Cathedral Church of St.Michael
Bayley near St.Mary Street
Coventry, West Midlands (Warwickshire),
OS Ref. SP 336 790
LL: N 52.40791, W 1.50803
Site locator map
City locator maps
and gazetteer page (County is wrong; other data are correct.)
Coventry Cathedral Office
1 Hill Top
Coventry CV1 5AB
T: 024/7652 1200 F: 024/7652 1220
Recast from a ring of 10 (rehung for
chiming in 1885), to ringing scale;
hung dead for 60 years; rehung 1987 for
ringing, much lower in the tower.
Added semitones are flat 6th (ringing)
& sharp 9th (fixed), both relative to
ringing scale of 12 (chiming scale:
sharp 4th & flat 7th).
Traditional chime (baton keyboard) of 14 bells
Pitch of heaviest bell is C# in the middle octave
Transposition is unknown
Keyboard range: ---- / ----
There are two added semitones
The whole instrument was installed in 1927
with bells made by Gillett & Johnston
Auxiliary mechanisms: R13
Tower details not available
Year of latest technical information source is 2007
The Cathedral page
on the Diocesan Website has a picture of St.Michael's porch with the tower in the background
(click for larger version).
The new Cathedral Website has a
photograph of part of the tower (fourth tallest in England) on the General Information
page (under Visitor Information).
The tower is open to visitors in the summer months; but the bells are not mentioned.
The page "Tell Us Your Story" has a photograph of the entire tower,
and also shows the ruins prior to the construction of the new cathedral.
A large aerial photo of the old and new buildings can be seen
Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" was commissioned for the dedication
of the new Coventry Cathedral, after the old cathedral was burnt out in World War II
(only the walls and tower survived).
For those who want to learn more about the history and about the buildings,
there is a fine multi-page illustrated article which begins
of the stabilised ruins of the old cathedral
Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Gillett & Johnston bellfoundry,
in this region
and in the world.