bearings were situated in the frame for
the ring of three can clearly be seen in these pictures 

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