Cherington, St John the Baptist, Warwickshire

Cherington Bells: 6; 5-3-22 in B (GF)
Grid Reference: 151/292366
Postcode: CV36 5HS
District: Warwick
Peals: Felstead Database
Recording: "The Old 5"
Practice Night: Monday 7:30pm-9.00pm
Service Ringing: Sunday 10:00am-10:30am (2 & 4)
Recommended Pub: The Cherington Arms,  Cherington House, Cherington, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 5HS  Tel: 01608 686233
Contact: Paul Marriott, The Old Forge, Cherington, Shipston-on-Stour, CV36 5HS. Tel: 01608 686317 Click to Email

History Of The Bells

A church very much at the south end of the Diocese. They are a ground floor ring and the entrance is through the North Porch door into the church. Until recently they were not the easiest set of bells to ring, being an old fashioned ring of 5.

There were 3 bells up 1842. The tenor was recast and two trebles were added by Taylors at a cost of £105. It is thought that the previous tenor was also a Bagley bell of 1742. The treble was cast with a defect in its crown which was rectified via the use of iron plates around the canons and inside the bell. Only the third had been tuned at this point. The cost of hanging in 1842, by the local carpenters Thomas and William Attwood, was £24 15s 6d. The bells retain their canons. In recent years those ringing the bells noted that they really were in need of major work, but were not by any means unringable. The bells were hung in their original frame and fittings of 1842 - no major work being carried out since their installation.

In 2006 the bells were rehung in a new frame, augmented to 6, with the existing cracked treble recast and the others retuned. When the treble was examined closely in the foundry before being broken up for recasting it was noticed that the crack had been skillfully filled in with lead. There is no evidence that the bell was removed from the tower to do this and we can therefore only speculate that the job was done in situ some time in the last 150 years! The new frame was made by one of the local ringers to the designs of the foundry. The back four bells still retain their canons, the two treble being cast with flat tops. The note of the tenor equates to B-46c

Details Of The Bells
1 Taylors, Eayre & Smith, Loughborough 2006 3-2-15 24.50" 1624.0Hz (G#-39c)
2 Taylors, Eayre & Smith, Loughborough 2006 3-3-04 25.50" 1477.0Hz (F#-39c)
3 W & J Taylor, Oxford 1842 3-2-02 26.50" 1288.0Hz (E-41c)
4 Henry Bagley III, Witney 1742 4-3-06 28.00" 1215.0Hz (D#-42c)
5 Henry Bagley III, Witney 1742 5-1-21 30.25" 1081.0Hz (C#-43c)
6 W & J Taylor, Oxford 1842 5-3-22 32.50" 962.0Hz (B-46c)