A Ringers Guide to Towers in Gloucestershire

Compiled by David P. Bagley. Thanks to Chris Pickford and Andrew Bull for much of the more up to date information.

Disclaimer : Most of the comments in this list are based on my own (personal) impressions of the towers on the day when I visited them. No responsiblilty is taken for the validity of the data, but I do my best to keep it as accurate as possible. If you have any suggestions and/or changes, please E-mail me on (Please note that this email address has been protected to avoid abuse by spammers. You will need a JavaScript-enabled browser.)

A B C D E F G H K L M N O P Q R S T U W

Adlestrop, S Mary Magdalene, 5 bells, Tenor 7 cwt, Grid Ref: SP243269, UNRINGABLE

The tenor was cast by Thomas Mears II at Gloucester using the foundry he had just taken over from John Rudhall. The other bells were all cast by Abraham Rudhall I. The frame dates from the 18th century, and the fittings are 19th century, the wheels possibly by Bond of Burford. As present, the bells can not be rung. The poet Edward Thomas wrote a poem called "I remember Adlestrop" after his train made an unscheduled stop at the station here. A copy of the poem was put on a GWR station seat on the platform, and after the "Beeching axe" when station closed, the seat was moved to the bus shelter (at SP243272), where it still is.

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1711, 3.75 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1711, 4.25 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1711, 4.75 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1711, 5.25 cwt
  5. Thomas Mears II, Gloucester, 1838, 7 cwt in B

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971)

 

Alderton, S Margaret, 6 bells, Tenor 9.5 cwt, Grid Ref:SP002332

Parking is in the short lane up to the church. The inscription on the treble suggests that all the bells were cast in 1697, whereas the rest were actually cast the following year. The second was recast 15 years later, and the 3rd needed recasting in 1855. The bells were last rehung by Bond of Burford in 1909.

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1697, 4.5 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1713, 4.75 cwt
  3. C & G Mears, London, 1855, 5-0-6
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1698, 5.5 cwt
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1698, 7 cwt
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1698, 9.5 cwt in A

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, 1978, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Alvington, S Andrew, 5 bells, Tenor 8-3-18, Grid Ref:SO603007

Access to the small ground floor ringing chamber is through a vestibule attached to the north side of the tower. The bells go well and handle well, and have a fair tone. In 1980 the bells were rehung with new headstocks by Eayre and Smith Ltd, with other gear by Arthur Berry, in a new frame made by Taylors. The fittings were overhauled in 1996 by Nick Hopkins of Beckford.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1905, 4-0-7
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1704, 5 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1704, 5.5 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1704, 6.75 cwt
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1887, 8-3-18 in A

(Data:Sharpe 1971, A.M.Bull 1993, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Ampney Crucis, Holy Rood, 6 bells, Tenor 6-3-24, Grid Ref:SP065019

Parking is in the lane up to the church, and the ringing chamber is at ground floor level. The bells were augmented and rehung in 1987-8 by Whites of Appleton, and sound nice and go well. The treble of the original ring of 5 was tuned down to become the present 3rd, replacing a bell by Edward Neale of Burford cast in 1660. The 'new' treble is a second hand bell from All Saints Church in Gloucester.

  1. John Warner, London, 1875, 2-2-10
  2. Whitechapel, 1987, 3-1-5
  3. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1780, 3-0-10
  4. Bond of Burford, 1908, 4-1-15
  5. John Warner, London, 1861, 4-1-7
  6. Bristol Foundry, 15th C, 6-3-24 in A flat (GF)

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1974, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Arlingham, S Mary the Virgin, 6 bells, Tenor 12 cwt, Grid Ref:SO706107

There is room for only three cars in the parking area outside the church, but other cars may be left in the lane. The entrance to the ringing gallery is located around the back of the church in the north east corner of the tower. The ropes fall anti-clockwise around the walls of the tower. The treble is not dated, but is thought to be from about 1810 by John Rudhall. It appears in the Rudhall Catalogues between Newnham on Severn, and Cardigan, both of which are dated 1810. A small amount of work has been done by Whites of Appleton and the bells go better as a result, but are still not easy to ring.

  1. John Rudhall, Gloucester, c1810, 4.75 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 5.25 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 6.25 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 7.5 cwt
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 8.5 cwt
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 12 cwt in G anti-clockwise

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971)

 

Ashchurch, S Nicholas, 8 bells, Tenor 11-2-24, Grid Ref:SO928333

These are a pleasant ring of eight, the back six being from the Rudhall foundry, augmented to 8 in 2001 by Hayward Mills Associates. The tower entrance is at the back of the nave in the south east corner of the tower. There is a car park up the church drive. The bells go well, and sound rather nice. The 3rd of the octave was recast four years after Abel first cast it by his son Thomas, as the ringers required a more powerful bell. The 1763 bell is unduly thick, and is actually heavier than the fourth. The ringing chamber curtains have pictures of trains on them, and the main Bristol to Birmingham railway line passes about 200 yards away from the tower.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 2001, 5-3-8
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 2001, 6-1-14
  3. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1763, 6-0-16
  4. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1759, 5-0-27
  5. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1759, 6-1-23
  6. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1759, 7-0-23
  7. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1759, 8-3-5
  8. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1759, 11-2-24 in F

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973, C.J.Pickford 1993, Bob Parker 1997, Andrew Mills and John Garle 2001)

 

Ashleworth, SS Andrew & Bartholomew, 6 bells, Tenor 15.5 cwt, Grid Ref:SO819252

The ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the church. There is an excellent example of a tithe barn next to the church, and a small riverside pub, "The Boat" is further down the lane, and through the flood defences. The church is prone to flooding if the river level is high. The bells were rehung in a steel frame by Arthur Fidler in 1976-7, who also provided steel headstocks and ball bearings. The 3rd and tenor are the only bells remaining from an early ring of six by Abraham Rudhall I. All but these two bells have been recast since then.

  1. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1745, 5 cwt
  2. Charles & John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1785, 5.75 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1687, 7 cwt
  4. John Warner, London, 1884, 8.25 cwt
  5. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1778, 10.25 cwt
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1687, 15.5 cwt in E

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971)

 

Avening, Holy Cross, 6 bells, Tenor 11-2-15, Grid Ref:ST879980

The founder of the 2nd and 4th is thought to be Roger Purdue of Bristol, who probably cast 5 bells in 1628, three of which were recast later on. The inscription on the 5th has been obliterated, and its date and founder can only be guessed at. There is a small car park in the church yard, but the best place to park is probably in the road. The tower entrance is behind the church, and watch out for the light fittings in the stairs. The bells were restored in 1999/2000 by Whites of Appleton with all new fittings.

  1. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1903, 4-1-11, 28.625" dia
  2. Roger Purdue I ?, Bristol, 1628, 5-2-21, 30.875" dia
  3. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1756, 5-2-3, 32" dia
  4. Roger Purdue I ?, Bristol, 1628, 7-0-11, 34.6875" dia
  5. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester?, ?, 7-0-27, 36.0625" dia
  6. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1903, 11-2-15, 42.128" dia, in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973, Andrew Bull 26/1/2005)

 

Awre, S Andrew, 6 bells, Tenor 10-0-21, Grid Ref:SO708081

Parking is in the lane outside the church, and the ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the south porch of the church. There is a large glass partition between the ringing chamber and the nave, and also a large wooden chest in the middle of the ringing chamber. The rope guides are just wrought iron rings set into the stonework. The bells go quite well and are hung on modern fittings in a 17th century frame. The bells were rehung in 1955 by Taylors.

  1. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1755, 4-3-22
  2. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1821, 5-0-16
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1721, 5-2-24
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1721, 6-1-20
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1721, 7-0-12
  6. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1821, 10-0-21 in G (GF)

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, A.M.Bull 1993)

 

Badgeworth, Holy Trinity, 6 bells, Tenor 13 cwt, Grid Ref:SO902193

There is some parking outside the decorated lych gate, and the ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the back of the church, and behind the right hand side of the organ. The founder of the 2nd and 4th bells are from a branch of the Pennington family who cast hundreds of bells, mainly in the west country. There are only a few examples of their work in Gloucestershire. All six bells were rehung on new fittings in 1972 by Arthur Fidler, using the existing frame of 1791 by John Jacques. The previous tenor dating from 1830 weighed 14-3-6, but the present tenor's weight is only approximate.

  1. John Warner, London, 1868, 5.25 cwt
  2. John Pennington I, Monmouth ?, 1635, 5.75 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1735, 7 cwt
  4. John Pennington I, Monmouth ?, 1634, 7.75 cwt
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1729, 10 cwt
  6. John Warner, London, 1884, 13 cwt in F sharp (GF)

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Barnsley, S Mary the Virgin, 6 bells, Tenor 4-2-25, Grid Ref:SP077051

There is a little parking up the small church lane, but other than the pub car park over the road, there is nowhere near to park any vehicles. The ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the north porch. The bells are a very nice light six, and all are modern bells, except the fourth. They were completely rehung by the Whitechapel foundry, replacing an old ring of three. Two of the old wheels are mounted on the nave walls.

  1. Whitechapel, London, 1987, 1-3-14
  2. Whitechapel, London, 1987, 1-3-25
  3. Whitechapel, London, 1987, 2-1-6
  4. Edward Neale, Burford, 1677, 2-1-16
  5. Whitechapel, London, 1987, 3-1-24
  6. Whitechapel, London, 1987, 4-2-25 in D (GF)

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1970, Garry Barr 1993, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Barnwood, S Lawrence, 8 bells, Tenor 10-0-12, Grid Ref:SO858178

Access to the ringing chamber is by an inside spiral staircase at the north east corner of the tower, entrance to which is inside. The bells go well and handle well, and are a pleasant ring of eight, although they sound a little distant. The frame and fittings (including Hastings stays) are by Taylors in 1913.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1913, 3-3-14
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1913, 4-0-18
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1913, 4-1-25
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1698, 5-0-7
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1698, 5-2-18
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1698, 6-2-5
  7. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1698, 7-3-19
  8. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1698, 10-0-12 in G

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, A.M.Bull 1993)

 

Berkeley, S Mary the Virgin, 10 bells, Tenor 23-0-0, Grid Ref:ST684990

This is a large detached tower, the door to which is in the south wall facing the church. Once inside, the upstairs ringing chamber is reached via a wooden staircase. Parking is in the road below the church. The bells go well, and handle well, although the tenor feels like it could do with a bigger wheel. The old eight were hung in a new iron frame by Thomas Blackbourn of Salisbury in 1900. On being augmented to ten by Mears in 1921, a new iron frame was added above, in which hang the 3rd and 5th. The bells were rehung and retuned by Taylors in 1978. Edward Jenner who invented the smallpox vaccine lived by the church, and there is a Jenner museum nearby.

  1. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1921, 5-0-15
  2. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1921, 5-3-10
  3. T. Blackbourn, Salisbury, 1899, 6-3-11
  4. T. Blackbourn, Salisbury, 1899, 7-0-24
  5. Thomas Mears, Gloucester, 1842, 6-2-25
  6. Thomas Mears, Gloucester, 1842, 6-3-14
  7. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1700, 9-1-2
  8. Thomas Mears, Gloucester, 1842, 10-0-12
  9. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1722, 14-2-0
  10. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1808, 23-0-0 in E

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, R/W Issue No. 3548, A.M.Bull 1993)

 

Bibury, S Mary, 6 bells, Tenor 9-0-15, Grid Ref:SP118065

The ground floor ringing chamber is reached via the south porch of the church, and through the church to the back of the north aisle. The bells go very well, but are rather quiet inside the ringing chamber. There is a row of old cottages by the river in the centre of the village, and these attract many tourists, and as a result, parking in the village is limited, especially by the church. Complete rings by Abraham Rudhall II are also to be found at Twyning (also 1723), Dumbleton (1729) and Great Barrington (1733). The bells were rehung by Taylors in 1896, and were rehung on ball bearings by Whites of Appleton in 1997, complete with new pulleys and with the clappers refurbished. A rope guide was also installed making the bells easier to handle.

  1. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1723, 4-1-25
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1723, 4-2-23
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1723, 5-0-6
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1723, 5-1-19
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1723, 6-3-22
  6. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1723, 9-0-15 in A flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1970, C.J.Pickford (bell weights) 1993), Brian White 1998

 

Bishop's Cleeve, S Michael & All Angels, 8 bells, Tenor 19-2-21, Grid Ref:SO961277

The large central tower contains a very nice ring of eight bells. There is ample parking at the nearby Tesco supermarket, which is free for 3 hours. Access to the ringing chamber is through the south porch, and into the north aisle. There are then some mediaeval wooden steps up the wall of the north transept, and this leads straight into the ringing chamber. These steps may be old, and slightly uneven, but are perfectly sound. The bells go very well, and sound good. The third is undated, but is probably the same date as the 7th. The frame and fittings are by Taylors in 1951. There is a well hidden toilet at the back of the church.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1951, 5-0-27
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1951, 5-3-1
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1700?, 6-1-8
  4. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1758, 7-3-16
  5. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1740, 8-2-11
  6. William Taylor, Oxford, 1854, 9-3-13
  7. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1700, 13-2-7
  8. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1933, 19-2-21 in D sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1970)

 

Bisley, All Saints, 8 bells, Tenor 14-1-16, Grid Ref:SO904059

The bells used to be rung from the ground floor, but a new floor has recently been installed, making the rope length much shorter. The bells were rehung in 1979 by Whitechapel with a new metal frame, cast iron headstocks and ball bearings. The tower entrance is outside in the south west corner of the tower. The bells go well and sound nice, but one or two are slightly oddstruck. The ringing chamber ceiling boasts some fine carvings.

  1. John Warner & Sons, London, 1864, 5-1-8
  2. Whitechapel, 1987, 5-1-17
  3. John Warner & Sons, London, 1864, 6-0-26
  4. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1748, 7-0-20
  5. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1748, 7-3-13
  6. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1747, 8-2-12
  7. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1748, 11-1-24
  8. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1748, 14-1-16 in E

(Data:Ringing World 17/5/1991, EMB+Sharpe 1974, DPB 21/7/2001)

 

Blaisdon, S Michael, 6 bells, Tenor 7-1-15, Grid Ref:SO703172

There is some parking at the end of the track leading up to the church. The ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the south porch of the church. The bells sound nice, and go OK. These bells are mentioned in the 1921 Mears catalogue.

  1. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1912, 3-2-2
  2. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1912, 3-2-25
  3. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1912, 4-1-2
  4. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1912, 4-3-5
  5. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1912, 5-3-2
  6. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1912, 7-1-15 cwt in B flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1975, A.M.Bull 1993)

 

Bledington, S Leonard, 6 bells, Tenor 8-0-13, Grid Ref:SP245226

The 2nd of the former ring of 5 is preserved in the church and was cast by James Keene, 1639. The bells were retuned in 1998 with new headstocks and fittings by Whites of Appleton and were tuned at the same time. The frame is a cast iron one by Bond.

  1. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1931, 3-2-2
  2. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1931, 4-1-19
  3. Bond of Burford, 1935, 4-1-12
  4. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1931, 6-3-17
  5. Richard Keene, Woodstock, 1695, 5-3-14
  6. James Keene, Woodstock, 1651, 8-0-13 in G

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1932,1980, AMB/CJP 2003, Mark Walker 2005)

 

Blockley, SS Peter & Paul, 8 bells, Tenor 16-0-27, Grid Ref:SP165350

Access to the ringing chamber is by a spiral staircase in the north east corner of the tower, the entrance to which is through the west doors, not the main part of the church. The bells go well, and handle quite well. The frame is an interesting girder frame by Bond, and the bells are hung on ball bearings by Taylors in 1937. This parish was in Worcestershire when H.B.Walters did his survey.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1894, 5-2-24
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1894, 5-3-7
  3. Matthew Bagley I, Chacombe, 1683, 7-0-13
  4. Matthew Bagley I, Chacombe, 1679, 7-2-25
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1729, 8.5 cwt
  6. Henry Bagley I, Chacombe, 1638, 9.5 cwt
  7. Henry Bagley I, Chacombe, 1638, 12 cwt
  8. C & G Mears, London, 1854, 16-0-27 in F

(Data:Walters Church Bells of Worcestershire 1930, C.J.Pickford 1993, Mark Walker 2005)

 

Bourton on the Hill, S Lawrence, 6 bells, Tenor 11-1-27, Grid Ref:SP175325

There is some parking in the lanes off the steep main road, the best one being that below the church. There is a path leading from this lane up to the church. The tower door is outside the tower on the south side, and the bells go well, and sound very nice indeed, although perhaps they are a little loud inside the ringing chamber. They were rehung by Whites of Appleton in 1974 and hang in a two tier timber frame, the upper tier for the two trebles being a new iroko frame of 1974, and the lower tier dating from the 18th century being strengthened with tie bars and plates in 1974.

  1. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1792, 4-3-18
  2. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1792, 5-1-7
  3. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1873, 5-3-18
  4. Henry Bagley I, Chacombe, 1677, 7-0-27
  5. Henry Bagley I, Chacombe, 1677, 8-2-12
  6. Henry Bagley I, Chacombe, 1677, 11-1-27 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972, Garry Barr 1993, Mark Walker 2005)

 

Bourton on the Water, S Lawrence, 8 bells, Tenor 12-1-22, Grid Ref:SP167209

These are a good ring of eight in a picturesque riverside setting. The entrance to the tower is via the west door, and up a wooden staircase. The village is popular with visitors, and parking near the church is not easy during the tourist season.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1957, 3-3-18
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1957, 4-1-10
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1957, 4-1-17
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1957, 5-1-6
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1957, 6-1-20
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1957, 7-2-22
  7. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1957, 9-1-9
  8. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1957, 12-1-22 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972)

 

Brimpsfield, S Michael & AA. 6 bells, Tenor 10-2-22, Grid Ref:SO942128

This church is some way from the nearest road. Cars may be parked in the road at the 'T' junction at SO939127, from where there is a footpath to the church. The bells are rung at ground floor level from the chancel crossing. Not only do the bells get heavier down the scale, but they also get older! The bells were augmented to six in 1986. The front four bells are all "second hand", the treble here is the treble of the old eight at Birling, Kent, the 2nd came from Hungerford, Berks, and the 3rd and 4th were supplied by Whites of Appleton. The bells were hung in a new frame recently and retuned.

  1. Mears and Stainbank, London, 1891, 3-3-4
  2. Mears and Stainbank, London, 1927, 3-2-9
  3. Mears and Stainbank, London, 1910, 3-1-20
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1904, 4-2-27
  5. Thomas Geffries, Bristol, c1505-1545, 6-0-7
  6. Robert Norton, Exeter, c1420-1460, 10-2-22 in A flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1968,1978, C.J.Pickford 1993+2003)

 

Broadwell, S Paul, 6 bells, Tenor 6-0-4, Grid Ref:SP201278

The old five bells bells were completely rehung in a new metal frame in 1981 and augmented to six. The second has no inscription, but it is probably by Robert Wells I. There is plenty of parking in the road by the church, and the tower entrance is outside in the north west corner of the tower. There is an awkward step down into the ringing chamber. The bells go well, and sound fine, having been retuned by Taylors in 1981.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1981, 2-2-1
  2. Robert Wells I (?), Aldbourne, 18th C, 2-3-26
  3. Bond of Burford 1908, 3-1-14
  4. Bond of Burford 1884, 4-0-2
  5. Bond of Burford 1908, 5-1-2
  6. Francis Tyler or Thomas Rudhall 1761, 6-0-4 in A sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Brockworth, S George, 6 bells, Tenor 13-0-6, SO891170

There is some parking at the end of the church path in the access road, but be warned, there have been some cars stolen in the area in the past. The tower entrance is on the outside south wall of the tower. The bells go fairly well, and sound OK, apart from the clapper thuds which are easily heard in the ringing chamber. They were retuned by Taylors in 1930.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1849, 6-1-0
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1849, 6-0-10
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1849, 6-2-13
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1849, 7-2-26
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1849, 9-0-15
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1849, 13-0-6 in F

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973,1979)

 

Bromsberrow, S Mary, 6 bells, Tenor 7-1-0, Grid Ref:SO743337

The top part of the tower at Bromsberrow is constructed out of black and white half timbering. The church is reached through the pair of white gates on the side of the lane leading away from A417. The church lane looks more like a private driveway, than a church lane. There is plenty of parking on the grass verge alongside the driveway, and the church entrance is on the south side of the nave. The ground floor ringing chamber is usually cluttered up with chairs, benches, etc, which must be removed before ringing, and replaced again afterwards. The bells are hung in a wooden frame, held together without any tie bars or any other metalwork. The bells are on plain bearings, but do not go too badly at all. They sound very nice and mellow inside the tower, but are slightly odd struck, and also they all seem to strike slightly early when they swing. The inscription on the 2nd was erased by the founder, probably because it was a bell held in stock, and the text proved unsuitable for Bromsberrow.

  1. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1773, 3-3-9
  2. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1773, 4-1-17
  3. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1773, 4-2-1
  4. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1773, 4-3-8
  5. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1773, 5-2-5
  6. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1773, 7-1-0 in B flat

(Data:Bliss 1979)

 

Buckland, S Michael, 6 bells, Tenor 14 cwt, Grid Ref:SP082360

Parking is rather restricted on the side of the narrow lane by the church. The ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the porch on the north side of the nave. The bells go well, and sound quite nice inside the tower. There is no founder's mark on the 2nd, only a date, but it was definately cast at Birmingham by Barwell, as is proved by an extract from the Evesham Journal of that year, which claims that the bell was cast to the exact note, despite the fact that the founders never visited the tower to measure the notes of the other bells! The village is very picturesque. Ringing may sometimes be limited due to a large hotel being close behind the church.

  1. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1792, 4.25 cwt
  2. James Barwell, Birmingham, 1879, 5.25 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1709, 6.25 cwt
  4. Llewellins & James, Bristol, 1902, 7.5 cwt
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1709, 8.5 cwt
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1709, 14 cwt

(Data:Bliss 1979, C.J.Pickford 1993,A.J.Brazier 1994)

 

Cam, S George, 6 bells, 14.5 cwt, Grid Ref:ST757993

The nearest parking to the tower is in the lane along the north side of the church. There is a small gate which leads into the churchyard. The ringing chamber door is in the outside of the tower on the north side. The bells were rehung, retuned, and the treble recast in 1994 by Taylors. They sound nice and go very well. The previous treble (6-0-6) was by T. Blackbourn of Salisbury, 1901, is now the service bell. The frame is also by T.Blackbourn in 1901.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1994, 6-1-12
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1710, 5-3-22
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1710, 7-0-12
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1710, 7-2-4
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1710, 9-1-18
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1710, 12-3-26 in F

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1975, Ringing World No.4375, p213)

 

Chaceley, S John the Baptist, 6 bells, Tenor 11 cwt, Grid Ref:SO855307, UNRINGABLE

This parish was in Worcestershire when Walters did his survey. The treble was cast by Abraham Rudhall II, and it is possible that the fourth was as well, because his father, Abraham I, retired from founding in 1718. The fittings are not in good condition, and there is excessive clapper wear.

  1. Abraham Rudhall II, 1719, 3.75 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, 1699, 4.5 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, 1699, 5 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall I or II, 1718, 6 cwt
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, 1699, 7.25 cwt
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, 1703, 11 cwt

(Data:Walters Church Bells of Worcestershire 1930, EMB 1980)

 

Chalford, Christ Church, 6 bells, Tenor 10 cwt, Grid Ref:SO892026

These are the only ring of steel bells in the county. They go well : the 1991 removal of original handbell-like springs and substitution of clapper-lifters plus measures to ‘acoustically-tailor' the tower, make them much more sonorous and quite pleasant to listen to. There is some parking on the side of the main road outside the church, and the entrance is at the base of the tower, and up a steep wooden ladder and through an awkward trap door. The bells are hung in two somewhat slender pinewood frames, with wooden headstocks.

  1. Naylor Vickers & Co., Sheffield, 1858
  2. Naylor Vickers & Co., Sheffield, 1857
  3. Naylor Vickers & Co., Sheffield, 1859
  4. Naylor Vickers & Co., Sheffield, 1859
  5. Naylor Vickers & Co., Sheffield, 1859
  6. Naylor Vickers & Co., Sheffield, 1859, 10 cwt in G, steel bells

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1975, Ted Cribley 16-1-2006)

 

Charlton Kings, S Mary, 8 bells, Tenor 17-0-13, Grid Ref:SO964204

Parking is available in the lanes which surround the church, and the tower entrance is in the south east corner of the tower, on the outside of the church. The bells go quite well, but are not particularly clear to listen to, and the ringing chamber ceiling is fairly low. They were rehung by the Whitechapel foundry in 1958 in a new frame with new fittings. The fourth bell here was for a long time thought to be by John Palmer of Gloucester. It has been discovered that the founder "IP" that Sharpe and H.B.Walters before him assumed to be John Palmer, was in fact a founder called John Pennington. John Pennington I was casting bells at Monmouth between 1626 and 1665, and his son John II was casting until 1682.

  1. Mears and Stainbank, 1893, 5-0-8
  2. Mears and Stainbank, 1893, 5-1-16
  3. John Rudhall, 1801, 5-3-20
  4. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1932, 6-2-16
  5. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1893, 7-1-10
  6. John Pennington I, Monmouth, 1630, 9-2-6
  7. Mears and Stainbank, 1893, 11-2-7
  8. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1723, 17-0-13 in E flat

(Data:The Ringing World 29/6/1990, EMB+Sharpe 1974)

 

Chedworth, S Andrew, 6 bells, Tenor 10-1-16, Grid Ref:SP052121

These are rung from the ground floor at the back of the church. They are not very tuneful, but go OK. They were rehung in 1910 by Bond of Burford. There is a curious wooden staircase in the ringing chamber to a door in the west wall of the tower. Parking is in the lane outside the church, and is fairly restricted. The bells were rehung in 1999 by Hayward Mills and retuned by Taylors.

  1. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1831, 4-2-24
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 5-2-20
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 6-0-12
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 6-1-18
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 7-3-24
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 10-1-16 in G

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972, A.M.Bull 1993, AMB/CJP 2003)

 

Cheltenham, S Christopher, Warden Hill, 6 bells, Tenor 0-2-7, Grid Ref:SO931204

These are a very light ring of six installed in July 2001. The bells were cast by Taylors and hung in the roof space below a new "spirelet" by Matthew Higby. The entrance is up a short stairway to the right inside the entrance hall of the church. They are very nice to listen to and easy to ring, although some experience on light bells is an advantage. They form the lightest ring of bells in a church.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1998, 0-0-24
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1998, 0-1-5
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1998, 0-1-10
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1998, 0-1-12
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1998, 0-2-3
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1998, 0-2-7 in C (Hum = 523Hz)

(Data:Matthew Higby 2001)

 

Cheltenham, S Mark, 8 bells, Tenor 16-1-2, Grid Ref:SO928220

The difficult going five of 1884 were rehung lower in the tower and augmented to 8 in 2007, the ringing chamber moving down the tower to the gallery at the back of the church. The key of the tenor of F sharp, which is unusually heavy for a bell of this note. Other examples of bells similar to this are at Malvern Link, Worcs (10,16-2-3 in F sharp), and Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk (8,16-3-16 in F sharp), both again by John Taylor & Co., Loughborough. The augmentation work was undertaken by Hayward Mills Associates of Nottingham, supported by many of the local ringers who had also done the bulk of the fundraising.

  1. Taylors, Eayre & Smith Ltd, 2007, 4-3-24
  2. Taylors, Eayre & Smith Ltd, 2007, 5-1-22
  3. Taylors, Eayre & Smith Ltd, 2007, 5-3-22
  4. John Taylor & Co., Loughborough, 1884, 6-0-8 (prev 6-2-16)
  5. John Taylor & Co., Loughborough, 1884, 7-2-9 (prev 8-1-16)
  6. John Taylor & Co., Loughborough, 1884, 8-0-3 (prev 8-2-8)
  7. John Taylor & Co., Loughborough, 1884, 10-3-13 (prev 11-0-27)
  8. John Taylor & Co., Loughborough, 1884, 16-1-2 (prev 16-3-14) in F sharp (700Hz)

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1974, C.J.Pickford 1993, online Dove 9/11/07)

 

Cheltenham, Minster Church of S Mary the Virgin, 12 bells, Tenor 22-2-16, Grid Ref:SO948225

This church can easily be seen when at some distance, but when you get close to it, it disappears behind the other buildings which surround it. There are several alley-ways leading to the church yard off the main street, one is next to McDonalds. The tower steps are on the outside of the church in the north east corner of the tower. The bells are an old style, pre-Simpson twelve. Parking is not possible next to the church. Use one of the many public 'pay and display' car parks, and walk to the town centre. The third bell was cast at Gloucester in the Rudhall foundry by Thomas Mears, who employed John Rudhall as his foundry manager.

  1. Mears and Stainbank, 1911, 4-2-2
  2. Mears and Stainbank, 1911, 4-3-0
  3. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1833, 5-1-0
  4. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1883, 5-1-0
  5. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1823, 6-0-12
  6. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1883, 6-2-2
  7. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1823, 7-0-3
  8. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1911, 7-2-23
  9. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1823, 9-2-26
  10. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1823, 12-1-0
  11. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1823, 15-0-25
  12. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1823, 22-2-16 in E flat

(Data:Sharpe 1974)

 

Cherington, St. Nicholas, 5 bells, Tenor 6.5 cwt, Grid Ref:ST903985

These are a nice little 5 augmented from 4 in 1993. They are rung from ground floor at the back of the church. In about 1830, one of the Cherington bells was stolen and taken to Avening. Those responsible went to prison for 6 months!

  1. Whitechapel, 1993, 2-2-22
  2. Edward Neale, Burford, 1672, 3.25cwt
  3. Edward Neale, Burford, 1683, 3.5 cwt
  4. unknown founder, 4.5cwt
  5. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1744, 6.5cwt

(Data:Sharpe 1970)

 

Chipping Campden, S James, 8 bells, Tenor 22-1-18, Grid Ref:SP155394

There has been a ring of eight in this tower since 1737, which is extremely early for a ring of eight. There were only 8 octaves in the county before the 19th century. A complete rehanging of these bells was carried out in 1986 by the Whitechapel foundry. There is some parking in front of the church, and the outside tower entrance is in the south wall of the tower. The bells go well, and sound good. The 5th is probably by Richard Keene, but some of the lettering is similar to that used by John Martin. The 7th was replaced in 2004, the previous bell by Richard Keene, Woodstock, 1683, 14-0-15, having cracked, the old bell being hung in its pit in the old frame.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1912, 5-1-2
  2. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1737, 5-0-0
  3. Whitechapel, 1986, 6-2-0
  4. Richard Keene, Woodstock, 1683, 7-1-4
  5. Richard Keene, Woodstock?, 1687, 10-2-26
  6. C & G Mears, London, 1851, 12-0-20
  7. Whitechapel, 2004, 17-0-6, 44.125" dia
  8. C & G Mears, London, 1857, 22-1-18 in E flat.

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1975, C.J.Pickford 1993, Chris Povey 29/1/2006)

 

Churcham, S Andrew, 6 bells, Tenor 13-3-17, Grid Ref:SO768183

This is a strange looking tower, and the entrance is outside on the north wall of the tower. All six bells, and their fittings are by Warners, and they may be in need of some attention. There is some parking in the lane opposite the pond, and also a large paved area which may be used for parking.

  1. John Warner, London, 1876, 5-2-13
  2. John Warner, London, 1876, 6-0-22
  3. John Warner, London, 1876, 6-3-23
  4. John Warner, London, 1876, 8-1-13
  5. John Warner, London, 1876, 10-1-16
  6. John Warner, London, 1876, 13-3-17 in F

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973)

 

Churchdown, S Bartholomew, 6 bells, Tenor 11-2-0, Grid Ref:SO882191

This village should be renamed Churchup, since the church is right on top of the hill by the village. There is a steep and winding lane up the north side of the hill, and plenty of parking by the water works. The church path leads up to the south door of the nave. The bells are rung from the ground floor at the back of the church, and do not sound too good, and are very oddstruck. The 2nd bell was cast at Gloucester in the Rudhall foundry by Thomas Mears after the foundry had been sold to him. The fittings are by Gillett and Johnson, 1933. There is another bell by Tobie Norris at Woolstone. The founders of the 4th and 5th (which is blank) are uncertain.

  1. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1933, 4-1-19
  2. Thomas Mears, Gloucester, 1841, 5-1-25
  3. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1827, 5-1-24
  4. Unknown founder, 17th C, 7-1-26
  5. Unknown founder, 17th C, 10-0-5
  6. Tobie Norris, Stamford, Lincs., 1678, 11-2-0 cwt in G

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1970, A.M.Bull 1993)

 

Cirencester, S John the Baptist, 12 bells, Tenor 27-1-16, Grid Ref:SP023021

This magnificent tower dominates the surrounding area, and was probably the first tower ever to contain a ring of 12. The old back ten bells of 1713, were augmented in 1722, were all by the Rudhall family, but several bells have been recast since then, most recently, the tenor, by the Whitechapel foundry. There is some parking outside the church, but larger car parks are available and are signposted. The tower entrance is inside the church in the south wall of the tower. The eighth was cast in the year that Abraham Rudhall I handed the foundry over to his son, and may have been cast by either of them.

  1. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1722, 4-1-2
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1722, 4-3-5
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1713, 4-3-6
  4. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1786, 5-0-4
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1729, 5-3-24
  6. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1787, 7-0-8
  7. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1741, 8-0-0
  8. Abraham Rudhall I or II, Gloucester, 1718, 10-0-14
  9. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1895, 11-3-0
  10. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1746, 13-2-6
  11. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1952, 19-3-14
  12. Whitechapel, London, 1984, 27-1-16 in C sharp

Flat Sixth: John Taylor, Loughborough, 1895, 7-2-20

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1974, R/W Issue No. 3912, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Clearwell, S Peter, 4 bells, Tenor 7 cwt, Grid Ref:SO571080, UNRINGABLE

This ring of four are not in good condition and are currently unringable. Parking is in the road outside the church, and the ringing chamber is at ground floor level to the left of the main porch as you walk in. There are usually some flower arranging materials, Etc, which have to be removed before ringing. The church was only built in 1866.

  1. John Warner, London, 1869, 4.75 cwt
  2. John Warner, London, 1869, 4.75 cwt
  3. John Warner, London, 1869, 5 cwt
  4. John Warner, London, 1869, 7 cwt

Data:EMB+Sharpe 1979)

 

Coaley, S Bartholomew, 6 bells, Tenor 11-2-2, Grid Ref:SO772017

These are a complete ring by Charles and George Mears, cast at the Gloucester foundry bought from John Rudhall. They are possibly the last ring of bells ever cast at Gloucester. The bells were rehung in 2003 by Eayre & Smith Ltd with all new fittings, in a new frame. Bell no. 2 was found to be cracked when it was removed from the tower and was repaired by Soundweld.

  1. C & G Mears, Gloucester, 1845, 4-1-20, 26.75"
  2. C & G Mears, Gloucester, 1845, 3-3-23, 27.25"
  3. C & G Mears, Gloucester, 1845, 5-2-1, 31"
  4. C & G Mears, Gloucester, 1845, 6-1-25, 32"
  5. C & G Mears, Gloucester, 1845, 7-3-24, 35"
  6. C & G Mears, Gloucester, 1845, 11-2-2, 40"

(Data:E&S 26/11/2003)

 

Cold Aston, S Andrew, 5 bells, Tenor 5-3-16, Grid Ref:SP128199

These bells were restored by Peter Bazley of Tavistock, The 2nd was recast by Taylors for Bond of Burford in 1880. The first quarter on the bells was rung on 3/8/2002. The bells are rung from the ground floor at the west end of the church. They go well, sound OK, and handle well following the installation of a rope guide. There is some parking on the road past the church.

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 4 cwt
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1880, 4-1-18
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 5 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 6-0-10
  5. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1796, 5-3-16 in B

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972, Campanophile report 5/8/2002, DPB 21/5/2005)

 

Colesborne, S James Apostle, 5 bells, Tenor 6 cwt, Grid Ref:SP004134

These bells were restored by Hayward Mills in 2000 after many years of being unringable. They now hang in a new frame underneath the old wooden one. They are now a lovely little ring, which go well and sound excellent. The setting in the grounds by the river is superb. Well worth a visit!

  1. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1719, 3-0-15
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1719, 3-0-24
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1719, 4-0-0
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1719, 4-2-13
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1719, 5-2-25

 (Data:EMB+Sharpe 1964,1968,Gloucester Echo 21/10/00,DPB 10/3/2001)

 

Coln St Aldwyns, S John, 8 bells, Tenor 7-2-26 cwt, Grid Ref:SP144052

These bells are now rung full circle again after being rehung in 1998 by Whites of Appleton. The bells were retuned, and rehung with all new fittings in a new cast iron frame. The Sanctus bell (0-2-19) is by Edward Neale of Burford in 1656 and was also rehung with new fittings for swing chiming. There is a narrow land leading up to the church, but it is better to park further away and walk. There is a wooden stair case with a heavy trap door at the top. The bells go very well and sound nice. The tenor rope falls through the clock case.

  1. C & G Mears, London, 1865, 3-1-8
  2. C & G Mears, London, 1865, 3-3-2
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1725, 4-2-17
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1725, 4-1-25
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1725, 5-2-13
  6. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1725, 5-2-0
  7. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1725, 5-3-12
  8. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1725, 7-2-26 in A flat

(Data:Brian White 1998)

 

Coln St Denys, S James the Great, 5 bells, Tenor 6 cwt, Grid Ref:SP087109

There is some parking in the lanes outside the church, and there is an outside door to the ringing chamber on the north side of the building below the tower. The bells are supported by a curious wooden structure, rather like Worcester Cathedral, but on a much smaller scale. This woodwork gets in the way of the ropes, which must be pulled straight in order to prevent them from being tangled in the beams. The bells sound rather harsh, and do not go very well.

  1. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1734, 3.5 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1734, 3.75 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1734, 4.25 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1734, 5 cwt
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1734, 6 cwt in C sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1967)

 

Compton Abdale, S Oswald, 6 bells, Tenor 6-3-4, Grid Ref:SP059166

Parking is on the road at the bottom of the church path by the spring. This path leads to the north porch, and the ringing chamber is in a gallery at the base of the tower. The short steps are in the north east corner of the tower. The bells go very well, and sound quite nice, having been rehung in 1986.

  1. John Warner, London, 1880, 3-2-12
  2. John Warner, London, 1880, 3-2-16
  3. John Warner, London, 1880, 4-1-20
  4. John Warner, London, 1880, 5-1-7
  5. John Warner, London, 1880, 6-0-27
  6. John Warner, London, 1880, 6-3-4 in A flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1970, DPB 14/4/93, CJP 6/2/2005)

 

Corse, S Margaret, 6 bells, Tenor 12-0-14, Grid Ref:SO788264

There is some parking outside the church. The ringing chamber is at ground floor level, and is reached through the back of the church. The bells are in a cast iron 'H' pattern frame, and are hung on metal headstocks with plain bearings.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1907, 3-3-11
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1907, 4-1-21
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1907, 5-0-17
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1907, 6-0-0
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1907, 8-0-19
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1907, 12-0-14 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972, A.M.Bull 1993)

 

Cowley, S Mary the Blessed Virgin, 6 bells, Tenor 7.75 cwt, Grid Ref:SO965147, UNRINGABLE

This church is set in the landscaped grounds of Cowley Manor, and dates from c1200. The top stage of the tower is in the Perpendicular style, and makes it look like a typical Somerset tower, on a smaller scale. Henry Brett, who lived at the Manor and was a ringer here, became Master of the Ancient Society of College Youths in 1701. He also donated the three bells dated 1697.

  1. C & G Mears, London, 1857, 3.5 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1697, 4.5 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1697, 4.75 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1697, 5.25 cwt
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1707, 6 cwt
  6. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1812, 7.75 cwt in A

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1970)

 

Cranham, S James the Great, 6 bells, Tenor 9-1-16, Grid Ref:SO892123

  1. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1947, 3-3-27
  2. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1947, 4-0-12
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1708, 5-0-0
  4. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1800, 4-3-18
  5. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1947, 7-1-10
  6. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1947, 9-1-16 in A flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972)

 

Daglingworth, Holy Rood, 4 bells, Tenor 7 cwt, Grid Ref:SO994050, UNRINGABLE

The rope circle is anti-clockwise, and the fittings date from 1912 and are by Llewellins & James of Bristol.

  1. John Warner, London, 1877, 4 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1720, 4.5 cwt
  3. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1887, 5-3-20
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1720, 7 cwt

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1967)

 

Deerhurst, S Mary, 6 bells, Tenor 10-3-22, Grid Ref:SO871299

This is a very old church dating from Saxon times and gets a mention in the book "Brother Cadfael's Pennance" by Ellis Peters. The tower was probably built in the 10th century, and is undoubtedly the earliest church in the county to have had any bells. There is some parking on the grass verges of the lane leading to the church. The tower entrance is outside in the west wall. The ringing chamber is divided into two by a stone arch. The 4th and 5th are in one half, and the rest are in the other. Ropesight is made difficult because of this stonework. The bells go well, and sound rather nice, having been rehung in 1979. The old 5th (Abel Rudhall, 1736, 7-1-0) was cracked and was replaced in 2006 by a second hand bell from Coleorton supplied with the assistance of the Keltek Trust. The frame and fittings are by Whites of Appleton, 1979. The third bell was transferred from Winstone in 1979, replacing a poor bell by Blews of Birmingham. The Abel Rudhall bells are very early examples of his work, since he only started founding in 1736.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1882, 5-0-8
  2. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1736, 5-1-14
  3. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1771, 5-3-9
  4. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1736, 6-0-16
  5. Thomas Mears II, 1826, 6-3-0 (ex Coleorton)
  6. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1737, 10-3-22 in G

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972, Richard Hart, Paul Treble 1979, DPB 11/3/2006)

 

Didbrook, S George, 5 bells, Tenor 6-0-21, Grid Ref:SP055314

There is some parking in the lane past the church, and the ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the main west doors under the tower. The ropes fall anti-clockwise, the front four are in a straight line on the north side, and the tenor rope falls on its own in the south western corner. The trebles are very flighty, and there is quite a lot of rope before the rope guides. The condition of the ropes is doubtful. This ring replaced a complete ring of 1706 by William Bagley.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1911, 2-0-18
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1911, 2-2-24
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1911, 3-0-22
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1911, 4-1-12
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1911, 6-0-21 in C

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Down Ampney, All Saints, 5 bells, Tenor 9 cwt, Grid Ref:SU099965, UNRINGABLE

The tenor was cast by Thomas Mears, probably at Gloucester using John Rudhall's old foundry which he kept going for a while after buying it.

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1709, 4 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1709, 4.75 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1709, 5.5 cwt
  4. T. Blackbourn, Salisbury, 1899, 6.75 cwt
  5. Thomas Mears, Gloucester?, 1843, 9 cwt in A

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972)

 

Dumbleton, S Peter, 6 bells, Tenor 11 cwt, Grid Ref:SP018358

There is some parking on the side of the road past the church, and the tower entrance is on the outside at the base of the tower. There is a curious floor about 7 foot high which was built to gain access to the clock. In this floor are holes about 1 foot square for the ropes and the ringer's hands. It is most important to pull the ropes VERY straight, otherwise the sallies will miss the hole, and get stuck above the trap doors. When lowering the bells, it is also important to avoid hitting your hands or head on this floor. The fifth rope also falls very close to the wall, and some of the other ropes are also rather close to the walls. The bells sound very nice and sonorous, and go quite well. The bells were rehung in a new metal frame by Taylors in 1892, but they were not tuned or weighed. The 1892 frame is Taylor's earliest example of a cast iron low sided metal frame.

  1. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1729, 4.25 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1729, 5 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1729, 6 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1729, 6.5 cwt
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1729, 8 cwt
  6. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1729, 11 cwt in G

(Data:EMB and Chris Pickford 1980, David Bryant 4/7/2004)

 

Dursley, S James the Great, 8 bells, Tenor 19-2-9, Grid Ref:ST757981

There is nowhere to park near the church, but there is a large car park about 300 yards to the west of the church. The ringing chamber is up a small and tight wooden staircase from the back of the church, and through a glass partition. The bells sound excellent, and go very well, being hung in a cast iron 'H' pattern frame on ball bearings.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1904, 5-0-14
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1904, 5-3-4
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1904, 6-1-2
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1904, 7-0-11
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1904, 8-3-4
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1904, 9-3-21
  7. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1904, 13-0-18
  8. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1904, 19-2-9 in E flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1975)

 

Dymock, S Mary the Blessed Virgin, 6 bells, Tenor 17.5 cwt, Grid Ref:SO700313

There is parking for about 4 cars in the layby opposite the church, otherwise it is necessary to park in the road or by the pub. The ringing chamber is reached through the west doors of the church, and up a wooden staircase against the south wall. The ringing chamber is also used as a Sunday school, so it may be necessary to move some items before ringing can start. The bells were rehung in a new metal frame in 1979. They were not retuned or weighed when they were rehung, and are becoming somewhat odd-struck.

  1. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1731, 5.5 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1726, 7.5 cwt
  3. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1829, 7.5 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1731, 10 cwt
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1707, 12 cwt
  6. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1827, 17.5 cwt in E

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1974)

 

Eastington, S Michael & All Angels, 6 bells, Tenor 11-0-4, Grid Ref:SO783057

These bells used to hang in the church of S.Peter, Frocester, demolished in 1954. They were probably rehung by a local carpenter, rather than a professional bell hanger, since the fittings were rather amateur in appearance before a recent rehanging. The bells sound ok and go well. The ringing chamber is up a short steep ladder and through a tight trap door. In 1650, W Whitmore cast two bells for the Clewer Tower at Windsor Castle, where they still form the 2nd and 3rd of the ring of eight there. It is known that W Whitmore was resident in Watford between 1647 and 1657, and that he also worked in conjunction with the Hodsons of London (H.B.Walters "Ut Supra", p233). At Bredon, Worcs., there are three bells dated 1624 which are by "W Witmore". It is probable that they were the same person, but that he changed the spelling of his name.

  1. W Whitmore, 1639, 4-2-12
  2. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1892, 4-0-25
  3. W Whitmore, 1639, 5-1-12
  4. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1892, 6-1-17
  5. W Whitmore, 1639, 8-0-11
  6. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1743, 11-0-4 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, Sharpe, C.B. of Berkshire p300)

 

Ebrington, S Eadburgha, 6 bells, Tenor 12-2-12, Grid Ref:SP183400

The Bagley foundry was based mainly at Chacombe, but various members of the family set up foundries in other places at various times, such as Ecton (Northants.) and Evesham (Worcs). They are renowned for casting bells with many decorations, and for bad spelling of the inscriptions. The bells were rehung in 1955, when the 5th was recast.

  1. Matthew Bagley I, Evesham, 1687, 5-0-15
  2. Matthew Bagley II, Chacombe, 1769, 5-2-4
  3. Henry Bagley I, Chacombe, 1678, 6-2-5
  4. Henry Bagley I, Chacombe, 1678, 7-1-19
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1955, 8-3-14
  6. Henry Bagley I, Chacombe, 1678, 12-2-12 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1975, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Edgeworth, S Mary the Virgin, 5 bells, Tenor 4-3-26, Grid Ref:SO948060

This is said to be the most remote village in the Cotswolds. Parking is in the lane outside the church, and the ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the south porch. The bells sound good, and go very well having been rehung in 1983. Inexperienced ringers should be careful since the small bells are quite light.

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1716, 3-0-18
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1716, 3-2-16
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1716, 3-3-16
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1716, 4-1-25
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1716, 4-3-26 in C

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973)

 

Elkstone, S John the Evangelist, 6 bells, Tenor 11.5 cwt, Grid Ref:SO967123

Parking is in the car park by the church, or in the lane past the church. The entrance to the church is through the south porch, and the tower steps are in the south wall of the tower, from inside the back of the church. The bells sound quite good, although the treble which is a little shrill. They go well apart from the 4th which has almost no handstroke pull. Parts of the frame are mediaeval, but it has been heavily modified.

  1. Whitechapel, 1977, 3-3-15
  2. Bond of Burford, 1927, 4.5 cwt
  3. Edward Neale, Burford, 1657, 5.25 cwt
  4. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1933, 6-3-18
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1882, 8-0-21
  6. Edward Neale, Burford, 1657, 11.5 cwt in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973, 1979, A.M.Bull 1993, DPB 10/3/2001)

 

Elmore, S John the Baptist, 6 bells, Tenor 12-0-9, Grid Ref:SO767149

This church is about 2 miles west of the village, in the hamlet of Bridgemacote. The 'H' pattern bell frame and modern fittings (with Hastings stays) date from 1923.

  1. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1825, 6-0-5
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1721, 6-1-12
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1721, 7-1-20
  4. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1857, 6-2-1
  5. John Warner, London, 1897, 8-1-15
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1923, 12-0-9 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Elmstone Hardwicke, S Mary Magdalene, 4 bells, Tenor 15cwt, Grid Ref:SO920260, Unringable.

This church is in the centre of the small village to the east of Cheltenham and the large tower is visible from the M5. The bells were hung in a huge wooden frame (with the date 1654 inscribed in it) until the late 70's when the heavier 3 bells were lowered to the intermediate chamber by Arthur Berry where they sit today. The treble remains in its pit complete with 17th cent ringing fittings and is chimed by means of an ellacombe hammer. The frame has 5 pits in an anti-clockwise circle and there is evidence that a 5th bell existed with cut outs for bearings being present. The organ has been installed under the nave/tower arch and occupies part of the tower, also obstructing where the ropes of the treble and second would fall. The churchwarden beleives the bells were last rung in 1924.

1.      Thomas Rudhall, 1775, 7-0-0

2.      Gloucester foundry (Robert Hederley?), 15th cent, 9-0-0

3.      Henry Farmer, 1618, 11-0-0

4.      John Martin, 1675, 15-0-0 in F#

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, ARM, 2006)

 

English Bicknor, S Mary the Virgin, 6 bells, Tenor 7-2-10 cwt, Grid Ref:SO582158

These bells were in a derelict condition for many years and a lengthy restoration project was finished in 2007. In 2003, the two tenor bells were welded by Soundweld as both were cracked due to expansion of the corroded cast-in clapper staples. The treble bell is a second hand bell originally from Queenhill, Worcs, which for a while was transferred to Tredington, Glos in the early 1980s while the treble there (now the 2nd) was cracked. English Bicknor is therefore this bell's third tower!

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1718, 3-0-22
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1709, 4-0-5
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1709, 4-2-14
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1709, 5-1-20
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1709, 5-3-6
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1709, 7-2-10 in A flat, anti-clockwise

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, Michael Williams 1995, Soundweld's web site 3/1/2004, online Dove 9/11/07)

 

Evenlode, S Edward, 5 bells, Tenor 6 cwt, Grid Ref:SP221291, UNRINGABLE

The tenor bears no inscription, but it might be a Bagley bell, since the 1732 catalogue of the bells supplied by the Bagley foundry states that a ring of five bells was supplied to 'Evenload'. They were rehung by Bond in 1897, but are now only chimed using Ellacombe apparatus.

  1. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1831, 4-0-5
  2. Bond of Burford 1897, 3.5 cwt
  3. G Mears, London 1858, 3-3-2
  4. Bond of Burford 1897, 5.5 cwt
  5. no inscription, undated, 6 cwt in B

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971)

 

Fairford, S Mary the Virgin, 8 bells, Tenor 17-1-2, Grid Ref:SP152012

There is plenty of parking in the marked areas outside the church. The bells are rung from the chancel crossing, and the ringers have to stand among the choir stalls to ring. They sound very nice indeed, but suffer from a certain amount of rope rattle. There is quite a length of rope before the first rope guide, and it is important to pull the ropes straight.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1927, 3-3-25
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1927, 4-1-3
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1927, 4-3-12
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1927, 5-1-12
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1927, 7-1-4
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1927, 9-0-10
  7. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1927, 12-0-14
  8. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1927, 17-1-2 in E

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973)

 

Forthampton, S Mary the Virgin, 6 bells, Tenor 14 cwt, Grid Ref:SO858326, UNRINGABLE

The second was cast by Charles and George Mears, possibly at Gloucester using Rudhall's old foundry. The frame and fittings are in very poor state. All six bells swing the same way, and the stays and sliders of bells 2-5 are of a unusual style, being roughly a wooden version of the old peg and latchet arrangement. The tenor slider is also not of a standard design, and consists of a sliding wooden beam. The ringing chamber floor is very weak, as are all the other wooden floors in the tower.

  1. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1887, 4-1-7
  2. C & G Mears, London, 1845, 4.5 cwt
  3. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1824, 6.25 cwt
  4. G Mears, London, 1863, 7-3-20
  5. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1764, 9.5 cwt
  6. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1764, 14 cwt in F sharp

(Data:EMB 1980, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Frampton on Severn, S Mary the Virgin, 6 bells, Tenor 11 cwt, Grid Ref:SO744069

There is a parking area next to the church, and the ringing chamber is at ground floor level at the back of the church. The bells are hung high in the tower and there is quite a length of rope as a result. The 4th shouts loudly within the tower, and all six bells need pulling somewhat.

  1. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1733, 4.75 cwt
  2. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1791, 5 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1733, 6 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1733, 6.5 cwt
  5. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1924, 7.5 cwt
  6. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1733, 11 cwt in G sharp

(Data:EMB 1980)

 

Gloucester, Cathedral, 12 bells, Tenor 23-3-14, Grid Ref:SO831188

The Norman abbey was started in 1089, and it is certain that this building had a central tower, and possibly two other towers. In 1122, the 'great eastern tower' burnt down and in 1170, the north west tower fell down. Both were rebuilt, but disappeared again when the west end was rebuilt in the 15th century. The present central tower dates from 1450, and the bells were transferred from the old tower to the new. Some of these old bells still exist. The present ring were rehung and augmented from 10 to 12 in 1978. They go quite well, but the acoustics are not very good. The tower entrance is in the south transept, and there are many stairs up to the ringing chamber. There is also a large bourdon bell, "Great Peter", dating from c1450. It was probably cast by the monks at that time, and weighs 59-3-14. It can be seen outside the ringing chamber as you walk in. John Pennington I was casting bells at Monmouth between 1626 and 1665, and his son John II was casting until 1682. The 11th became cracked and was welded during 2007.

  1. Whitechapel, 1978, 4-3-24
  2. Whitechapel, 1978, 5-1-12
  3. Whitechapel, 1978, 5-1-3
  4. Whitechapel, 1978, 5-2-4
  5. Whitechapel, 1978, 5-1-24
  6. Whitechapel, 1978, 5-3-24
  7. Whitechapel, 1978, 7-0-18
  8. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1810, 7-2-10
  9. Robert Burford?, London, c1392-1418, 10-1-21
  10. Robert Burford?, London, c1392-1418, 14-2-17
  11. John Pennington I, Monmouth ?, 1626, 18-1-6
  12. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1736, 23-3-14 in D

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973,1979)

 

Gloucester, S Mary de Crypt, 8 bells, Tenor 12-1-18, Grid Ref:SO831184

The bells are in a central tower. Access to the ringing chamber is by a spiral staircase in the north west pillar of the chancel crossing. The bells go well, and were hung in a 'H' pattern frame by Taylors in 1909. The fittings are also modern style Taylors' ones with Hastings stays.

  1. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1749, 4-3-22
  2. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1749, 5-1-11
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1710, 4-3-11
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1710, 5-2-13
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1710, 6-2-8
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1710, 7-0-7
  7. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1710, 9-2-1
  8. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1772, 12-1-18 in F

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, A.M.Bull 1993)

 

Gloucester, S Mary de Lode, 6 bells, Tenor 14-2-12, Grid Ref:SO829189

Ringing on these bells is rare, since they are situated yards from residential buildings, and there is no sound control. The last rehang was by Warners in 1916 who installed a riveted metal frame for 8 bells. Entry is via an outside door in the south east corner of the tower. The condition of the ropes is not good and the tower is rather dusty. The bells are not particularly in tine, and the 4th is VERY slow at backstroke.

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1705, 4.5 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1705, 5.25 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1705, 5.75 cwt
  4. Roger Purdue, Bristol, 1636, 6.5 cwt
  5. Roger Purdue, Bristol, 1636, 8 cwt
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1710, 14-2-12 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973, DPB 28/4/2001, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Gloucester, S Nicholas, 6 bells, Tenor 14.5 cwt, Grid Ref:SO828187

The church became redundant in 1975 and the bells are now virtually unringable,. The frame is a 18th century wooden frame, partially supported from underneath by another huge timber structure in the ringing chamber. The bells are loud, fairly well in tune, but drop like stones. It is interesting to note that the 2nd and 3rd were cast by the same founder and in the same year as the 4th and 5th at S.Mary de Lode.

  1. John Baker, Hereford, 1608, 4.25 cwt
  2. Roger Purdue, Bristol, 1636, 6 cwt
  3. Roger Purdue, Bristol, 1636, 7 cwt
  4. Robert Hendley, Bristol 15th C, 9-1-23
  5. Bristol Foundry, 15th C, 10.5 cwt
  6. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1725, 14.5 cwt in G

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973, R/W issue No.4083)

 

Great Barrington, S Mary the Virgin, 6 bells, Tenor 8-0-3, Grid Ref:SP205135

Parking is in the road at the end of the church lane, and not in the lane itself. The ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the north porch of the tower. The bells are rather quiet inside the ringing chamber, but sound quite nice and go well having received some attention in the last few years. The bells were completely rehung in 1935 by Taylors.

  1. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1733, 4-0-20
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1733, 4-0-1
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1733, 4-0-27
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1733, 4-2-9
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1733, 5-2-3
  6. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1733, 8-0-3 in A sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Great Rissington, S John the Baptist, 6 bells, Tenor 11-1-3, Grid Ref:SP195172

These are rung from the chancel crossing of the church, which gets pretty cold in the winter. Recently, there has been a big uproar about whether toilet facilities should be installed in the church. The bells were rehung by Whitechapel in 1990, and now go very well, and are pleasant to listen to. Parking is in the road by the church path.

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1716, 4-3-7
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1716, 5-1-9
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1716, 5-3-14
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1716, 6-1-19
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1716, 8-0-4
  6. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1791, 11-1-3 in G

(Data:EMB 1980)

 

Great Witcombe, S Mary the Virgin, 6 bells, Tenor 6-2-20, Grid Ref:SO911148

There is plenty of parking outside the church, and the ringing chamber is at ground floor level at the back of the church. When I rang here, there was a charge of 1 pound per ringer for ringing here, and 18 pounds for a broken stay. The two-tier frame and the fittings are by Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, and date from 1928. The bells go well, but are very loud outside. The fourth may be by the Monmouth branch of the Pennington family (see under Gloucester Cathedral)

  1. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1777, 2-2-8
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1901, 3-0-13
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1901, 3-2-23
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1901, 4-1-22
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1901, 5-3-13
  6. John Pennington I, Monmouth ?, 1630, 6-2-20 in A

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973)

 

Guiting Power, S Michael & AA., 6 bells, Tenor 6-2-25, Grid Ref:SP096246

Two Norman doorways, one blocked one in the north of the nave, and one moved to the end of the south transept are all that remain of the original building. The chancel is 12th or early 13th century, and the transepts only date from 1820 and 1844. The church was allowed to fall into ruins and by 1902 was only a crumbling shell. In 1903, the church was completely restored. In 1869, after about 100 years of disuse, the bells were restored by Bond of Burford, and Warners added the treble in 1870. By 1981, they were unringable again, and were completely rehung in a new frame with new fittings, and augmented to six. There is some parking down the lane to the church, and the church entrance is through the repositioned Norman door in the south transept. The ringing chamber is at ground floor level, and the ropes fall around the font. The bells go well, and sound good, having been retuned in 1981.

  1. Whitechapel, 1981, 2-1-20
  2. John Warner, London, 1870, 2-2-16
  3. Henry Bond, Burford, 1869, 3-2-21
  4. Whitechapel, 1981, 4-1-8
  5. Henry Bond, Burford, 1869, 5-0-2
  6. Henry Bond, Burford, 1869, 6-2-25 in B flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1975, Church Guide 1985, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Hardwicke, S Nicholas, 6 bells, Tenor 11-3-18, Grid Ref:SO793124

The bells are rung from a small ground floor ringing chamber. They go and handle well, and sound quite good, but the wire rope guides make a lot of rattling noises. They are hung in a 'H' pattern frame with cast iron headstocks and Hastings stays by Taylors, dating from 1927. The old 3rd, replaced in 1927, is on display in the nave, and is a bell from the Bristol foundry c1350-1380, and weighs 6-2-21.

  1. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1819, 5-0-26
  2. Thomas Mears II, London, 1841, 5-3-16
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1927, 6-1-7
  4. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1866, 6-1-27
  5. Roger Purdue, Bristol, 1639, 8-0-6
  6. Thomas Mears II, London, 1836, 11-3-18 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973, A.M.Bull 1993, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Haresfield, S Peter, 6 bells, Tenor 11-2-13, Grid Ref:SO810104

The third and tenor were recast by Thomas Mears using Rudhall's foundry at Gloucester. The frame and fittings (except the elm headstocks) are by Mears & Stainbank, London, 1953.

  1. John Warner, London, 1887, 5-1-19
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1725, 5-2-5
  3. Thomas Mears, Gloucester, 1846, 6-0-8
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1702, 6-3-13
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1702, 8-2-6
  6. Thomas Mears, Gloucester, 1842, 11-2-13 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973)

 

Hartpury, S Mary the Virgin, 6 bells, Tenor 14-1-6, Grid Ref:SO780237

The church is about two miles west of the village. The ringing chamber is reached through the west doors under the tower, and up a wooden staircase. The bells sound OK, but are not very easy to ring. Parking is on the verge outside the west end of the church. The 3rd is lighter than the second, and the note of the tenor is very low for its weight. They were rehung in a new frame in 1927 by Gillett & Johnson of Croydon, who provided new fittings, including ball bearings. There is a tombstone in the churchyard of one 'John Hale blckfmith who Deceafed Septemb ye 9th 1692 ... Crufth by A Bell'. See under Gloucester Cathedral for more about John Pennington.

  1. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1926, 5-1-4
  2. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1926, 7-1-6
  3. John Pennington I, Monmouth ?, 1626, 6-3-3
  4. Henry Jefferies, Bristol, c1550, 10-0-14
  5. John Pennington I, Monmouth ?, 1626, 12-0-0
  6. John Pennington I, Monmouth ?, 1628, 14-1-6 in E flat (!)

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971)

 

Hasfield, S Mary, 6 bells, Tenor 13 cwt, Grid Ref:SO827276

This church is not easy to find, as it is situated away from the lanes and hides behind some trees. There is some parking in the lane or in a grassy car park on the left as you drive up to the church. The ground floor ringing chamber is reached via the south porch. The bells sound OK, but are getting increasingly hard to ring. Sharpe gives the tenor weight as 10.5 cwt. The church was probably founded in c1220, and the tower was started in the 14th century, and the upper stages with gargoyles was added in the late 15th or early 16th century. Interestingly, the dedication of the church in the 14th century was St. Peter, and the tower still retains this original dedication, even though the rest of the building is now dedicated to St. Mary.

  1. John Warner, London, 1901, 4.25 cwt
  2. John Warner, London, 1901, 5.5 cwt
  3. John Warner, London, 1901, 6.5 cwt
  4. John Warner, London, 1901, 7 cwt
  5. John Warner, London, 1901, 8.5 cwt
  6. John Warner, London, 1901, 13 cwt in G

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1974)

 

Hatherop, S Nicholas, 6 bells, Tenor 7-1-17, Grid Ref:SP154051

This must be one of the hardest churches to find in the county. It can be clearly seen from afar, but once up close, there does not seem to be any way up to the building. The actual church entrance is up a long path which comes out into the road through a covered gateway at SP156052 near the telephone box. The school next door is private property. The ringing chamber entrance is outside in the north wall of the central tower, which has a pitched roof. The bells are fairly tuneful, go OK, and seem to be well maintained. The tower was the first to win the best kept tower competition of the G&B Association.

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1715, 3.5 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1715, 3.75 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1715, 4 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1715, 4.5 cwt
  5. H & T Bond, Burford, 1906, 6 cwt
  6. C & G Mears, London, 1852, 7-1-17 in A

(Data:EMB 1978)

 

Hempsted, S Swithun, 8 bells, Tenor 10-2-12, Grid Ref:SO813170

The ringing chamber is at ground floor level in the chancel. They were rehung in 1979 by the Whitechapel foundry in a new metal frame, the old bells being retuned at the same time.

  1. Whitechapel, 1979, 3-1-20
  2. Whitechapel, 1979, 3-2-16
  3. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1886, 4-1-8
  4. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1764, 4-1-12
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1694, 5-3-0
  6. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1817, 6-1-8
  7. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1817, 8-0-9
  8. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1694, 10-2-12 in F sharp

(Data:EMB 1979,R/W Issue No. 3591, DPB 17/4/93)

 

Hewelsfield, S Mary Magdalene, 6 bells, Tenor 11 cwt, Frid Ref:SO568022, RESTORATION IN PROGRESS

These are a nice sounding 6 rung from the ground floor in the chancel. The tower is very low, and only just gets higher than the church, hence it is only marked as a 'cross' on the OS map. Parking is in the lane outside the church. The bells were augmented to six with the addition of a redundant bell from St.Savoiur's Eddington, near Hungerford, Berks., in 1979. See under Gloucester Cathedral for more about John Pennington.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1866, 3-3-6
  2. William Evans, Chepstow, 1733, 3.75 cwt
  3. John Pennington I, Monmouth ?, 1634, 4.25 cwt
  4. George Mears, London, 1864, 5.5 cwt
  5. William Evans, Chepstow, 1746, 7.25 cwt
  6. Robert Hendley ?, Gloucester, 15th C, 11 cwt in G sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973, online Dove 9/11/07)

 

Horsley, S Martin, 8 bells, Tenor 13-1-1, Grid Ref:ST837980

The ringing chamber is at ground floor level. EMB records the tenor as weighing approx 14.5 cwt! The bells were rehung by Whites of Appleton in 1989 in a new 8 bell frame, and were augmented to 8 in 1994.

  1. Whitechapel, 1994, 4-2-13
  2. Whitechapel, 1994, 5-0-11
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1712, 5-0-20
  4. Roger Purdue, Bristol, 1632, 5-1-14
  5. Roger Purdue, Bristol, 1632, 6-0-9
  6. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1796, 7-0-1
  7. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1871, 9-0-27
  8. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1776, 13-1-1 in F

(Data:Brian White 1998)

 

Huntley, S John the Baptist, 6 bells, Tenor 7-0-24, Grid Ref:SO713196

These bells were rehung by Arthur Berry in 1984 and go well. Parking is outside the church on the east side, and the entrance to the ground floor ringing chamber is through the south porch. The founder of the 2nd may well be one of the Baker founders of Hereford, but the founders of the 2nd and 4th can not be positively identified. The interior of the church is rich in marble work and carvings.

  1. John Warner, London, 1884, 4-0-10
  2. (Unknown founder), 1616, 4-2-4
  3. John Warner, London, 1878, 4-0-22
  4. John Baker, Hereford?, 1580, 4-2-16
  5. Worcester Foundry, c1410, 6-2-7
  6. John Warner, London, 1878, 7-0-24 in G

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972, A.M.Bull 1993, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Kemble, All Saints, 6 bells, Tenor 9 cwt, Grid Ref:ST989970

There is parking in the road outside the church. The ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the west doors under the tower. The tenor bell was rehung recently by Whites of Appleton. The bells sound and go well.

  1. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1953, 3-1-23
  2. Edward Neale, Burford, 1674, 4 cwt
  3. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1790, 4.75 cwt
  4. Bristol Foundry c1550, 5.5 cwt
  5. Llewellins & James, Bristol, 1905, 7 cwt
  6. John Warner, London, 1869, 9 cwt in G

(Data:Brian White 1998)

 

Kempsford, S Mary the Virgin, 6 bells, Tenor 16-1-14, Grid Ref:SU161964

These are a nice ring of six, hung in a large central tower. There is plenty of parking up the wide church lane and the church entrance is on the north side of the nave. The tower entrance is inside in the north wall of the chancel. There is a large step at the bottom, and some loose carpet to slip on as you jump off this bottom step. The clock hammers are held off by placing large weights on the cables, not by hooking them on the wall. They go well, and sound nice. There is a sealed door to an old room high in the ringing chamber wall, but the floor to this has been removed. The 3rd is by Henry Bagley III, who after travelling around the country a bit, had settled in Whitney by 1732. The treble and fourth have an unusual type of thin lettering, not found anywhere else in the county. The bells were rehung in 1983 by Taylors, and the old 1708 second (weighing 6-0-8) by Abraham Rudhall I was recast.

  1. (Unknown founder), 1678, 4-2-24
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1983, 5-0-7
  3. Henry Bagley III, Whitney, 1739, 7-1-26
  4. (Unknown founder), 1678, 9-1-24
  5. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1905, 10-2-2
  6. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1830, 16-1-14 in E flat

(Data:EMB 1979,AMB 2003/2005)

 

Lechlade, S Lawrence, 6 bells, Tenor 13-1-13, Grid Ref:SU215995

There is a small amount of parking car park on the corner of the main street. The tower entrance in inside the west doors of the church on the right, and the ringing gallery is only a few steps up. The bells go well, and sound quite nice, even though the tenor's pitch is very low for its weight.

  1. John Warner, London, 1911, 5-1-6
  2. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1742, 5-2-8
  3. James Wells, Aldbourne, 1802, 7-1-26
  4. Joseph Carter, Reading, 1599, 9-1-3
  5. Ellis Knight, Reading, 1635, 11-0-19
  6. Ellis Knight, Reading, 1626, 13-1-13 in E

(Data:EMB 1979)

 

Leckhampton, S Peter, 8 bells, Tenor 9-1-14, Grid Ref:SO943194

The ringing chamber is in the chancel, behind the altar. The bells are an excellent Taylor octave, and go very well, but the treble is a little on the quiet side. There is a little parking in the layby outside the church. The church door is on the north side of the nave up the church path. The last major restoration was in 1971-2, when a new two tier metal 'H' frame was installed. Interestingly, the inscriptions of the treble and second are exactly the same as the front seven bells at Malvern Link, Worcs, cast in 1900.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1904, 3-0-20
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1904, 3-1-7
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1972, 3-2-24
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1904, 4-1-26
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1972, 4-3-2
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1972, 5-1-22
  7. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1972, 6-3-24
  8. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1972, 9-1-14 in A flat

(Data:Fred Sharpe 1970, EMB 1979, The Ringing World 3/2/1989)

 

Leonard Stanley, S Swithun, 6 bells, Tenor 13-3-1, Grid Ref:SO802032

These are a complete Taylor six dating from 1908. They were originally hung in the previous frame which soon proved unsafe. The bells were unringable for many years, until they were removed in 1979. The old frame was replaced in 1982 by Whites of Appleton with a new wooden one which sits on a concrete floor half way up the tower. The bells go very well, and sound excellent. The ringing chamber is at the ground floor, in the chancel crossing. Parking is in the lanes outside the church.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1908, 5-0-3
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1908, 5-2-21
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1908, 6-3-15
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1908, 7-1-26
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1908, 10-0-6
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1908, 13-3-1 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, A.M.Bull 1993, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Littledean, S Ethelbert, 8 bells, Tenor 8-2-12, Grid Ref:SO672136

Parking is in a small car park to the north of the church. The tower entrance is through the west doors of the church, and up some wooden steps. The bells were restored and rehung in 2005 by Whites of Appleton.

  1. Whitechapel, 2005, 3-1-0
  2. Whitechapel, 2005, 3-2-19
  3. William Evans, Chepstow, 1752, 3-3-16
  4. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1894,4-1-23
  5. William Evans, Chepstow, 1752, 4-2-9
  6. William Evans, Chepstow, 1752, 5-0-12
  7. William Evans, Chepstow, 1752, 6-3-11
  8. William Evans, Chepstow, 1752, 8-2-12 in G sharp

(Data:EMB 1980, A.M.Bull 1993, CJP 2006)

 

Long Newnton, Holy Trinity, 6 bells, Tenor 10-2-2, Grid Ref:ST909924

There is a parking area over the road from the church, and the ringing chamber is at ground floor level. The bells were rehung by Whites of Appleton in 1980. The existing ornate rope guides have been used to support new wooden rope guides. The bells go well and sound nice.

  1. C & G Mears, 1846, 3-3-24
  2. C & G Mears, 1846, 3-1-18
  3. C & G Mears, 1846, 3-3-12
  4. Bristol Foundry, c1400, 5-0-16
  5. C & G Mears, 1846, 6-3-12
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1887, 10-2-2 in G

(Data:C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Longborough, S James, 6 bells, Tenor 11-0-2, Grid Ref:SP179298

These were originally a ring of five by Richard Keene of Woodstock, of which only two bells survive. Thy were rehung and augmented by Bond of Burford in 1898, and rehung again by Arthur Berry in 1987 when the 5th was recast. There is a small amount of parking outside the church, and the ringing chamber access is through the church, up a short ladder, and through a trap door. The bells go well, and a notice in the ringing chamber requests that no Quarter peals are rung, although it says nothing about half peals or peals.

  1. Bond of Burford, 1898, 4-0-2
  2. Bond of Burford, 1898, 4-1-6
  3. Richard Keene, Woodstock, 1680, 4-0-2
  4. Richard Keene, Woodstock, 1680, 5-3-12
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1987, 8-3-15
  6. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1739, 11-0-2 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1967, DPB 1993)

 

Longhope, All Saints, 8 bells, Tenor 10-3-11, Grid Ref:SO684198

The ring of 6 was retuned in 1921/2 and rehung in a new frame at that time by Mears. The two new trebles were cast by Taylors in 1985 who also retuned the front 4 of the 6 again. The ringing chamber floor was installed in 1986 by Arthur Berry. There is plenty of parking in the road past the church, and the entrance to the tower is in the south wall of the tower, and across the floor to the tower steps. The bells sound good, and go very well.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1985, 3-3-20
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1985, 4-2-0
  3. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1922, 4-0-25
  4. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1829, 4-1-15
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1700, 5-0-6
  6. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1922, 6-1-14
  7. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1820, 7-1-11
  8. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1952, 10-3-11 in G

(Data:EMB 1979, Ringing World 18/7/1986, A.M.Bull 1993)

 

Longney, S Lawrence, 8 bells, Tenor 10-3-17, Grid Ref:SO763124

The sixth bell, by Abraham Rudhall I, is unusual for a Rudhall bell, in that it bears a Latin inscription. The frame and fittings date from 1914 and are by Taylors. They are hung on ball bearings. This tower was where the first peal of 165 Spliced Surprise Major was rung.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1914, 4-2-27
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1914, 5-0-14
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1914, 5-0-11
  4. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1798, 5-1-13
  5. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1796, 5-3-1
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1712, 7-1-2
  7. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1914, 9-3-9
  8. John Warner, London, 1899, 10-3-17 in F

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971)

 

Lower Slaughter, S Mary, 6 bells, Tenor 5-3-20 cwt, Grid Ref:SP166226

These bells were restored in 1998/9 by Taylors and are now ringable again after many years.

  1. John Taylor, 1998, 2-3-26
  2. John Warner, London, 1866, 2-3-22
  3. Edward Neale, Burford, 1683, 3-0-25
  4. Edward Neale, Burford, 1683, 4-0-2
  5. Robert Hendley, Gloucester, c1450, 4-2-24
  6. John Warner, London, 1866, 5-3-20 in B flat (924Hz/Bb-16c)

(Data:Taylors 3/12/1999)

 

Lydney, S Mary, 10 bells, Tenor 13-2-7, Grid Ref:SO633026

There is parking in the lay-by outside the church, and the tower entrance is inside the bottom of the tower, in the north east corner. The bells go well, and are hung in a frame dating from 1971. They are all hung on ball bearings. The modern trebles are very shrill, and do not match the rest too well. The sixth is one of several bells cast at the Rudhall foundry after Mears had acquired it.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1974, 3-3-11
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1974, 3-3-19
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1900, 4-1-7
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1900, 4-1-24
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1703, 5-0-8
  6. Thomas Mears, Gloucester, 1841, 5-3-4
  7. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1700, 6-0-14
  8. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1971, 7-3-11
  9. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1797, 9-1-18
  10. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1700, 13-2-7 in F

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1969,1979)

 

Maisemore, S Giles, 6 bells, Tenor 10-1-10, Grid Ref:SO814217

There is some parking on the side of the lane by the church. The ground floor ringing chamber is at the back of the church, through the doors. The bells were rehung on new fittings with ball bearings in 1969 by the Whitechapel foundry, and go well. All the bells swing the same way in a wooden frame.

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1697, 4-3-23
  2. John Warner, London, 1884, 5-2-4
  3. John Warner, London, 1884, 6-0-14
  4. Whitechapel, 1969, 6-0-18
  5. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1826, 7-1-13
  6. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1805, 10-1-10 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1974)

 

Meysey Hampton, S Mary, 6 bells, Tenor 9-2-17, Grid Ref:SP117001

These were rehung by Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, in 1929. They also recast the 5th at that time. There is a small amount of parking up the lane by the church, but only for about 4-5 cars.

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1708, 3-3-22
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1708, 4-3-8
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1708, 5-0-20
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1708, 5-1-24
  5. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1929, 7-2-14
  6. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1825, 9-2-17 in G

(Data:EMB 1979)

 

Mickleton, S Lawrence, 8 bells, Tenor 15-3-16, Grid Ref:SP162435

There is some parking in the lane on the south side of the church, and some steps and a ramp up to the church. The ringing chamber is at ground floor level, and may be reached through the church, or via the doors at the west end of the tower. The bells go quite well, and sound good, the fittings are 1954 by Taylors.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1891, 4-3-22
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1891, 5-0-26
  3. C & G Mears, London, 1862, 5-2-25
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1894, 7-1-18
  5. Richard Keene, Woodstock, 1668, 7-0-25
  6. Richard Keene, Woodstock, 1668, 8-2-20
  7. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1827, 10-2-2
  8. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1706, 15-3-16

(Data:EMB 1979)

 

Minchinhampton, Holy Trinity, 6 bells, Tenor 12-0-8, Grid Ref:SO873007

The bells are all on metal headstocks with ball bearings. They were rehung by Taylors in 1973.

  1. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1719, 6-0-6
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1906, 5-3-10
  3. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1756, 6-3-2
  4. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1797, 7-2-12
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1973, 8-3-22
  6. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1825, 12-0-8 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1967)

 

Minsterworth, S Peter, 6 bells, Tenor 11-0-27, Grid Ref:SO773170

There is some parking in the narrow lane outside the church. The old 1788 John Rudhall six were recast in 1903 by Taylors. The frame and fittings also date from 1903. All the bells swing the same way. EMB records the tenor weight as 12-2-27, which is what is printed on a card in the vestry. The bells are rather loud in the ringing chamber, and feel like they are hung on plain bearings. The river Severn runs next to the Church yard, and this is an excellent place to view the Severn Bore.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1903, 4-0-17
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1903, 4-3-25
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1903, 5-1-25
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1903, 5-3-0
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1903, 7-2-7
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1903, 11-0-27 in G sharp

(Data:EMB 1980,DPB 23/8/93)

 

Mitcheldean, S Michael & AA., 8 bells, Tenor 12-0-6, Grid Ref:SO663186

There is a car park behind the church on the west side. The entrance to the ground floor ringing chamber is through the south porch. The bells go quite well, and sound nice although the 4th shouts somewhat. The front four bells, and the sixth are all that remains of a ring of eight which were cast by Francis Tyler and Thomas Rudhall. Francis Tyler was the works manager and helped Thomas Rudhall out after the death of Abel Rudhall that year. The bells were unringable for many years, being restored by Taylors in 1924.

  1. Francis Tyler and Thomas Rudhall, 1760, 4-1-20
  2. Francis Tyler and Thomas Rudhall, 1760, 4-1-24
  3. Francis Tyler and Thomas Rudhall, 1760, 5-0-20
  4. Francis Tyler and Thomas Rudhall, 1760, 5-1-0
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1924, 6-0-9
  6. Francis Tyler and Thomas Rudhall, 1760, 7-0-12
  7. George Mears, London, 1864, 9-1-6
  8. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1819, 12-0-6 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1974)

 

Moreton Valence, S Stephen, 6 bells, Tenor 10 cwt, Grid Ref:SO779097

The ringing chamber is at ground floor level, and may be reached through the back of the church. The fittings are not in very good condition, but the bells go well enough if they have been lubricated!

  1. Thomas Mears, London, 1840, 4.5 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1696, 5 cwt
  3. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1739, 5.5 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1696, 6 cwt
  5. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1899, 7-2-6
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1696, 10 cwt in G

(Data:EMB 1981, G.Stickland 1998)

 

Moreton in Marsh, S David, 8 bells, Tenor 10-0-14, Grid Ref:SP206322

These bells sound excellent, and go very well. The two tier frame and fittings were installed in 1958 by Taylors. The tower entrance is outside the church in the south east corner of the tower. The clock is somewhat in the way of the ringers of the back two bells.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1958, 3-0-20
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1958, 3-0-24
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1958, 4-0-8
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1958, 4-1-12
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1958, 5-0-0
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1958, 5-2-20
  7. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1958, 7-0-8
  8. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1958, 10-0-14 in G

(Data:EMB 1979, A.M.Bull 1993)

 

Naunton, S Andrew, 6 bells, Tenor 7-2-16, Grid Ref:SP112234

These were augmented from three to six in 1991/2 by Whites of Appleton, with the new bells being cast at the Whitechapel foundry. They go very well, and sound nice. There is a small car park behind the church, and the ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the back of the church.

  1. Whitechapel, 1992, 3-1-11
  2. Whitechapel, 1992, 3-3-0
  3. Whitechapel, 1992, 4-1-7
  4. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1775, 4-1-13
  5. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1775, 5-0-27
  6. Richard Keene, Woodstock, 1684, 7-2-16

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972, Chris Pickford 16/4/93)

 

Newent, S Mary, 8 bells, Tenor 16-1-4, Grid Ref:SO723259

There is parking in the road outside the church, and the ringing chamber entrance is in the far right hand corner of the tower porch. Bells 2-4 are rung from underneath the clock case, and the ropes go through it, making the draft for these bells rather short. The bells go quite well, and sound OK. They were rehung by Taylors in 1965 with new bearings, headstocks, wheels, clappers, sliders and ropes. Two new trebles were cast in 1983. See under Gloucester Cathedral for more about John Pennington.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1983, 5-0-26
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1983, 5-2-12
  3. Thomas Mears, Gloucester, 1843, 6-0-14
  4. John Pennington I, Monmouth, 1654, 7-0-21
  5. John Pennington I, Monmouth, 1638, 8-1-8
  6. Barwell, Birmingham, 1909, 10-0-4
  7. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1724, 13-0-20
  8. C & G Mears, London, 1850, 16-1-4 in E flat

(Data:Sharpe 1970, DPB 24/3/93. John Baldwin 3/4/2007)

 

Newland, All Saints, 6 bells, Tenor 16-1-14, Grid Ref:SO553095

The church is known as 'The Cathedral of the Forest' and it is a splendid building. There is some parking in the lane on the south side of the churchyard. These bells were rehung by Taylors in 1936 and go quite well. The tower entrance normally used is outside in the south east corner of the tower. See under Gloucester Cathedral for more about John Pennington.

  1. Blews of Birmingham, 1875, 6-3-26
  2. John Pennington I, Monmouth ?, 1660, 7-2-15
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1936, 8-0-20
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1728, 9-1-22
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1728, 12-2-24
  6. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1728, 16-1-14 in E+33c (672Hz)

(Data:EMB 1980, A.M.Bull 1993. A.Twyman 2005)

 

Newnham on Severn, S Peter, 8 bells, Tenor 17-1-18, Grid Ref:SO690115

There is a small amount of parking outside the church, but more can be found in places further along the main road. The ground floor ringing chamber can be reached via the church, or the west doors of the tower. The bells do not sound clear inside the ringing chamber, and they do not go well. The tenors are rather lumpy, and drop a lot. EMB quotes the tenor weight as 17-1-10. The two tier bell frame is high in the tower, and dates from 1894. The bells are hung on plain bearings.

  1. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1894, 5-2-13
  2. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1894, 5-2-5
  3. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1894, 6-0-24
  4. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1894, 7-0-22
  5. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1894, 8-2-2
  6. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1894, 10-1-13
  7. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1894, 11-3-18
  8. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1894, 17-1-18 in E

(Data:EMB 1980)

 

North Cerney, All Saints, 6 bells, Tenor 5-3-0, Grid Ref:SP019078

There is some parking in the lane up to the church. The tower has an unusual pitched roof, and the entrance to the ringing chamber is outside in the north west corner of the tower. The bells go OK. The inside of the church is well worth a look, with a gallery and rood loft.

  1. John Warner, London, 1863, 3 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1714, 3.25 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1714, 3.75 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1714, 4.25 cwt
  5. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1820, 5 cwt
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1714, 5-3-0 in B flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1970)

 

North Nibley, S Martin, 6 bells, Tenor 9-2-25, Grid Ref:ST735961

There is some parking outside the east end of the church. The ringing gallery is reached through the back of the church. The entrance is through the north porch. The bells were restored in 1999 for the millennium (without any aid from the Millennium Commission) by Whites of Appleton.

  1. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1726, 4-3-7
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1726, 4-3-25
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1726, 5-3-3
  4. John Warner, London, 1896, 6-0-16
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1726, 7-2-6
  6. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1726, 9-2-25 in A flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973, Ringing World p192/2000, B.Millar 13/3/2002, AMB 2003)

 

Northleach, SS Peter & Paul, 8 bells, Tenor 18.5 cwt, Grid Ref:SP112146

There is usually plenty of parking in the square. The tower entrance is inside the church in the north east corner of the tower. There is a curious rope guide made out of planks, and one of the bells (3rd?) is drawn over quite a lot, requiring a pulley in the ceiling. The front bells go quite well, but the heavier bells need pulling, and are rather oddstruck. They sound good, and are hung in a wooden frame dating from 1897 by Mears & Stainbank, London.

  1. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1897, 5-3-21
  2. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1897, 6-0-8
  3. Robert and William Corr, Aldbourne, 1700, 7 cwt
  4. Robert and William Corr, Aldbourne, 1700, 8 cwt
  5. Robert and William Corr, Aldbourne, 1700, 10 cwt
  6. Llewellins & James, Bristol, 1922, 12 cwt
  7. Robert and William Corr, Aldbourne, 1700, 14.5 cwt
  8. Robert and William Corr, Aldbourne, 1700, 18.5 cwt in E

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1975)

 

Norton, S Mary the Virgin, 8 bells, Tenor 10-3-14, Grid Ref:SO866244

This church stands in a prominent position above the A38, and there is some parking outside the church. The ground floor ringing chamber may be reached through the church, or via the west doors of the tower. The bells go OK, but the two trebles have nearly the same note which spoils the ring. The back six bells on their own sound good. The bells were restored by Bond of Burford in 1930 and augmented in 1935. He probably sub-contracted the recasting of the tenor to Gillett & Johnson. The third and fourth are some of the oldest Rudhall bells remaining. The oldest yet discovered are at Oddington, dated 1684 (see below).

  1. Bond of Burford, 1935, 3.75 cwt
  2. Bond of Burford, 1935, 4 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1685, 4.5 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1685, 5 cwt
  5. Bond of Burford, 1930, 6 cwt
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1711, 7 cwt
  7. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1735, 8.5 cwt
  8. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1930, 10-3-14 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971)

 

Oddington, S Nicholas, 6 bells, Tenor 9-2-20, Grid Ref:SP235256

There is parking for only a few vehicles up the narrow lane to the remotely sited church. This lane is about 1/2 mile long, and it comes out into the main street by the Post office. The ringing chamber is on the ground floor, and the church entrance is on the south side of the nave. There are some old wall paintings which have been uncovered. There is no electric lighting in the church, so ringing is limited to the hours of daylight only. The fourth is the oldest surviving Rudhall bell known. The bells were restored and rehung in 1973/4 by Whitechapel, and as a result sound nice and go very well. Three old headstocks are preserved in the ringing chamber. The frame and fittings date from 1973, and are by Whitechapel. The table of weights in the ringing chamber gives the date of the tenor as c1700, but the date on the bell is almost certainly 1706, since the last two numerals of the inscription are quite different.

  1. Whitechapel, 1974, 3-1-2
  2. Whitechapel, 1973, 4-0-24
  3. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1738, 4-1-12
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1684, 6-0-0
  5. Whitechapel, 1973, 6-3-9
  6. William Bagley, Chacombe, 1706, 9-2-20 in G

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973, DPB 5/2/1993)

 

Painswick, S Mary the Virgin, 12 bells, Tenor 25-2-19, Grid Ref:SO866096

There is a large, split level, car park south of the church, on the left as you drive south towards Stroud. The churchyard with its rows of ornate yew trees is one of the best on the country. The tower entrance is outside on the north west corner of the tower. The large tower and spire seems out of all proportion to the rest of the church. The bells go very well, and are hung in a Taylors 'H' pattern frame of 1899 with Hastings stays, who also overhauled them and fitted ball bearings in 1979/80. The extra treble and flat sixth hang above the normal sixth in a low side metal frame, and have conventional stays and sliders. The internal acoustics are not very good, and the back bells are quite indistinct, but sound chutes have been arranged to optimise the acoustics for the front ten. Possibly the best place to listen to the ringing is in the churchyard, where the bells sound very good. This tower was the scene of some very early peal ringing and record lengths. One long length peal was discovered to be false after it had been rung. The peal of 13001 Grandsire Cinques rung in 1920 is still the record length in that method. In 1993, the ring was augmented with an extra treble, and the recasting of the two poorly toned trebles by Mears & Stainbank of London in 1887 (treble 4-3-2, 2nd 5-1-4)

  1. Whitechapel, 1993, 5-1-11
  2. Whitechapel, 1993, 5-2-13
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1731, 5-2-11
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1731, 5-2-19
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1731, 6-3-21
  6. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1731, 7-1-16
  7. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1731, 8-1-9
  8. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1732, 9-2-16
  9. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1731, 11-2-3
  10. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1731, 13-2-15
  11. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1731, 18-0-15
  12. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1731, 25-2-19 in D

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973, C.J.Pickford 1993, Alan Hodges 30/11/97)

 

Prestbury, S Mary, 8 bells, Tenor 12-1-22, Grid Ref:SO969239

There is some parking in the lane past the church, and the tower entrance is up a flight of stone steps in the outside of the north wall of the tower, and then through a trap door into the ringing chamber. The bells go well, and they were rehung in 1996/7 by Taylors. The wooden frame dates from 1911 and is by George Day of Eye, Suffolk.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1996, 5-0-25
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1996, 5-2-22
  3. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1748, 5-3-5
  4. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1748, 5-3-26
  5. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1748, 7-0-24
  6. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1748, 7-3-8
  7. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1748, 9-2-10
  8. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1748, 12-1-22 (723Hz)

(Data:DPB 25/4/98)

 

Preston, All Saints, 5 bells, Tenor 6 cwt, Grid Ref:SP044009

The place to park is in the lane, and not up the private drive leading towards the church. There is a footpath up to the church.

  1. Llewellins & James, Bristol, 1908, 3.5 cwt
  2. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1781, 3.75 cwt
  3. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1781, 4 cwt
  4. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1781, 4.5 cwt
  5. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1781, 6 cwt in B flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1974)

 

Quedgeley, S James, 8 bells, Tenor 8-2-8, Grid Ref:SO807142

The previous frame and fittings dated from 1891, except for the 7th, which is from 1977 when the old Rudhall bell was recast. The present frame is a two tier frame - the lower tier dates from 1957 and holds 3,4,6,7 and 8. The upper tier dates from 1993 and holds 1,2 and 5. The tower entrance is outside in the west wall of the tower. The bells go very well and sound good. The ceiling is very low, and the sallies affect the volume of the bells when they pass through the ceiling.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1891, 3-0-24
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1891, 3-2-8
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1732, 4-2-6
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1732, 4-3-8
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1732, 5-1-6
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1850, 5-1-20
  7. Whitechapel, 1977, 6-1-8
  8. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1732, 8-2-8 in G

(Data:EMB 1979, C.J.Pickford 1993, AMB 2003)

 

Randwick, S John the Baptist, 6 bells, Tenor 6-1-25, Grid Ref:SO827067

The founders of the 3rd and 4th are unknown, but the 3rd is of a slightly earlier style. They both came from the same foundry, since the lettering is the same. The two tier 'H' pattern frame was installed by Taylors in 1902 and extended for the new bells in 1968. In order to raise money for the new treble, the Vicar cycled from Land's and to John O' Groats in ten days, averaging about 105 miles each day.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1967, 2-2-7
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1967, 2-3-20
  3. unknown founder, early 14th C, 3-2-12
  4. unknown founder, mid 14th C, 3-2-22
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 5-1-9
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1701, 6-1-25 in B flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1974)

 

Redmarley D'Abitot, S Bartholomew, 6 bells, Tenor 9-3-22, Grid Ref:SO752313

Parking is in the lane outside the church against the large brick wall. The tower entrance is outside on the north wall of the tower (ie to the left). The bells sound good and go very well, although they are a little odd struck. They were rehung by Gillett & Johnson of Croydon in 1954, and the fittings were overhauled in 1975 by Whitechapel when the old tenor was recast.

  1. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1743, 4-3-7
  2. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1743, 5-0-14
  3. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1789, 5-2-0
  4. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1743, 5-2-17
  5. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1743, 7-0-22
  6. Whitechapel, 1975, 9-3-22 in G

(Data:EMB 1979)

 

Rendcomb, S Peter, 6 bells, Tenor 8-1-19,Grid Ref:SP019098

There is a small amount of parking in the road outside the church gate. The frame is by the Gloucester based bell hangers E. & J. Jacques who made some of Rudhall's bell frames before the foundry changed hands. It was fitted with tie bolts for strengthening in 1977. The fittings are also from 1977 by Whites of Appleton. It is rare to find three medieval bells from the same founder still in use in a ring today. In the county today, only Gloucester Cathedral and Shipton Moyne contain bells from the London medieval foundry. It is somewhat strange that these bells were brought from London, when there were active local foundries in Gloucester and Bristol at the same time. John Daniel was casting bells in London during the mid-15th century, and records show that he was probably working between 1456 and 1470.

  1. Thomas Mears, Gloucester, 1842, 5-1-1
  2. Thomas Mears, Gloucester, 1842, 5-0-9
  3. Thomas Mears, Gloucester, 1842, 5-0-26
  4. John Daniel, London, c1456-1470, 6-1-15
  5. John Daniel, London, c1456-1470, 6-1-6
  6. John Daniel, London, c1456-1470, 8-1-19 in G

(Data:Sharpe 1974, EMB 1979)

 

Ruardean, S John the Baptist, 8 bells, Tenor 14-2-14, Grid Ref:SO622177

There is plenty of parking in the road outside the church, and the ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the south porch of church down the steps. There is an old disused bell (old 7th) on the church floor by an unknown late 16th century founder. The bells do not go well, and the trebles are very tricky.

  1. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1905, 4-2-7
  2. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1905, 5-0-20
  3. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1866, 5-1-24
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1725, 6 cwt
  5. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1866, 6-2-10
  6. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1926, 7-3-20
  7. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1929, 10-2-27
  8. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1866, 14-2-14 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972, A.M.Bull 1993)

 

St Briavels, S Mary the Virgin, 8 bells, Tenor 10-2-2, Grid Ref:SO558047

The tower was originally a central tower, and it was rebuilt in 1830, complete with bell frame and bells. The bells were restored and rehung in 1992/3 with a new metal frame installed 13 feet lower than the older one, which had all eight bells swinging north-south. The castle opposite the church is now a Youth Hostel.

  1. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1905, 4-1-8
  2. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1831, 5-0-0
  3. William Evans, Chepstow, 1764, 4-2-4
  4. William Evans, Chepstow, 1764, 4-3-12
  5. William Evans, Chepstow, 1764, 5-1-10
  6. William Evans, Chepstow, 1764, 6-0-22
  7. William Evans, Chepstow, 1764, 7-2-24
  8. William Evans, Chepstow, 1764, 10-2-2 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Saintbury, S Nicholas, 8 bells, Tenor 11-0-24, Grid Ref:SP117394

These bells were unringable for many years, and were rehung in 1983 by the Whitechapel foundry. They are now a very nice ring, and are pleasant to listen to. There is no parking near the church, but it is possible to leave cars in the lane, and walk up the path towards the church by the side of the private drive. The ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the church. The third bears a Latin inscription, which is rare for a Rudhall bell. The ring was augmented in 1999 to 8 bells, and dedicated on 31/10/1999.

  1. Whitechapel, 1999, 3-2-5
  2. Whitechapel, 1999, 3-3-27
  3. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1835, 4-1-16
  4. Henry Bagley I, Chacombe, 1678, 4-3-14
  5. Henry Bagley I, Chacombe, 1678, 5-2-4
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1902, 7-1-6
  7. Henry Bagley I, Chacombe, 1678, 8-2-16
  8. Henry Bagley I, Chacombe, 1678, 11-0-24 in G

(Data:Chris Povey 1999)

 

Sandhurst, S Lawrence, 8 bells, Tenor 15 cwt, Grid Ref:SO828234

The 6th is the only bell by its founder in the county. The ringing chamber is at ground floor level at the back of the church. The bells do not go especially well, are not very well in tune with each other, and the long draught does not assist handling.

  1. Barwell, Birmingham, 1902, 4.5 cwt
  2. Barwell, Birmingham, 1902, 4.75 cwt
  3. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1751, 5 cwt
  4. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1751, 5.25 cwt
  5. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1768, 6.5 cwt
  6. John Palmar, Canterbury, 1621, 7 cwt
  7. John Greene I, Worcester, 1596, 9 cwt
  8. John Greene I, Worcester, 1596, 15 cwt in F sharp

(Data:EMB 1972)

 

Sherborne, S Mary Magdalene, 6 bells, Tenor 10 cwt, Grid Ref:SP169147

There is a well hidden church car park which can be reached via the driveway east of the church. Go through the gates, and turn right in front of the buildings. The track leads round the back of the building, and the parking area is to the left of the wrought iron church gate. The ringing chamber is ground floor, and may be reached through the back of the church, or through the large west doors. The view from the west side of the church is excellent. The bells are pretty rough, need pulling fairly hard and they are not very tuneful. The founder of the fourth is a mystery, but the lettering resembles that from the Worcester Foundry c1410-1430.

  1. Henry Bagley III, Chacombe, 1746, 3.25 cwt
  2. Edward Neale, Burford, 1653, 4.25 cwt
  3. Edward Neale, Burford, 1653, 5 cwt
  4. unknown founder, c1400, 6 cwt
  5. Edward Neale, Burford, 1653, 7.5 cwt
  6. Henry Bagley III, Chacombe, 1742, 10 cwt in A flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1974)

 

Shipton Moyne, S John the Baptist, 6 bells, Tenor 15-2-14, Grid Ref:ST892897

These were rehung in 1962 by Taylors, who fitted ball bearings. The frame is by Mears & Stainbank in 1865.

  1. G Mears, London, 1865, 4-3-8
  2. Purdue?, 1620, 5-1-26
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1962, 6-1-7
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1962, 7-2-3
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1704, 10-1-0
  6. Richard Hille, London, c1423-1440, 15-2-14 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1970)

 

Siddington, S Peter, 6 bells, Tenor 7.25 cwt, Grid Ref:SP035002

There is plenty of parking in the church lane before it bends off to the left, but not much around the bend. The ringing chamber is rather cramped, and the entrance is outside to the left hand side of the tower as you walk up to it. Some of the ropes fall close to the walls of the tower, especially the 3rd.

  1. John Warner, London, 1879, 3.5 cwt
  2. John Warner, London, 1879, 4 cwt
  3. John Warner, London, 1879, 4.5 cwt
  4. John Warner, London, 1879, 4.75 cwt
  5. John Warner, London, 1879, 6 cwt
  6. John Warner, London, 1879, 7.25 cwt in B flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1974)

 

Slimbridge, S John the Evangelist, 6 bells, Tenor 12-3-0, Grid Ref:SO740036

The stone vaulted ceiling to the ringing chamber means that these bells are very quiet and difficult to hear. The bells are hung high in the tall tower and there is quite a length of rope as a result. Parking is in the lane by the church, although there is a small car park nearby. The ringing chamber entrance is inside the church in the north eastern corner of the tower. The bells go fairly well apart from the second which has a very springy rope.

  1. Llewellins & James, Bristol, 1911, 5-0-0
  2. Llewellins & James, Bristol, 1911, 5-2-3
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1716, 6-0-0
  4. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1742, 6-1-14
  5. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1827, 9-1-0
  6. Llewellins & James, Bristol, 1911, 12-3-0 in F sharp

(Data:EMB 1980)

 

South Cerney, All Hallows, 6 bells, Tenor 9-3-10, Grid Ref:SU050973

There is some parking up the side of the church lane. The ringing chamber entrance is inside the church on the south wall of the chancel. The bells sound OK, and go well having been rehung by Whites of Appleton in 1994 and retuned by Whitechapel.

  1. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1921, 4-1-0
  2. Llewellins & James, Bristol, 1911, 5-0-19
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1721, 5-2-25
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1721, 6-3-8
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1721, 7-3-5
  6. Bond of Burford 1910, 9-3-10 cwt in G

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973, A.M.Bull 1993,2003)

 

Standish, S Nicholas, 6 bells, Tenor 12-0-23, Grid Ref:SO801084

The founder of the second bell is James Wetmore, who it seems had a foundry in Frocester. The Churchwardens accounts state that in 1656 two bells (the 2nd and former 3rd) were cast by James Wetmore for Ł7-7-0 and they were 'fecht from froster'. The 2nd, 3rd and 5th at Bredon, Worcs., were cast in 1624 by W. Witmore, but there is nothing to suggest a link between the Witmore and Wetmore founders. The frame and fittings are by Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, and date from 1930. See under Gloucester Cathedral for more about John Pennington.

  1. Llewellins & James, Bristol, 1897, 3-3-27
  2. James Wetmore, Frocester, 1656, 5-0-7
  3. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1930, 6-3-11
  4. John Pennington I, Monmouth ?, 1651, 7-1-1
  5. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1748, 9-3-13
  6. Robert Hendley ?, Gloucester Foundry, 15th C, 12-0-23 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971)

 

Stanton, S Michael & All Angels, 6 bells, Tenor 9-1-16, Grid Ref:SP069344

The frame and fittings are by Bond of Burford. The ringing chamber is at ground floor level, and is cluttered with many other objects. The rope circle is anti-clockwise. Bells by Humphrey and James Keene in partnership are rare. James Keene started founding in Bedford in 1618, and moved to Woodstock in 1622. His father Humphrey sometimes helped him, hence both their names occur on the 2nd-5th. Richard Keene, son of James, took over founding and cast several bells, including the oldest surviving complete ring of six at Martley, Worcs, in 1673. The bells were rehung by A.C.Berry & Co in a new anticlockwise frame in 2006

  1. John Martin, Worcester, 1660, 3-3-8
  2. James and Humphrey Keene, Woodstock, 1640, 4-3-1
  3. James and Humphrey Keene, Woodstock, 1640, 5-0-10
  4. James and Humphrey Keene, Woodstock, 1640, 6-2-0
  5. James and Humphrey Keene, Woodstock, 1640, 7-2-20
  6. John Martin, Worcester, 1659, 9-1-16 in G (768Hz)

(Data:Sharpe 1968, Chris Povey 29/1/2006, Online Dove 21/2/08)

 

Stanway, S Peter, 5 bells, Tenor 11-0-2, Grid Ref:SP061323

This is a lovely village church in a splendid setting. There is a parking in the road past the church, and at the end of the path by the church gates. The tower entrance is around the back of the church, on the north side. The bells were rehung and restored in 2014-5 and augmented to 5. The second is probably by James Keene of Woodstock. The founder of the tenor is again not known, although it may be by John Martin, but this is six years earlier than his oldest known bell. The lettering is that used by John Martin of Worcester and John Finch of Hereford, but it bears the letters "I.F." or possibly "H.F." on the shield usually found on John Martin's bells with "I.M.".

  1. Whitechapel, 2014, 5-1-3
  2. James Keene?, Woodstock, 1625, 5-0-6
  3. Bond of Burford, 1904, 6-0-7
  4. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1826, 9-1-17
  5. unknown founder, 1638, 11-0-2 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, Dove online 14-11-2015)

 

Staunton, Tewkesbury, S James, 6 bells, Tenor 9-0-8, Grid Ref:SO782293, RINGING RESTRICTED

Some restoration work has been carried out on the tower in the last few years. The bells were not worked on, and have now been declared unringable because of corrosion to the frame caused by the leaking tower roof (which has been fixed). They were last rehung in 1893 by Taylors. On rare occasions, these bells are rung by an invited band.

  1. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1902, 4-0-5
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1695, 3-3-18
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1695, 4-0-12
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1893, 5-3-24
  5. C & G Mears, London, 1848, 7 cwt
  6. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1902, 9-0-8 in G

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972, C.J.Pickford 1993, Michael Williams 1995)

 

Staunton, Coleford, All Saints, 6 bells, Tenor 9-3-6, Grid Ref:SO551126

The bells are rung from the chancel crossing, and were rehung by Taylors in 1915.

  1. George Mears, London, 1863, 3-2-15
  2. George Mears, London, 1862, 4-2-3
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1915, 5-0-3
  4. George Mears, London, 1862, 5-1-10
  5. George Mears, London, 1862, 6-2-14
  6. George Mears, London, 1862, 9-3-6 in G

(Data:EMB 1980)

 

Stinchcombe, S Cyr, 6 bells, Tenor 9-3-20, Grid Ref:ST729988

These bells were rehung in 1971 and are on modern fittings in a two tier metal frame. They were also fitted with an electronic chiming apparatus which was installed at the same time. There was a national outcry when the parishioners suggested that the bells should be hung dead, and sounded electronically. In the end, the compromise was to have both systems. In the evening after the dedication service, the tower was struck by lightning, putting the electronics out of action! The ringing chamber is down a few steps at the back of the church. The bells sound very nice and go well.

  1. Whitechapel, 1971, 4-3-5
  2. John Warner, London, 1882, 4-2-13
  3. John Warner, London, 1882, 5-1-19
  4. Whitechapel, 1971, 6-0-24
  5. John Warner, London, 1884, 8-0-15
  6. John Warner, London, 1882, 9-3-20 in G

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1975)

 

Stoke Orchard, The Bellflowering, 6 bells, Tenor 0-0-10, Grid Ref:SO922283

This is another private ring. The bells were cast by Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch and were hung in Andrew Marchant's garage in Walton Cardiff, Tewkesbury. Following a move of house in December 2007 they were stored whilst their new “tower" was built. They now hang in the roof space of an octagonal summer house in the back garden and were successfully test rung over the Christmas period 2008 . They were originally hung as the back 6 of an 8 in Tewkesbury, since rehanging the rope circle has been closed up to a proper 6 bell circle.

  1. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 2005, 6lb 12oz in E (1310Hz)
  2. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 2005, 6lb 8oz in D (1172Hz)
  3. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 2005, 7lb 9oz in C (1042Hz)
  4. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 2005, 7lb 14oz in B (979Hz)
  5. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 2005, 7lb 6oz in A (876Hz)
  6. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 2005, 10lb 6oz in G (784Hz)

(Data:AM 2005+2009)

 

Stone, All Saints, 6 bells, Tenor 5.5 cwt, Grid Ref:ST684954

This is a slender tower, and the ringing chamber is very cramped. The fourth was recast by Thomas Rudhall using the same inscription as the previous bell, but he did not put a date on it. He was casting bells between 1761 and 1783. Rev Patrick Wooster has now found documentary evidence to prove that the 4th was cast in 1766.

  1. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1908, 2-3-14
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1721, 3 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1721, 3.25 cwt
  4. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, no date, 3.5 cwt, (1776 - see above)
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1721, 4 cwt
  6. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1721, 5.5 cwt in C sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, AMB 2003)

 

Stonehouse, S Cyr, 6 bells, Tenor 17.5 cwt, Grid Ref:SO800051

The founders of the treble, and the next three bells are not known. The style of lettering on the 2nd-4th does not resemble any lettering on any other bells of the same period. It has been suggested (by Christopher Dalton) that they might be by Roger Purdue I, or by an assistant of his. EMB does not record the weight of the 5th. The back four bells were put on ball bearings in 1923 by Taylors.

  1. no inscription, 17th C?, 5 cwt
  2. unknown founder, 1636, 6 cwt
  3. unknown founder, 1636, 7 cwt
  4. unknown founder, 1636, 10 cwt
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1923, 15-1-6
  6. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1763, 17.5 cwt in E flat

(Data:EMB 1980, A.M.Bull 1993, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Stow on the Wold, S Edward, 8 bells, Tenor 27-2-24, Grid Ref:SP191257

The town of Stow on the Wold is the highest settlement in the Cotswolds. There is plenty of parking in the main square. The tower entrance is through a small door in the south wall of the tower, and the steps are in the south west corner of the tower. The bells sound good but are somewhat oddstruck. The tenor is the 2nd heaviest surviving Rudhall bell, after a bell at Dublin, Trinity College which weighs 36-0-12 and was cast by Abel Rudhall in 1744. Henry Farmer, who cast the 3rd and 6th was based in Evesham, the location came to light from the churchwarden's accounts for Tewkesbury Abbey in about 1612. The bells were rehung by Taylors in 1954.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1897, 6-3-9
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1897, 7-1-22
  3. Henry Farmer, Evesham, 1620, 7-1-12
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1717, 9-1-8
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1883, 12-2-21
  6. Henry Farmer, Evesham, 1620, 14-3-2
  7. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1778, 17-3-12
  8. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1811, 27-2-24 in D

(Data:EMB 1980, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Stroud, S Lawrence, 10 bells, Tenor 20-1-20, Grid Ref:SO852053

The entrance to the ground floor ringing chamber is through the door in the west side of the tower. The two tier metal frame was installed by Taylors in 1898. The bells go well, and sound good. There is a record of an early peal rung in 1722 of 5040 Grandsire Triples.

  1. Thomas Mears, London, 1815, 5-2-11
  2. Thomas Mears, London, 1815, 5-3-11
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1720, 6-0-10
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1720, 6-0-11
  5. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1771, 7-1-1
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1713, 7-3-3
  7. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1771, 9-2-15
  8. Thomas Mears, London, 1815, 11-0-17
  9. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1721, 14-1-4
  10. Thomas Mears, London, 1815, 20-1-20 in E flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1974)

 

Swindon Village, S Lawrence, 6 bells, Tenor 10-1-4, Grid Ref:SO934248

The five largest bells were retuned by Taylors in 1985/6, and some new fittings were installed. The 3rd is by an itinerant founder Alexander Rigbe, and is cracked in the crown. This does not yet affect its tone, and during overhaul in the 1980s, nothing was done to either stop or mend the crack. It is the only remaining bell in the county by Alexander Rigbe.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1974, 4-2-8
  2. Barwell, Birmingham, 1905, 5-0-10
  3. Alexander Rigbe, 1679, 4-3-24
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1713, 6-2-20
  5. Bristol Foundry, 15th C, 7-0-9
  6. Thomas Hancox, Walsall, 1630, 10-1-4 in G

(Data:EMB 1981, Ringing World 18/7/1986)

 

Temple Guiting, S Mary, 5 bells, Tenor 11-3-17, Grid Ref:SP092279

The bells were rehung in 1971 by Taylors, and are an excellent ring of five. They go well even considering the long draught, and sound superb, although perhaps a little too loud inside the ringing chamber. There is some parking in the lane past the church, and access to the tower is through the main body of the church, through the door in the north wall, and up the stairs in the south east corner. Before 1870, there was a ring of five by Richard Keene of Woodstock.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1871, 5-2-11
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1870, 5-3-17
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1905, 6-3-27
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1870, 8-0-5
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1870, 11-3-17 in F sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1975)

 

Tetbury, S Mary, 8 bells, Tenor 16.75 cwt, Grid Ref:ST891929

There is plenty of parking in a car park over the road from the church. The tower entrance is in outside the church in the north eastern corner of the tower. The bells go well and sound quite nice, the back seven bells are maiden bells showing no signs of tuning. The clock is in the corner of the ringing chamber and makes quite a lot of noise every quarter of an hour, and also when the electric winding operates. At certain times of the day the automatic carillon also joins in. The clock wires are fixed to the ceiling, and some of the ropes (notably the 6th) occasionally hit them. The tower was rebuilt in 1891 and the bells were hung in a new frame. The last rehanging of the bells was carried out in 1965 in memory of Sir Winston Churchill.

  1. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1803, 4.5 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1722, 5.5 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1722, 6 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1722, 7 cwt
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1722, 8 cwt
  6. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1722, 9 cwt
  7. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1722, 13.75 cwt
  8. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1722, 16.75 cwt in E flat

(Data:EMB 1979)

 

Tewkesbury, S Mary the Virgin, 12 bells, Tenor 27-0-5, Grid Ref:SO889323

The Norman Abbey with its large central tower is one of the finest in the country. There are two car parks on the east side of the building. The tower entrance is up a set of outside steps in the north transept, and an intercom is used to remotely control the door. Once up the steps into the roof space of the transept, walk along the gangway, and turn left. There are several more steps up to the ringing chamber level which is through the first door. The bells are hung in one corner of the tower, and the ringing chamber is partitioned off from the rest of the tower. The bells all go very well, and sound very nice. There are toilets and a refectory in the Abbey Visitors' centre. The weights for 1,2,4 and 12 are taken from Taylor's job-book by Andrew Bull.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1962, 4-2-22
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1962, 4-3-8
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1962, 5-1-8
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1962, 5-1-13
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1962, 5-3-4
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1962, 6-2-6
  7. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1962, 7-0-14
  8. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1962, 8-0-27
  9. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1962, 11-2-3
  10. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1962, 13-3-20
  11. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1962, 18-3-10
  12. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1962, 27-0-5 in D

Semitone bell:

Flat Sixth : John Taylor, Loughborough, 1991, 6-3-6

See this page for more on Tewkesbury Abbey Bells.

(Data:DPB 1993-7, Andrew Bull 27/1/2004)

 

Tewkesbury, The Shed, 10 bells, Tenor 0-0-16, Grid Ref:SO906330

This is a private ring of 10 bells in my garden shed! The bells were cast by Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, and tuned and hung by myself. These bells were originally hung in my parent's garage in Malvern Wells as a six, augmented to 8 by adding a tenor, a treble, and retuning the old 4th bell. The poor sounding 3rd bell was also replaced at this time. On moving the bells to their present location, two trebles were added.

  1. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 1996, 0-0-4
  2. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 1996, 0-0-4
  3. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 1994, 0-0-8
  4. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 1993, 0-0-8
  5. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 1993, 0-0-7
  6. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 1994, 0-0-9
  7. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 1993, 0-0-9
  8. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 1993, 0-0-11
  9. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 1993, 0-0-13
  10. Matthew Higby and Richard Bowditch, 1994, 0-0-16 in F# (730Hz)

(Data:DPB 2000)

 

The Leigh, S Catherine, 6 bells, Tenor 17.5 cwt, Grid Ref:SO866258

There is parking on the grass verge outside the church. The ringing chamber is at ground floor level. The bells go reasonably well, but some (especially the 4th) are very oddstruck,. Two other bells by Henry Farmer are to be found at Stow on the Wold. See under Gloucester Cathedral for more about John Pennington. The wooden frame and fittings date from 1888.

  1. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1908, 6-1-9
  2. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1888, 7-0-10
  3. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1888, 8-3-9
  4. Henry Farmer, Evesham, 1619, 10.75 cwt
  5. John Pennington, Monmouth?, 1628, 11.5 cwt
  6. Henry Farmer, Evesham, 1619, 17.5 cwt in E

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, C.J.Pickford 1993, DPB 12/6/93, MPT 01/11/09)

 

Tibberton, Holy Trinity, 5 bells, Tenor 7-2-16, Grid Ref:SO757219

These bells have recently been augmented from two to five bells with three bells supplied via the Keltek Trust, the third (originally cast for Holy Trinity Dublin but not used there) being supplied in 2000, and the front two in 2004. The bells were hung by Arthur Berry. The back 3 bells are hung in a metal frame for 3 bells installed in 1908 by Taylors who recast the tenor and retuned the present 4th bell.

  1. Carr of Smethwick, (undated), (Ex Hull area), 3-2-18, 26" dia
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1867, (Ex Prestatyn, Holy Spirit), 4-0-18, 28.5" dia
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 2000, 4-2-26, 28" dia
  4. John Pennington, 1631, 5.5 cwt, 5-0-14, 31.25" dia
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1908, 7-2-16, 35.25" dia

(Data:David Kelly 24/12/2004, Andrew Bull 24/1/2005)

 

Tidenham, S Peter, 6 bells, Tenor 9-2-9, Grid Ref:ST556958

William Jefferies was making bells in the Redcliffe area of Bristol from c1829. He was joined by Price in 1832, and they sold their foundry in 1856. The fourth was cast in the year that Thomas Rudhall was succeeded by Charles and John, and may be by either of them. The frame is from 1896, and all the bells swing the same direction.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1896, 4-1-9
  2. Jefferies and Price, Bristol, 1854, 4-0-24
  3. Jefferies and Price, Bristol, 1854, 4-2-10
  4. Rudhall, Gloucester, 1783, 5-3-20
  5. William Evans, Chepstow, 1763, 6-2-10
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1896, 9-2-9 in G

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1971, A.M.Bull 1993)

 

Tirley, S Michael, 6 bells, Tenor 10-0-21, Grid Ref:SO840286

There is plenty of parking on the wide verge outside the church. The ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the back of the church. All the bells swing the same way in a metal 'H' frame by Taylors in 1893. They sound nice, and go very well. These were probably a complete ring by Charles and John Rudhall, and John had to recast some of them soon afterwards. This procedure was not uncommon at the Rudhall foundry. The church is inaccessible when the river Severn is in flood.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1892, 5-1-16
  2. Charles & John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1785, 5-3-14
  3. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1787, 6-2-11
  4. Charles & John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1785, 6-2-4
  5. Charles & John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1785, 8-2-21
  6. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1787, 10-0-21 in F sharp

(Data:EMB 1980, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Toddington, S Andrew, 6 bells, Tenor 6.5 cwt, Grid Ref:SP035331

There is a church car park outside the church hall, which looks smaller that it actually is! The tower entrance is in the west wall of the tower, and the staircase is wide to start with, getting slightly smaller at the top, with a strange shaped final twist. The outside of the church is fairly ordinary, but the inside is excellent, and the organ is one of the finest in the area. The bells go OK, and are quite loud and harsh, since the frame is part of the ringing chamber ceiling. It is possible to see the ceiling move while the bells are ringing!

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1909, 2-3-2
  2. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1773, 3.5 cwt
  3. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1773, 3.75 cwt
  4. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1773, 4.25 cwt
  5. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1773, 4.75 cwt
  6. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1773, 6.5 cwt in B

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973, A.M.Bull 1993)

 

Todenham, S Thomas of Canterbury, 6 bells, Tenor 12-2-10, Grid Ref:SP243363

There are a complete ring by Abraham Rudhall I, the only others in the county being the ring at Willersey. They were rehung by Taylors in 1987. The ringing chamber is at ground floor level, and the bells go quite well. There is plenty of parking on the side of the road past the church.

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1713, 4-3-20
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1713, 5-3-21
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1713, 6-2-22
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1713, 7-0-16
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1713, 9-1-22
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1713, 12-2-10

(Data:EMB 1979, Garry Barr, 1993, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Tredington, S John the Baptist, 6 bells, Tenor 7-2-7, Grid Ref:SO905295

There is room to park cars in the road past the church, and the tower is almost entirely built out of wood. The ground floor ringing chamber is at the back of the church. There is a large fossilised fish dinosaur in the church porch, and it is just possible to make it out on the east side of the floor. The bells go well, but are a little flighty, especially the trebles. The 2nd was welded by Soundweld Ltd in 1981, and actually appears on their advertising literature, taken from Metal Construction Magazine, 1983. The inscription of this bell is interesting in that it reads 'ABRA RVDHALL IVNIOR 1700'. This could only refer to Abraham Rudhall II who was about 20 years old at this time, and is the earliest bell to bear his name. He took over the foundry when his father retired in 1718, but actually died shortly before Abraham Rudhall I in 1736. The treble is a second hand bell from Bishopstoke, Hants, and was hung in October 1997.

  1. John Warner, London, 1910, 3-0-27
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1700, 3.5 cwt (see text)
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1700, 4 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1700, 5 cwt
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1700, 5.5 cwt
  6. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1883, 7-2-7 in B flat

(Data:EMB 1974)

 

Twyning, S Mary Magdalene, 6 bells, Tenor 9-3-16, Grid Ref:SO894361

There is a small amount of parking in the area outside the church path, and the ringing chamber entrance is up the steps on the far (southern) side of the tower. The bells are a complete ring by Abraham Rudhall II from 1723. The frame mainly dates from the 15th C, and it has been heavily modified over the years by Rudhall's bellhangers, Bond of Burford, and Whitechapel. A much better example of an old mediaeval frame is found locally at Little Malvern Priory, Worcs. The bells were removed from the tower for rehanging with new fittings by Taylors on 11/2/95. A new separate two bell metal frame has been installed, leaving the old four bell frame intact as a working bell frame.

  1. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1723, 5-0-22
  2. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1723, 5-1-4
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1723, 6-0-22
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1723, 6-2-2
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1723, 7-1-12
  6. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1723, 9-3-16 in F sharp

(Data:Sharpe 1973, Chris Pickford 16/6/95)

 

Upper Slaughter, S Peter, 5 bells, Tenor 13-0-14 SP155232

There is usually plenty of parking in the 'square' in the middle of the village, and the church path leads up to the building from the north western corner of this cap park. The ringing chamber is at ground floor level, behind the screen at the back of the church. The bells go quite well, and are hung on ball bearings. The fourth appears to be from the Bristol foundry, but its well moulded Latin inscription is not typical of the 15th C bells cast in Bristol. The second is one of a few "Royal Heads" bells in the county. The frame was originally for three bells, and was extended for five bells, possibly at two different dates, since the styles of frame used to create two extra pits are not the same.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1897, 4-3-16
  2. Worcester Foundry, c1410-1430, 3-3-23
  3. John Warner, London, 1867, 6-0-12
  4. Bristol Foundry?, 15th C, 8-2-12
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1897, 13-0-14 in G sharp

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Upton St Leonards, S Leonard, 8 bells, Tenor 15-3-10, Grid Ref:SO862149

There is plenty of parking in the roads surrounding the church. The bells go well, and sound good from inside the ringing chamber, but while sitting down on the seat in the west window, they sound rather weird! They were rehung in 1976 by Taylors in a new 'H' pattern frame.

  1. John Warner, London, 1872, 4-2-22
  2. John Warner, London, 1872, 5-0-4
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1728, 6-2-4
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1728, 7-0-20
  5. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1728, 8-3-3
  6. Barwell, Birmingham, 1890, 11-3-9
  7. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1728, 11-3-9
  8. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1728, 15-3-10 in E

(Data:EMB 1981)

 

Watermoor (Cirencester), Holy Trinity, 8 bells, Tenor 19-2-22, Grid Ref:SP027013

There is some parking in the road past the church, and the ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the main church doors. The bells go OK, and sound very nice indeed, especially outside in the churchyard. The two trebles are on metal headstocks, but the rest are hung on elm ones.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1901, 4-3-0
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1901, 5-0-8
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1889, 5-3-0
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1889, 7-1-12
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1889, 9-0-21
  6. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1889, 10-1-26
  7. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1889, 14-1-23
  8. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1889, 19-2-22 in F

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1974, C.J.Pickford 1993)

 

Westbury on Severn, SS Peter & Paul, 6 bells, Tenor 20-0-7, Grid Ref:SO717138

There is some parking in the lane up to the church on the opposite side to the pub. The tower is a huge detached tower, and the door to the ground floor ringing chamber are in the east wall. The bells sound rather nice, and go OK for a heavy old style six. They are the heaviest ring of six in the county. They were rehung in 1866 by Mears & Stainbank of London and again in 2012 by Whites of Appleton.

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1711, 6-1-19
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1711, 7-2-11
  3. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1866, 8-1-11
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1711, 9-3-15
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1711, 15-1-10
  6. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1825, 20-0-7 in Eb

(Data:Sharpe 1970, A.M.Bull 1993, Dove online 19/1/15)

 

Whitminster, S Andrew, 6 bells, Tenor 15-0-5, Grid Ref:SO761091

The church drive (entrance at SO762090) leads across the field to the church, and there is an ample amount of parking. The ringing chamber entrance is inside the church in the north wall of the tower. The two tier timber frame frame and fittings are by Gillett & Johnson of Croydon, 1889. The exact founder of the 5th is not known. The bells are not easy to ring well, being very oddstruck, but they sound rather sonorous.

  1. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1888, 5-2-23
  2. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1888, 6-1-17
  3. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1722, 6.5 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall II, Gloucester, 1722, 7.75 cwt
  5. Nathaniel Bolter or Roger Purdue, 1634, 10 cwt
  6. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon, 1924, 15-0-5 in F

(Data:C.J.Pickford 1993, AMB/CJP 2003)

 

Willersey, S Peter, 6 bells, Tenor 12 cwt, Grid Ref:SP107397

These are the only complete maiden (untuned) ring by Abraham Rudhall I in the county. The metal frame and the modern style fittings are by Mears & Stainbank of London, and date from 1936. The bells were not tuned or weighed at this time. They go well and sound nice. The ringing chamber entrance is outside in the south east corner of the tower up some (slippy) outside steps.

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1712, 4.75 cwt
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1712, 5.25 cwt
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1712, 5.75 cwt
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1712, 6.75 cwt
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1712, 8.25 cwt
  6. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1712, 12 cwt in G

(Data:EMB 1979)

 

Winchcombe, S Peter, 8 bells, Tenor 11-2-11, Grid Ref:SP023283

There is some parking in the road past the church, and the tower entrance is from inside the church in the north east corner of the tower, behind a curtain. There is a toilet underneath the ringing chamber. There is a large partition with diamond shaped windows in the ringing chamber. The bells sound very nice, and go well, but the rope draft is perhaps a little long for comfort. In the church there is an old 'cello, and the east window depicts a large ship. They were completely retuned and rehung in 1967 by John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough. In June 1997, two trebles were added to complete the octave.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1997, 4-0-2
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1997, 4-0-4
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1967, 4-3-11
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1693, 4-3-19
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1693, 5-2-22
  6. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1776, 6-3-4
  7. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1776, 8-0-5
  8. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1759, 11-2-11 in F sharp

(Data:EMB 1979)

 

Windrush, S Peter, 6 bells, Tenor 7-1-13, Grid Ref:SP194131

These are a nice six which hang in a new anticlockwise(!) frame by Whites of Appleton. The ringing chamber is at ground floor level at the back of the church. There is plenty of parking in the lanes outside the church.

  1. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1707, 3-3-14
  2. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1707, 4-1-24
  3. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1707, 4-2-19
  4. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1707, 5-2-7
  5. Abraham Rudhall I, Gloucester, 1707, 5-2-27
  6. John Warner, London, 1863, 7-1-13 in A flat, anticlockwise

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1974, DPB 7/7/2001)

 

Winstone, S Bartholomew, 6 bells, Tenor 10-0-3, Grid Ref:SO966093

Prior to 1979, there were three bells here. In 1979, a rather unusual type of rehanging took place. The old 2nd was removed, and was used to replace a poor sounding Blews bell at Deerhurst. The old mediaeval frame was carefully removed, and was re-erected in the redundant church at Charfield, Glos. The present 4th and 6th were the treble and 3rd of the old ring. Four bells taken from another redundant church, this time that of S.John, Northgate, Gloucester, were retuned, and hung in a new frame for six, made by the Whitechapel foundry. The fourth is one of several bells in the area to be attributed to John of Gloucester who appears in the Gloucester Corporation records of 1346. There is evidence that he also cast four blank bells in the west tower of Ely Cathedral in 1354, following recent research by Chris Pickford. The four Ely bells are very slightly different to most of the bells so far attributed to John of Gloucester, but one at Little Malvern Priory bears a much closer resemblance.The 4th here appears to be in the later group, so is probably not by John of Gloucester.

  1. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1776, 4-1-23
  2. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1776, 4-2-26
  3. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1776, 4-2-26
  4. Medieval Gloucester foundry, c1360, 6-1-3
  5. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1776, 6-1-4
  6. Worcester foundry, c1410, 10-0-3 in A flat

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1969)

 

Withington, S Michael, 6 bells, Tenor 11-0-24, Grid Ref:SP032157

There is a little parking by the church gate. The tower entrance is behind the church, and up a wooden spiral staircase. The bells go very well and sound very good, having been restored in 1981 by Whites of Appleton with new a wooden frame and canon retaining headstocks. There is a good pub on the corner of the lane 200 yards below the church.

  1. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1738, 5-2-0
  2. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1738, 5-1-7
  3. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1738, 6-1-26
  4. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1738, 5-0-26
  5. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1747, 8-0-8
  6. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1738, 11-0-24 in F

(Data:CJP 6/2/2005)

 

Woodchester, S Mary, 6 bells, Tenor 9-3-23, Grid Ref:SO840026

These were restored and rehung in 1956 by Mears & Stainbank. The frame is a two tier metal one, and the bells are hung on ball bearings. The treble was cast by Abel Rudhall in 1759, but the date has been erased, and 1761 incised on the shoulder above the inscription band. Abel died in 1760, so it is strange that there is a two year gap between the casting and when it was donated and hung in 1761. It is not unknown for unsuitable inscription texts to be erased (Eg Bromsberrow), but here only the date has been removed.

  1. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1759, 4-3-13
  2. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1956, 4-3-18
  3. Mears & Stainbank, London, 1956, 5-2-6
  4. John Rudhall, Gloucester, 1793, 6-0-8
  5. Bristol Foundry, 15th C, 7-2-4
  6. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1738, 9-3-23 in G

(Data:EMB 1980)

 

Woolaston, S Andrew, 5 bells, Tenor 7 cwt, Grid Ref:ST587994, UNRINGABLE

These bells have not been rung in living memory, and are now completely derelict. See under Gloucester Cathedral for more about John Pennington.

  1. Evan Evans, Chepstow, 1696, 3.5 cwt (broken)
  2. Robert Hendley, Gloucester, c1450, 3.75 cwt
  3. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1774, 5 cwt
  4. John Pennington, Monmouth ?, 1633, 5.75 cwt
  5. Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1775, 7 cwt in A (broken)

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1972)

 

Woolstone, S Martin of Tours, 6 bells, Tenor 4-3-8, Grid Ref:SO961303

There is some parking in the lane past the church, and the church entrance is on the south side of the chancel. The ringing chamber is ground floor. This tower leans alarmingly, but is in no danger of collapse. It is actually 15 inches out of vertical at the top, and none of the ropes appear to fall straight downwards! The church guide describes the tower as Perpendicular, but it is referring to the style of architecture. The ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the church. The bells go very well, but the trebles are rather light and flighty. Prior to 1974, there was a derelict ring of 3 bells, of which the two smallest were cracked and broken. In 1974, these two bells were recast, and three trebles added to form a new ring of 6. They were hung in a new frame and fittings by John Taylor of Loughborough. The inscription bands of two smallest bells of the old ring are displayed in the ringing chamber. There is another bell by Tobie Norris at Churchdown, but bells by him so far away from Stamford are quite unusual.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1974, 1-3-13
  2. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1974, 2-0-25
  3. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1974, 2-1-24
  4. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1974, 2-3-7
  5. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1974, 3-3-16
  6. Tobie Norris, Stamford, 1678, 4-3-8 in D

(Data:EMB+Sharpe 1973, 1980)

 

Wotton under Edge, S Mary the Virgin, 8 bells, Tenor 18-2-0, Grid Ref:ST760935

There is a small amount of parking in the churchyard, but only enough for a couple of cars. The bells go well, and sound OK. They were rehung in 1902 by Taylors in a cast iron 'H' pattern frame, and in 1960, they also mounted them on ball bearings.

  1. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1902, 6-2-7
  2. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1756, 6-0-12
  3. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1756, 6-3-0
  4. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1756, 7-1-15
  5. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1756, 8-3-24
  6. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1756, 9-1-3
  7. Abel Rudhall, Gloucester, 1756, 12-2-2
  8. John Taylor, Loughborough, 1902, 18-2-0 cwt in E

(Data:EMB 1980)

 

Wyck Rissington, S Lawrence, 4 bells, Tenor 6-3-16, Grid Ref:SP192215

There is plenty of parking in the lane past the church, and the ground floor ringing chamber is reached through the back of the church. The bells are rather odd-struck, and need pulling somewhat, but are fairly pleasant to listen to. A couple of the ropes fall rather close to the tower walls.

  1. Bond of Burford 1888, 3.5 cwt
  2. Thomas Mears, London, 1844, 4-3-17
  3. Thomas Mears, London, 1844, 5-3-10
  4. Thomas Mears, London, 1844, 6-3-16

(Data:EMB 1980)

 

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