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YARDLEY St Edburgha 8; 12-2-16 in F#

Grid Reference 139/135863 Yardley Church - Source: Robert Jones
Postcode B33 8PB
Affiliation St Martin's Guild
Peals Felstead Database
Sunday 1015-1045 (usually) & 1745-1830
Practice Wednesday 1945-2115
Other Information Ringers' Website


This is another church that came into Warwickshire as a result of being absorbed into the city of Birmingham, in this case in 1911. Previously it was in the county of Worcestershire. The area has become rather built up since this time, but there remains a little of the village feel around the church. The 149 feet tall spire, erected in the 15th century and repaired in 1889 (hence the middle being of slightly different coloured stone) and again in recent years, is a prominent landmark.

The church oconsists of a chancel 38½ ft. by 17½ ft., with a north vestry and organ chamber, a nave 57½ ft. by 24½ ft., a north aisle 17 ft. wide, a south transept 17 ft. by 16½ ft. and a west tower 14 ft. square. The 13th-century remains include the south doorway, the south wall of the chancel, which contains a lancet window, and a similar window in the north wall of the vestry, formerly in the chancel. They point to a simple church of that date, consisting probably of chancel and nave only. In the 14th century north and south transepts seem to have been added and the chancel lengthened eastwards, and in the 15th century the west tower was built and the north aisle added. In more recent years the south transept and the east end of the chancel were rebuilt and the vestry added. On the south side of the chancel the 13th-century rubble walling remains while to the east is the coursed rubble of the 14th century. The lofty chancel arch is of the late 14th century. The western portion of the north arcade of the nave is of the 15th century; the east bay, which is the original transept arch, is of the 14th century. In the south wall of the nave are two 15th-century windows, each of two lights with quatrefoiled tracery over, and between them is a simple 13th-century pointed doorway, which has been rebuilt. It leads into a fine 15th-century oak porch with tracery at the sides and a carved barge-board. Further east is a chamfered arch opening into the south transept.

The present bells are a classic Taylor 8 of their period and are very good indeed - one of the best in their weight class. It is likely that the first ring of bells here were probably 5 in number and cast by Hugh Watts of Leicester in 1638. John Martin of Worcester recast the second in 1653 and in 1691 William Bagley recast the third. It is just possible that these two bells were added to the existing three. The ring was rehung by Henry Bisseker of Birmingham in 1891/2 for £80, he being the successor to William Blews and Sons. James Barwell of Birmingham added a treble in 1902.

The frame at this date was a wooden one, originally for five bells and probably dating from 1638. Barwell added an extra pit in 1902. The treble was cast without canons and those of the rest had been removed before the ring was recast. Death-watch beetle infestation in the frame saw the end of this ring and a complete replacement of it by the present ring of 8.

Note that the weights given here are the correct ones, those usually give are now known to be slightly inaccurate.

(Most of the above information is quoted directly (with permission) from the research notes of Chris Pickford)

Details of the Bells

1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1950   3-3-07  25.50"   1466.5Hz (F#-16c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1950   4-1-03  26.50"   1384.0Hz (E#-16c)
3 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1950   4-2-19  28.125"  1234.0Hz (D#-15c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1950   5-1-10  30.00"   1097.0Hz (C#-18c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1950   6-1-11  32.125"   979.0Hz (B-15c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1950   7-0-26  33.625"   924.0Hz (A#-16c)
7 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1950   9-2-09  37.00"    823.0Hz (G#-16c)
8 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough  1950  12-2-16  41.125"   733.5Hz (F#-15c)

Details of the Previous Bells

1 James Barwell, Birmingham       1902   4-3-10  29.125"  1215.0Hz (D#-42c)
2 Hugh Watts II, Leicester        1638   5-1-21  29.875"  1104.0Hz (C#-7)
3 John Martin, Worcester          1653   6-0-01  32.00"    991.0Hz (B+6)
4 William Bagley, Chacombe        1691   6-2-12  34.875"   940.0Hz (A#-14c)
5 Hugh Watts II, Leicester        1638   8-2-00  35.625"   820.0Hz (G#-20c)
6 Hugh Watts II, Leicester        1638  12-1-19  40.00"    728.0Hz (F#-28)

Photo Gallery

The Church - Looking East. Source: Robert Jones The Church - Looking West. Source: 
			  Gill Cocks
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