Dunchurch, St Peter, Warwickshire

Dunchurch Bells: 6; 17-0-8 in E
Grid Reference/MAp: 150/486712
Postcode: CV22 6NQ
District: Rugby
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Practice Night: Wednesday 7:30pm-9:00pm
Service Ringing: Sunday 9:50am-10:30am
Recommended Pub: The Dun Cow, The Green, Dunchurch, Rugby, CV22 6NJ Tel: 01788 81030
Contact: Mr M Bennett, 104 Tennyson Avenue, Rugby CV22 6JF

History Of The Bells

On the old "A" road from Birmingham to London this village is now by-passed by the M45. It is a really pretty village that is worth a visit. The church is in the main square and is visible from some distance. It contains a heavy ring of 6 that does rock the tower a bit! Nevertheless they are not too difficult to ring and are pleasant sounding. Each year around Christmas the statue near to the church is dressed up anonymously by some locals! The main "Gunpowder Plot" plotters awaited news of its outcome in the 'Lion Inn' near the church.  A plaque on the house, now called 'Guy Fawkes House' - (what else?) tells the tale.

Joseph Smith cast a ring of six in 1724. tenor 16-3-0, to replace a ring of 5, cast in 1620 by, perhaps, William Clibury of Wellington, with the third recast by William Bagley in 1670. The inscriptions were at this time:-

1 God save this Country [&] King & Realm [ M? ] Fawkes 1620
2 Gloria in Excelsis H.G. WR. J.M. W.F: C: Wardens 1620
3 Be it known unto all men that Edward Bagley made me 1670.
4 God save this Church & King & Realm
5 I sound unto thee Lord to call thy people to thy word 1620

The tenor was recast by Briant of Hertford in 1792 at a cost of £40 12s 6d. It weighed 18-0-20. John Over of Rugby rehung the bells in 1805/06 at a cost of £72/14/- Whitechapel overhauled the bells in 1954. at which time they were hung on ball bearings.

The bells were again rehung in 1981 - the steel frame being made locally. They were retuned at this time by Taylors, but rehung using the cast iron headstocks and other fittings supplied when the bells were previously rehung by Barwell in 1913, who had removed the canons and quarter turned the bells at this time.

In early 2011 a scheme was completed under which a new ringing platform was placed in the tower in order that the ringers now ring from lower in the tower than before and therefore do not suffer problems due to the short draught between them and the bells that previously existed.  The way to this ringing platform is from inside the church. The previous tower entrance remains from outside of the tower, to the right of the west door.  The ringing platform can also be reached via this door if necessary.

There is plenty of parking near to the church.

Details Of The Bells
1 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1724 6-2-09 32.00" 1107.0Hz (C#-3c)
2 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1724 6-2-03 33.00" 989.0Hz (B+2c)
3 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1724 7-0-14 35.50" 881.0Hz (A+2c)
4 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1724 8-2-00 37.00" 825.0HZ (G#-12c)
5 Joseph Smith, Edgbaston 1724 10-3-07 40.50" 741.0Hz (F#+2c)
6 John Briant, Hertford 1792 17-0-08 46.75" 661.0Hz (E+5c)