Salford Priors, St Matthew, Warwickshire

Salford Priors Bells: 8: 15-0-14 in F# (GF)
Grid Reference: 150/077510
Postcode: WR11 8UP
District: Warwick
Peals: Felstead Database
Practice Night: Wednesday (1st only)
Service Ringing: Sunday 10:00am-10:30am, except 1st
Recommended Pub: The Queen's Head,Evesham Road, Iron Cross, Salford Priors, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 8SH. Tel:01386 871012
Contact: Kathryn Latham, 12 Cleeve Road, Marlcliff, Bidford-on-Avon, B50 4NR Click to Email

History of the Bells

The last tower in the Guild in this direction, St Matthews is a nice church with a very nice Gillett & Johnston ring of bells. A ring of eight has been hung here since 1836 when Thomas Mears of Gloucester added two trebles to the ring of six cast by Richard Sanders of Bromsgrove in 1735. This ring has replaced and earlier one of five bells. The tenor was recast by Mears & Stainbank in 1867.

The G&J ring hangs in a two tier cast iron frame, treble and fifth on top in a lowside frame and the others below in an H-frame. Being a relatively new ring, none of the bells have been turned. This is said to be the first complete ring cast after the Second World War.

One of the Sanders bells, the sixth of the ring, is preserved in the church, having been incorporated as part of a War Memorial to the fallen of World War II. There were two other small bells in the church, a C16 bell on a bracket that was returned to the church after being the local school's bell for 100 years in 1961, it being formerly the church's sanctus bell, and a Warner bell of 1876 that had been the bell at Dunnington School. Sadly, the older bell was stolen some years ago.

There is parking leading up to the church and entry is via the North Door. "Facilities" are to the east of the churchyard; bear left instead of right towards the main church door when the path branches.

Being on the edge of the Coventry Guild and very close to the border with the Worcester & Districts Association this tower has links with both. Here is a link to the W & D entry for Salford Priors

Details of the Bells
1 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1945 4-2-11 26.75" 1460.0Hz (F#-24c)
2 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1945 4-3-20 27.50" 1372.0Hz (E#-31c)
3 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1945 5-1-11 28.94" 1220.0Hz (D#-34c)
4 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1945 6-1-01 31.00" 1098.0Hz (C#-17c)
5 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1945 7-1-12 33.50" 976.0Hz (B-21c)
6 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1945 8-0-02 34.875" 915.0Hz (A#-32c)
7 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1945 10-3-09 38.375" 824.0Hz (G#-14c)
8 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon 1945 15-0-14 42.875" 732.0Hz (F#-19c)