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Leamington Hastings, All Saints, Warwickshire 5, 15-3-21 in E

Grid Reference: 151/445676 Leamington Hastings
Postcode: CV23 8DY
Recording
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals: Felstead Database
Sunday On a rota
Practice Night: Friday 1930-2100

History

The church consists of a chancel, nave, north and south aisles and porches, and west tower. Built about the middle of the 13th century, it then consisted of a chancel, nave, and south aisle, and soon afterwards a north chapel was added. At the beginning of the 14th century the nave and south aisle were extended by the addition of two bays, and a small south porch was erected. About the end of that century the north chapel was extended to form the north aisle, and the tower and north porch were built. In 1677 the chancel was entirely rebuilt, a clearstory added to the nave, the windows in the south aisle replaced and the aisles re-roofed. In 1703 much of the south side of the church was rebuilt and the south porch was extended. In 1875 extensive repairs were carried out, the chancel re-roofed, reusing some of the old timbers, the stonework of the three large windows in the north aisle replaced, and the open timber roof of the nave concealed by a flat matchboarded ceiling.

In a nice rural setting this church is well kept by the congregation. The tower contains a lovely ring of 5 bells that go well and are to be recommended as a place to visit. They were originally a heavy four (tenor 22-1-20) until 1851 when the old tenor was scrapped, the metal being used to cast two new trebles, the net cost to the parish being £54. They were retuned and rehung in a cast iron, single level. "H" frame by Taylors in 1936. The treble and second have been quarter turned and the rest one eighth turned.

In the edition of The Ringing World of May 29th 1936,  in the Belfry Gossip column is wat noted:

"The heavy ring of five at Leamington Hastings Church, Warwickshire, is being rehung with new fittings in new framework by John Taylor and Co., Loughborough."

The dedication is reported in the edition of November 13th 1936:

"BELLS OF LEAMINGTON HASTINGS.
IN USE AGAIN AFTER QUARTER OF CENTURY.
Not for 26 years, with the exception of the day the Armistice was signed, have the church bells been rung at Leamington Hastings, owing to their unfit condition. A fund was started some years ago for the restoration work, but as interest in the subject fluctuated a great deal, very little was done until the present Vicar (the Rev. G . E. Wigram) was inducted in 1928. He revived the lost interest, and by private house whist drives and social events tbe fund grew slowly 'till at last, by a bequest from Canon Cartwright, followed by a gift from tlic children of the late Canon and Mrs. Sitwell, the moneys aggregated to the amount required.
A tablet is erected in the belfry, which bears the words : ‘ These bells were rehuing in 1936 at a cost of £350 by the parishioners, assisted by a bequest from the late Canon Theodore John Cartwright in memory of his marriage in this church, and a gift from the children of Canon Degge Wilmot Sitwell and his wife, Rosamond Shuttleworth, in memory of their happy family life.’
The particulars of the bells are :—
Treble.— 8 cwt. 1 qr. 7 lb. C. and G. Mears, Founders, London, 1851.
Second.—9 cwt. 3 qr. 2 1 lb. C. and G . Mears, Founders, London, 1851.
Third.—1 1 cwt. 0 qr. 22 lb. Founder’s Mark (Hugh Watts, Leicester). I.U.S . Nazarenvs Rex Ivdeorvm. (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.) Fili Dei Miserere Mei. 1620. (Son of God, pity me.)
Fourth.—12 ewt. 0 qr. 9' lb. Founder’s Mark (Hugh W atts, Leicester). Cvm Sono Si Non Vis Venire Nvnquam Ad Pieces Cypres Ire. 1631. (If you won’t come at the sound of the bell, you will never be willing to come to prayers.)
Tenor.—15 ewt. 3 qr. 21 lb. Founder’s Mark (Hugh W etts, Leicester). God save the Kinge. 1615.
Sanctus.—0 cwt. 2 qr. 2 lb. Abraham Dracy. 1677.
The restoration work was carried out by Messrs. J . Taylor and Co., of Loughborough.
The bells were rededicated on All Saints’ Day, which was the patroual festival of the church. The Rev. E. S. Powell (Vicar of Staverton) performed the ceremony and with the following words gave them into the care of tbe Vicar and the churchwardens: ‘ Receive these bells that have been solemnly set ap art from all profane and unhallowed uses as a sacred trust committed unto thee, and take care that they be ever and only used in God’s service and for His glory.’
Subsequently a plain course of Grandsire Doubles was rung by members of the Warwickshire Guild : 0. H. Webb (Rugby) 1, J . B . Fenton (Rugby) 2, M. C. C. Melville (general secretary) 3, J . H. W . White (Ringing Master) 4, W. A. Stote (Coventry) 5.
In the course of his sermon, the Rev. E . S . Powell said : ‘ Let me take this opportunity of congratulating you as a parish and a congregation on the relianging of your church bells. It is a great work which has at last been safely and satisfactorily accomplished.’
In conclusion, the preacher said: ’ Once more you have your bells set high in their steeple—well, truly and safely hanging. You will be Ioolcing forward. longingly and hopefully, to bearing these bells regularly ringing. You have not spent all that money in order that one should only be rung or that five should be tolled or chimed, but so that- they should give forth their full voice, which they can only do when rung in the manner they are intended. ‘
Bellringing requires a great deal of application and perseverance on the part of those who practise it. You will have to get learners, but. you must not expect them to be able to ring so well in a few weeks as those you have beard ringing just now. In Leamington Hastings you are only a small community, but I ask you, now you have done this first, part of the work, that you will really do something more than one generally hears bellringing described—a call to worship —but believe that- the ringing in itself is an act of praise to God and an act of worship. I would ask as many of you as possible to be practical and persevering ringers.’
Immediately after the service, 120 Grandsire Doubles was rung by the same five ringers, and then, in turn, other ringers from Rugby, Warwick, Banbury, London, Clifton, Nuneaton, Swindon, Brinklow, Dunchurch, Monks Kirby, Chilvers Coton and Staverton tried the ropes.
The ringers were entertained to tea after the service by the Vicar and Mrs. Wigram and Major and Mrs. Anson. Several learners have already volunteered to become ringers, and arrangements have been made for their instruction."
 

The first peal on the bells was not rung until 1946:

 

There is a sanctus bell, dated 1677 weighing 0-2-2 in D that was hung for swing chiming in a light steel frame fixed to the top members of the main bellframe. All the bells in the tower retain their canons. These were a ground floor ring until summer 2000.

Enter by the north door. Limited parking on the road by the church. There is also a church car park to the south of the church, just by the sharp bend in the road. This church is frequently used for concerts, having very good acoustics.

Details Of The Bells

1  C & G Mears, London       1851   8-1-07  35.875"  983.5Hz (B-7c)
2  C & G Mears, London       1851   9-3-21  38.875"  874.0Hz (A-12c)
3  Hugh Watts II, Leicester  1620  11-0-21  39.25"   818.5Hz (G#-25c)
4  Hugh Watts II, Leicester  1631  12-0-09  40.50"   736.0Hz (F#-9c)
5  Hugh Watts II, Leicester  1615  15-3-21  45.375"  655.5Hz (E-10c)

Photo Gallery

The East End. Source: rogbi200 Plan of the Church. Source: British History Online
The East End A Plan of the Church

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