ASTON ROWANT

t Peter and St Paul Aston Rowant

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St Peter and St Paul

Contact details

Mrs Wendy Hawkins

1 Hillwerke

Chinnor

Oxon OX39 4TX

Tel 01844 351301

Sunday 9.25 am

Practise Tuesday 7.30 pm

The treble, second and third bells have cast iron headstocks whereas the fourth, fifth and tenor have canons retained wooden headstocks

 Saunce  1-0-0

T Chapman & J Orpwood Churchwardens 1835

Bell

Date

Founder

Note

Weight

Cwt Qtr  Lbs

Inscription

Tenor

1625

Ellis Knight I Reading

F #

12-3-20

Prayes ye the Lord

5th

1873

Cast by John Warner & Sons, formerly cast by Edward Hemins Bicester

G #

9-3-3

 

4th

c 1450

Roger Landen Wokingham

A #

7-2-9

O hannis OrA PRO TONIS

3rd

1625

Ellis Knight I Reading

B

6-1-0

Our hope is in the Lord

2nd

1625

Ellis Knight I Reading

C #

5-0-25

 

Treble

1972

Whitechapel 1975

D #

4-3-10

To the glory of God The gift of Alan Roy Pink in memory of his wife Elsie May who died 20th January 1972

 

BENSON

St. Helen Benson

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Benson Church Clock

Benson church clock has two elevens as the nine was painted upside down in error and appears as XI.

During the second world war Lord Haw Haw, the traitorous broadcaster from Nazi Germany, promised to bomb an airfield near the village where the church has two XIs on the clock face.

St. Helen Benson

Practice: Wednesday 7.30 - 9.00pm

Sunday ringing: 9.20 - 9.55am

Toilets in church

E-Mail:

45 St. Helens Avenue.

Benson, Wallingford.

Oxon OX10 6RU

Tel: 01491 838777

Bell

Date

Founder 

Note

Weight

Tenor

1781

Thomas Janaway

F#

14-1-22

7th

1781

Thomas Janaway

G#

10-0-16

6th

1781

Thomas Janaway

A#

8-1-12

5th

1781

Thomas Janaway

B

7-2-02

4th

1781

Thomas Janaway

C#

6-2-12

3rd

1922

Mears & Stainbank

D#

5-2-23

2nd

1852

C & G Mears

E#

5-0-07

Treble

1781

Thomas Janaway

F#

5-1-02

The present tower was completed in 1781 and in the same year eight bells were cast by Thomas Janaway of Chelsea and hung anti-clockwise in an oak frame. The 2nd and 3rd were subsequently recast in 1852 and 1922 respectively. In 2009 the bells were rehung clockwise in a cast iron frame by Whites of Appleton.

The Re-dedication of the bells by the Bishop of Dorchester on 22nd November 2009.

The inscriptions on the bells

Tenor The Revd William Judgson A.M: Vicar The Revd John Lewis A.M: Curate Thos Coles: Church Warden Henry Newbery Unto the living I do call And to the grave I summons all Thomas Janaway made us all 1781

7th Thos Janaway of Chelsea fecit 1781 John Grantham Gent

6th Thos Janaway of Chelsea fecit 1781 The Ringers Art our gratefull notes prolong Apollo listens and approves the song On the headstock: This bell was rehung in 2009 sponsored by The Bensington Society

5th Thomas Janaway of Chelsea fecit 1781 On the headstock: This bell was rehung in 2009 sponsored by John Aldridge and family who have resided in Benson since 1861

4th Thomas Janaway of Chelsea fecit 1781 When from the earth our notes rebound The hills and valleys echo round On the headstock: This bell was rehung in 2009 sponsored by Benson Parish Council on behalf of the people of Benson

3rd Mears & Stainbank London Cast 1781 Recast 1922 J.E Field: Vicar

2nd C & G Mears Founders London 1852

Treble Musica est Mentis Medicina Thomas Janaway fecit 1781 On the headstock: This bell was rehung in 2009 in memory of Margaret Ann Keable

 

BERRICK SALOME

St. Helen Berrick Salome

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St. Helen Berrick Salome

Contact : Tower captain Wendy Simon, Shambles, Berrick Salome, OX10 6JN.

Tel : 01865 891304

No regular practice.

Sunday ringing 1030-1100.

Six bells

Pretty Oxfordshire church, pleasant location. Best times to visit Spring through to Autumn Local pub for lunch. No toilet facilities

Bell

Weight

Note

Diameter

Cast

Founder

Treble

2cwt

G

21.81 "

1836

W & J Taylor

2

2½cwt

F

23.88 "

1621

Henry Knight I

3

3¼cwt

Eb

25.63 "

1692

Alexander Rigby

4

4cwt

D

27.06 "

1621

Henry Knight I

5

5cwt

C

30.25 "

1692

Alexander Rigby

Tenor

7cwt

Bb

33.75 "

1692

Alexander Rigby

 

BRIGHTWELL BALDWIN

St Bartholomew Brightwell Baldwin

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St Bartholomew Brightwell Baldwin

 

Contact:  Olive Lawrence, 01491 612206

In 2001  work was carried out by Whites of Appleton on the front four bells of the ring of six. They where re-tuned, leaving the 5th and "listed" tenor bells uncut, and were rehung in the restored wrought-iron double-bar bell frame with new ringing fittings.  The pitch of the tenor is B flat, minus 42/100 of a semitone.

The bells were re-dedicated on Sunday, 29th July 2001.

Currently the bells are rung regularly for services twice a month - on the third  Sunday for a 10 o'clock Family Service, and on the fourth Sunday for 6  o'clock Evening Prayer.  In addition to this, they are rung for the  Festivals and other special services. 

Practices are held fortnightly on a Saturday morning according to people's availability.

Bell

Diameter

Date

Founder

Note

Weight

Cwts Qrs Lbs

Tenor

2' 11"

15th Century

John Saunders

B flat

8  2  18

5th

2’  9"

1637

Ellis Knight 1

C

7  0  24

4th

2' 6½"

1911

Mears & Stainbank

D

5  0  18

3rd

2' 5¾"

1911

Mears & Stainbank

E flat

4  3  12

2nd

2' 3½"

1911

Mears & Stainbank

F

4  0  10

Treble

2' 1 11/16"

-1911

Mears & Stainbank

G

3  2  25

 

CHALGROVE

St. Mary’s Chalgrove

St. Mary’s Chalgrove.

Contact:

Brian Gray  (Tower Captain)   01865 890339.

116 High Street

Chalgrove

Oxford OX44 7ST

Practise night - Wednesday 7.30 - 9pm everybody will be welcome. We ring every Sunday for services starting at 9.00am Also for Weddings etc. or for any other occasions.

St. Mary’s Chalgrove Bell Refurbishment and Re-hanging 2010

The re‐dedication service by the Bishop of Dorchester Sunday the 23rd January 2011

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Tree of Jesse St. Mary's Chalgrove

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Bell

Note

Date

Founder

Inscription

Tenor

E

1729

Abraham Rudhall 11

I to the Church the living call and to the grave do summon all

5th

F#

1729

Abraham Rudhall 11

Robert Hall & William Gray Churchwardens

4th

G#

1664

Henry Knight11

Fear the Lord

3rd

A

1664

Henry Knight11

Hope in God

2nd

B

1664

Henry Knight11

Praise to the Lord

Treble

C#

1888

H Bond & Son

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

 

CHINNOR

St Andrews Chinnor

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St. Andrews Chinnor

A 6 Bell upper floor ring. Treble and second re-cast, ring of six re-tuned and re-hung in 1969 complete with new fittings by John Taylor and Co. Loughborough.

Re-dedicated by the Bishop of Reading on the 23rd November 1969

Practice: Friday 7.45 - 9.00pm

Sunday ringing usually 9.30am for 10am service.

 E-mail:

Chinnor Keen family

Bell

Date

Founder

Note

Weight

Cwt Qtr  Lbs

Diameter

Tenor

1586

W. Knight II

G

10  0  20

3’ 4½”

5th

1620

H. Knight

A

8  2  0

3’ 0⅜”

4th

1663

H. Knight

B

6  2  24

2’  9⅛”

3rd

1635

H. Knight

C

5  2  27

2’ 7⅛”

2nd

1969

Recast Taylor

D

5  0  02

2’ 4½”

Treble

1969

Recast Taylor

E

4  0  10

2’ 2⅜”

 

DORCHESTER

Abbey Church of SS Peter & Paul Dorchester

Abbey Church of

SS Peter & Paul

Tower Captain: David Parker

Tel: 01865 340402

Tower Secretary: E-Mail:

Tel: 01865 340925

 Abbey Church, Dorchester, Oxon,

8 Bells, Tenor E flat.

Sunday services 9.45 - 10.15am

(not 5th Sunday)

3rd Sunday Evensong 5.30 - 6.00pm

Practice:  Tuesday 7.30 – 9.00pm

For more comprehensive information about the bells click here

Visiting ringers are welcome. If you are interested in learning to ring, it is advisable to telephone the tower captain or secretary first.

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Bell

Date

Founder

Weight

Cwt Qtr  Lbs

Inscription

Tenor

1380

Wokingham

16 - 2 -11

PROTEGE BIRINE QUOS CONVOCO TU SINE FINE RAF RASTWOLD

7th

1375

Exeter

13 - 0 - 0

PETRE: TUIS: APERI: DA: PAULE: TUIS: MISERI

6th

1591

Henry Knight 1

10 - 1 -15

VIRGINIS EGREGIE DICAR CAMPANA MARIA

5th

1606

Henry Knight 1

7 - 12 - 0

SANCTA TOMA ORA PRO NOBIS

4th

1603

Henry Knight 1

5 - 2 - 4

HENRI KNIGHT MADE ME

3rd

1651

Ellis Knight 1, Francis Knight and Henry Knight11

6 - 15 - 0

LOVE GOD

2nd

1867

Mears and Stainbank

4 - 3 - 5

IN HONOREM S.S. TRINITATIS D.D. DORCENSI ECCLESIAE. I.A.MACFARLANE

Treble

1867

Mears and Stainbank

4 - 1 - 22

IN HONOREM S.S. TRINITATIS D.D. DORCENSI ECCLESIAE INCOLAE

 

DRAYTON ST LEONARD

St. Leonard and Catherine Drayton St. Leonard

St. Leonard and Catherine Drayton St. Leonard

Tower Contact: Mrs Hilarie Rogers,

4 High Street, Drayton St Leonard, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 7BA

Tel: 01865 890163.

E-Mail:

Drayton St Leonard has 10 ringers and learners, of a variety of ages. We practice on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, and ring for services each Sunday.

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More about Drayton St.Leonard Church

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Bell

 

Cwt qtr lbs

Treble

Domine labia nostra aperias/Ex Dono Joannis C Willoughby Barronetti./M et S/ MDCCCLXXXIV (God, you open our lips)

The gift of the Emmett family. Recast 2016 Whitechapel

2  3  1

2

Os nostrum annuntiabit laudem tuam / Ex Dono Abraham Deane. / M et S/ MDCCCLXXXIV (Our mouths will sing your praises)

The gift of the Hayter family. Recast 2016 Whitechapel

2  3  27

3

Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine / In memoriam Henrici Betteridge /Vidua et liberi moerentes / M et S/ MDCCCLXXXIV (God, make your people safe / In memory of Henry Betteridge/ From his grieving widow and children)

The gift of Christopher and Hilarie Rogers. Recast 2016 Whitechapel

3  1  14

4

Our hope is in the Lorde 1625/ Recast M and S.  MDCCCLXXXIV

Our village gave me voice. Recast 2016 Whitechapel

3  2  25

5

Benedic hereditati tuae / Henri Knight made me 1603 / Recast M and S.  MDCCCLXXXIV (Bless your inheritance)

The gift of the Richards family. Recast 2016 Whitechapel

4  1  19

Tenor

Sancta Katerina Ora Pro Nobis / Recast Mears and Stainbank. A.D.  MDCCCLXXXIV/ Arthur J. Williams Rector. / Henry D. Betteridge, / Richard D. Buswell. (Saint Catherine, pray for us)

The gift of David and Catherine Lane. Recast 2016 Whitechapel

6  0  19

History of Drayton St Leonard Bells

Drayton St Leonard bells have rung out across the village and fields for over 500 years; Sunday by Sunday for services, and also for weddings and special occasions.

The earliest mention of bells was in 1552 when there were “3 belles yn the steple” . The oldest bell still bears the date 1470, and was cast by William Chaimberlain of the London foundry, and was probably hung in the church at that date. It was the heaviest of the three, weighing just over 7cwt. It is not known when the other two in existence in 1552 were cast. It is likely that the church continued with three bells up to 1884, although two of these early bells must have been either replaced or re-cast in the seventeenth century, as they bear the dates 1625 and 1603, and were cast by Ellis Knight I and Henry Knight I respectively.

By 1884 all three were reportedly cracked, and were sent away to the Mears and Stainbank Church Bell Foundry in Whitechapel where they were recast to provide three new bells. At the same time, three new, lighter bells were cast.  An oak frame to hold this new ring of six was made - it was slightly larger than the internal size of the tower and therefore had to rest on the west wall of the church.

The tower is unusual being a largely independent timber structure within the west end of the church. All towers move when bells are rung – however the movement here was not ideal because the total weight of the six bells was rather more than the structure was comfortably able to withstand.

Over the next 130 years, the consequent movement of the tower made the bells challenging to ring, a problem which was exacerbated in the summer months due to shrinkage of the timber, and various attempts were made to stiffen the structure. Latterly we were only able to ring 5 of our 6 bells in the summer. In addition to this, the bell fittings were reaching the end of their life and needed replacing.

In 2013 a Structural Engineer’s Report came up with some recommendations to stiffen the tower.  Whitechapel Bell Foundry drew up a specification to remove the existing bells from the tower and re-cast them to a lighter, more tuneful ring of 6, and re-hang them on new fittings with a new rope guide.  Amazingly, they had in their store the original stamps that were used for the inscriptions all those years ago, and were able to use them on the new bells!

The old bells were rung for the last time on Easter Sunday 2016; the new bells were cast on 22nd April 2016; and were hung in the tower at the beginning of July, ringing out for the first time on 12th July.

 

EWELME

St. Mary the Virgin Ewelme

St. Mary the Virgin, Ewelme

A ground floor ring of six bells, Tenor in E flat.

The bells were rehung in 1950 by John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough.

Sunday  10.30-11.00    Occasionally

Practice Monday 7.00-8.00  Not every week

Contact: Kay Tuckwell   01491 824649

7 Martyn’s Way

Ewelme

Oxon OX10 6HY

Almshouse Ewelme

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Popular with visitors and for weddings, the church and neighbouring almshouses and school (both also still in use) were built in the 1430’s on the instruction of Alice Chaucer, Duchess of Suffolk.

The bells are a mix of founders and ages which blend together very well. Visiting ringers are welcome, but note that requests to ring peals are not normally approved by the Rector due to the proximity of the almshouses.

At the opposite end of the village, there is a very welcoming pub + car park called the Shepherds Hut

Baptismal Font Ewelme

Bell

Founder

Weight

Cwt-Qtr-Lbs

Treble

Cast in 1950 by John Taylor & Co

7-0-20

-2-

Cast in 1702 by William & Robert Cor

7-2-19

-3-

Probably Sixteenth Century

8-1-0

-4-

Recast in 1840 by W & J Taylor Oxford & Loughborough

10-2-12

-5-

Cast in 1631 by Ellis Knight of Reading “Love God”

14-1-22

Tenor

Recast in 1782 “Thomas Janaway fecit”

18-1-15

Ewelme Church

 

GREAT HASELEY

St. Peter's Great Haseley

St Peter’s Great Haseley

Tower Contact: Mrs Hilarie Rogers,

4 High Street, Drayton St Leonard, Wallingford, Oxon.

OX10 7BA

Tel: 01865 890163.

E-Mail:

 

Practice night: Monday 7.30pm. Well attended by ringers from several towers, usually ring up to Grandsire Doubles.

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Bell

Weight

Cwt qtr lbs

Treble

4  2  10

2

4  3  17

3

6  3  14

4

7  0  14

5

8  3  16

Tenor

11 1  3

St Peter’s Church has a ring of six bells numbered, keynote F#.  There were not always six bells, the earliest known history referring to a ring of four bells existing in 1552.  These would be equivalent to the present 3rd, 4th, 5th and tenor.

In 1641, Ellis Knight I of Reading recast the 4th and 5th (presumably cracked or otherwise damaged) and added the 2nd.  Apart from some minor twentieth century surgery, these three bells – 2nd, 4th and 5th – remain as cast and still carry the date 1641.

The 3rd bell was also recast, during the late 1690s, by William and Robert Cor of Aldbourne, followed, in 1774, by the 6th, recast by Thomas Rudhall of Gloucester. He also augmented the ring to six bells, adding the treble during 1775.

These recast and added bells were apparently of sound quality as no further work was recorded until 1925.  On 12th May in that year, King George V and Queen Mary watched as the Croydon bell founders, Gillett and Johnston, recast the treble and 3rd without canons (the crown shaped fixing loops on the top of the bell).  They also removed the canons from the 2nd, 4th, 5th and tenor, then retuned and bolted all six bells directly to their headstocks.  The four ‘old’ bells were quarter-turned to allow the clapper to strike an unworn area of the bell mouth. The bells were hung in a new cast iron frame with provision for a total of eight bells.

If you have followed the story so far you will appreciate that the bells were cast (or recast) during three different centuries and at three different foundries, but yet are acknowledged (by some) to be the best ring of six for miles around.

 

GREAT MILTON

St. Mary’s Great Milton

St. Mary’s Great Milton

Tower practice night - Thursday 7.30 - 9.00pm

Tower Captain Graham Griffiths

Secretary Pat Cox Tel: 01844 279300

Treasurer Ian Melton

E-mail:

A western tower containing a ring of eight bells and a Sanctus bell.

In 2001 the eight bells were re-tuned and the ring rehung with new ringing fittings in the existing wrought-Iron. “double-bar” frame. The pitch of the re-tuned tenor is E natural minus 27/100 of a semitone. The Sanctus bell was also rehung with new fittings for swing-chiming on its existing bracket frame.

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Graham Griffiths

Graham Griffiths

Great Milton

Tower Captain

Bell

Diameter

Date

Founder

Note

Weight

Cwt-Qtr-Lbs

Tenor

3” 11”

1772

Thomas Rudhall

E

15-3-19

7th

3’ 5¾”

1673

Ellis & Henry Knight

F#

12-1-03

6th

3’ 2”

1848

William Taylor

G#

9-0-27

5th

2’ 11¼”

1673

Ellis & Henry Knight

A

7-1-19

4th

2’ 9¼”

1731

Ellis Knight 1

B

6-2-08

3rd

2’ 8”

1771

Thomas Rudhall

C#

6-0-01

2nd

2’ 6”

1771

Thomas Rudhall

D#

4-3-25

Treble

2’ 4”

1771

Thomas Rudhall

E

5-0-04

Chancel window Great Milton

 

LEWKNOR

St Margaret, Lewknor

St Margaret, Lewknor

Contact details P Smith

25 Western Road

Lewknor

Watlington

Oxon OX49 5TX

01844 353402

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Bell

Weight

Note

Cast

Founder

Treble

 

D#

1950

Mears & Stainbank

2

5cwt

C#

1636

Ellis Knight I

3

6½cwt

B

1636

Ellis Knight I

4

7½cwt

A#

1636

Ellis Knight I

5

10cwt

G#

1636

Ellis Knight I

Tenor

14cwt

F#

1636

Ellis Knight I

 

LITTLE MILTON

St James’ Little Milton

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St James’ Little Milton

Tower Captain: Raymond Fergusson

Practice night:

Tuesday 7.30 pm – 9.00 p.m.

Contact for ringing by visiting towers

E-Mail:

Telephone: 01844 279150

Sunday Ringing: 2nd Sunday of each month at 10.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Bell

Date

Founder

Note

Weight

Cwt Qtr  Lbs

Tenor

1867

Mears & Stainbank

F #

11 3 22

5th

1867

Mears & Stainbank

G #

8 2 08

4th

1867

Mears & Stainbank

A #

6 2 24

3rd

1867

Mears & Stainback

B

5 2 27

2nd

1867

Mears & Stainback

C #

5 0 02

Treble

1867

Mears & Stainback

D #

4 1 11

There is a ring of six bells, all by Mears and Stainbank and dated 1867, and a sanctus bell of 1832.  In 1999 the six bells were re-tuned and re-hung with new fittings in a restored bell frame in time to ring in the new Millennium.

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MARSH BALDON

St. Peters Marsh Baldon

St. Peter Marsh Baldon

Practice: Saturday 10.30 - 12.00 Noon

Sunday ringing: TBC

Baldon Lane, The Baldons

Oxfordshire OX44 9LS

E-Mail:

Tel:

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St Peter, Marsh Baldon, Oxfordshire is located on the right, just inside the western gated entrance to the village. The C14th tower has been transformed into an octagonal shape, with squinches at its upper bell-stage, and is unlike any other tower in the branch. The Early Decorated church was totally rebuilt in 1890, and the wooden porch has a sundial over the doorway. The bells are rung from the ground floor and require sensible handling.

In 2012 a new team of ringers was formed to allow the bells to be rung for the Queen’s jubilee. The team of eight ringers have progressed quickly under the instruction of John White and Hilarie Rogers. At the end of 2012 with the approval of the Oxford Diocesan Guild the tower transferred to the South Oxford Branch.

Bell

Weight

CWT-QR-LB

Diameter

INCHES

Note

Cast

Founder

Inscription

1

3-1-22

26.00

E

1954

Mears & Stainbank

Not Known

2

4-0-22

 

D

1902

Mears & Stainbank

MEARS & STAINBANK FOUNDERS LONDON/RENOVATUM MDCCCCII/GAUDEMUS GAUDENTIBUS/DOLEMUS DOLENTIBUS

3

 

C#

c1628

Ellis Knight I

PRAYES THE LORD

4

 

B

c1530

John White

S W X Z T Y V

5

35.00

A

1628

Ellis Knight I

X · AS · TENAR · HVM · ALL · ROVND X628

Saunce

 

 

F#

c1760

Robert Wells I

ROBT. WELLS ALBOURN

Historical Note:  S W X Z T Y V Inscription on the fourth Bell

It probably has no meaning at all, the founder put this and other "meaningless" inscriptions on the bells he cast which are found in the county. He was likely to be illiterate and put this string of letters on the bell simply because it was the custom that bells be inscribed.

Further information will be in Fred Sharpe's Church Bells of Oxfordshire.

 

SHABBINGTON

Shabbington St Mary Magdalene

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St Mary Magdalene, Shabbington

6 bells, rung counter clockwise. Tenor 5-3-22.

We practise on first and third Thursdays of each month and ring for service on fourth Sunday of each month.

The bell frame (17c) and bells (5 1718 by Abraham Rudall and treble 1880) were restored, retuned and rehung in 2005.

Shabbington St Mary Magdalene

Bell

Weight

Note

Diameter

Cast

Founder

Treble

3-0-15

G#

23.75 "

1881

Mears & Stainbank

2

3-2-3

F#

25.75 "

1718

Abraham Rudhall I

3

3-2-27

E

26.50 "

1718

Abraham Rudhall I

4

3-3-10

D#

27.00 "

1718

Abraham Rudhall I

5

4-3-3

C#

29.25 "

1718

Abraham Rudhall I

Tenor

5-3-22

B

32.50 "

1718

Abraham Rudhall I

 

TETSWORTH

St. Giles Tetsworth

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St. Giles Tetsworth

Tower correspondent:

Mr. John Hearn,

26 Dean Close,

High Wycombe,

Bucks,

HP12 3NS.

Tel: 07878 988281

 

A ring of six bells

Bell

Weight

Note

Diameter

Cast

Founder

Treble

2-1-26

Bb

22.00 "

1936

Mears & Stainbank

2

2-3-20

Ab

23.00 "

1936

Mears & Stainbank

3

3-0-8

Gb

24.00 "

1936

Mears & Stainbank

4

3-1-14

F

25.00 "

1936

Mears & Stainbank

5

4-0-11

Eb

27.00 "

1936

Mears & Stainbank

Tenor

4-2-25

Db

29.00 "

1936

Mears & Stainbank

 

THAME

St. Mary the Virgin Thame

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St. Mary the Virgin Thame

Ringing times at Thame  09:30-10:00 am. on Sunday mornings and other times for special services.

Contact details: Mrs. Rosalie A Gibson.

Tel: 01844 213948

Practice night Mondays 7.30 - 9.00 pm.

The Tower has 8 bells.

Thame Spring Time

Bell

Weight

Note

Diameter

Cast

Founder

Treble

3-0-27

F

27.75 "

1876

Mears & Stainbank

2

4-0-21

E

28.75 "

1876

Mears & Stainbank

3

4-0-16

D

30.75 "

1876

Mears & Stainbank

4

4-1-19

C

32.19 "

1876

Mears & Stainbank

5

5-1-16

Bb

35.00 "

1876

Mears & Stainbank

6

6-1-15

A

35.94 "

1876

Mears & Stainbank

7

8-0-18

G

39.69 "

1876

Mears & Stainbank

Tenor

11-1-11

F

44.56 "

1876

Mears & Stainbank

 

TOWERSEY

St Catherine’s Towersey

St Catherine’s Towersey

St Catherine’s has a peal of four bells cast in 1627 and 1695, and a chimed Sanctus bell cast in 1800. The bells are of conventional design, but retain the original bearing system of cast iron gudgeon pins into brass sleeve bearings, the bearings being adjusted by opposing dovetails within the original cast iron pillow blocks. The clappers are suspended from the crown staples on an iron to leather bearing surface, in the original manner. This causes some problems in ringing up and maintaining an even striking rate.

We currently practise every Wednesday and meet in the tower at 7:30pm.

St Catherine’s Towersey

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Bell

Weight

Note

Diameter

Cast

Founder

Inscription

Treble

 

D

27.38 "

1695

Richard Keene

 

2

4½ cwt

C#

29.00 "

1627

Ellis Knight I

 

3

5½ cwt

B

32.00 "

1627

Ellis Knight I

 

Tenor

7½ cwt

A

35.75 "

1627

Ellis Knight I

Prayes the Lord

Sanctus

 

E

16.00 "

c1699

Richard Keene

 

 

WARBOROUGH

St Laurence Church Warborough

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St Laurence Church Warborough

Sunday   -  10.30 – 11.00 am

(not 5th Sunday)

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Bells: A nice ground floor ring of 8

Tenor 10cwt

St Laurence Font

The font is believed to date from 1200 but may be slightly earlier. It is unusual that the lead bowl is cast in one piece. The pedestal dates from 15th century.

Warborough is a small picturesque village in South Oxfordshire with one public house – The Six Bells, which is located on one of the largest Village Greens in Oxfordshire.  In spring the road through the village is lined with daffodils.

St Laurence Warborough Font

History of the bells

In 1618 there were three new bells in the old church tower, they had been cast by Henry Knight of Reading.  There may have been other bells, perhaps a Sanctus Bell.  The bells were taken down (about 1660) and stored in the church while the tower was being rebuilt (competed 1666).  In 1673 the Vicar noted that the church “lyes more like a barne with five good bells lying here and there”.  A new oak frame for five bells had been constructed, but almost immediately a new treble pit was added and three more bells were cast in 1675 by Ellis and Henry Knight of Reading.  The bells were hung anticlockwise, as were many of the local churches on this side of the River Thames.

The Fifth was recast by Samuel Knight in 1701 and in the mid 1800’s any work needed on the bells was done by Albert White of Besselsleigh near Abingdon. In 1871, at the same time as the church clock was installed, the old third bell which had broken in 1860 was recast by Mears & Stainbank and was rehung by Frederick White of Appleton.  The funds were raised by public subscription and the names of the committee and churchwardens are inscribed on the bell.

Sometime in the early 1900’s the six bells were rehung (still anticlockwise) by Richard White with new headstocks, strap gudgeons and self aligning ball bearings.  The old six bells were augmented to eight in 1955 when  Mears and Stainbank cast two new bells and recast the old Fourth to become the new Sixth.  They were rehung clockwise in a new steel frame by Frank White.

The bells were refurbished in 1998 by Whites of Appleton with new gudgeons, clapper bearings and bushes.

Bell

Weight

Note

Diameter

Cast

Founder

Treble

3-0-22

G

 

1955

Mears & Stainbank

2

3-1-11

F#

 

1955

Mears & Stainbank

3

4-0-6

E

 

1675

Ellis II & Henry III Knight

4

4-2-17

D

 

1618

Henry Knight I

5

5-1-0

C

 

1871

Mears & Stainbank

6

6-1-19

B

 

1618

Henry Knight I

7

7-3-4

A

 

1701

Samuel Knight

Tenor

10-0-14

G

39.75 "

1675

Ellis II & Henry III Knight

 

WATLINGTON

St. Leonard's Watlington

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St. Leonard's Watlington

Contact details

A Keen

Pound Close

Watlington

Oxon OX9 5AJ

01491 612422

Sunday 9.15 a.m. (1,4)

Until 1909 there were only six bells in the Belfry. In 1909 two new bells were added and these are the current treble and two.

Bell

Weight

Note

Diameter

Cast

Founder

Treble

6-0-1

Eb

30.25 "

1905

Mears & Stainbank

2

6-1-10

D

31.00 "

1905

Mears & Stainbank

3

6½cwt

C

30.50 "

1663

Henry Knight II

4

7¼cwt

Bb

33.50 "

1587

Henry Knight I

5

9cwt

Ab

36.25 "

1663

Henry Knight II

6

12cwt

G

40.00 "

1635

Ellis Knight I

7

16½cwt

F

45.50 "

1785

Charles & John Rudhall

Tenor

24-0-8

Eb

49.50 "

1869

Mears & Stainbank