Aston Cantlow, St John the Baptist, Warwickshire
|Bells:||6; 14-0-14 in F|
|Practice Night:||Wednesday 7:30pm-9:00pm|
|Service Ringing:||10.45am-11.15am (1st & 3rd) + festivals (Check)|
|Contact:||Mr J Buckley 9 Pear Tree Gardens, Aston Cantlow, Solihull, West Midlands, B95 6HT Tel: 01527 488477|
Famed as the church where Shakespeare's parents were married in 1557, this is a very pleasant village with a nice ring of bells.
The seventeenth century, c.1625 oak frame was extended in 1924 using a cast iron frame section when Charles Carr of Smethwick added a treble to make six. Carr had a country cottage in the village. Further restoration was undertaken by Taylors in 1957 when the treble was recast. This is the only bell that does not have canons. The four tenors were eighth turned and the second quarter turned. Apart from the bearings, the Carr fittings were reused.
The entrance is from inside the church. The old, rather scary, wooden ladder has recently been replaced by a spiral staircase.
Parking is reasonably easy nearby.
|Details of the bells|
|1||John Taylor & Co, Loughborough||1957||5-2-17||29.625"||1161.0Hz||(D-20c)|
|2||Thomas Hancox, Walsall||1629||7-0-24||33.25"||1034.0Hz||(C-21c)|
|3||Thomas Hancox, Walsall||1626||7-3-10||33.75"||921.0Hz||(Bb-21c)|
|4||Thomas Hancox, Walsall||1626||9-1-27||35.50"||873.0Hz||(A-14c)|
|6||Richard Keene, Woodstock||1681||14-0-14||43.75"||690.0Hz||(F-21c)|