Snitterfield, St James the Great, Warwickshire

Snitterfield Bells: 6; 16-1-13 in F
Grid Reference: 151/219600
Postcode: CV37 0LJ
District: Warwick
Peals: Felstead Database
Practice Night: Wednesday 5:30pm-7:00pm (Check)
Service Ringing: Sunday 10.30am-11.00am (all), 6.00-6.30pm (4th)
Recommended Pub: The Snitterfield Arms, Bearley Road, Snitterfield, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 0JH. Tel: 01789 730941
Contact: Jean Dronsfield of 3 The Gables, Smiths Lane, Snitterfield. CV37 0JZ. Tel: 01789 731574 Email

History of the Bells

The village is (frequently!) signposted off the A46 Stratford upon Avon bypass. Another nice church in rural South Warwickshire. The bells used to be ground floor but were moved "upstairs" in the 1980s. Notice that the handrail on the stairs is from an old double-decker bus!

The frame is by Taylors, 1887, but the bells were rehung on ball bearings by Gillett & Johnston in 1947. Prior to 1887 there were 3 bells, the present 3rd formed the treble and the 5th the tenor. They were made into 6 by adding 2 trebles and a tenor. At the time of the augmentation they recast the existing middle bell, a 1703 William Bagley bell of exactly 8cwt. They had previously recast the then existing tenor, a Henry Bagley I bell of 1665 which weighed 9-1-22, in 1874. The frame is "composite" with oak cills and frame heads and cast iron main braces. All the bells retain their canons, except the tenor which was cast with a "flat top", and none have been turned.

Entry is via the main west tower door.

Details of the Bells
1 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1887 5-0-23 28.375" 1197.5Hz (D+33c)
2 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1887 6-0-24 30.75" 1064.0Hz (C+29c)
3 Abel Rudhall, Gloucester 1758 5-0-21 31.125" 944.0Hz (Bb+22c)
4 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1887 8-3-11 35.50" 901.0Hz (A+41c)
5 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1874 10-2-25 39.375" 793.0Hz (G+20c)
6 John Taylor & Co, Loughborough 1887 16-1-13 44.50" 707.5Hz (F+22c)