Saturday 25th May 2019
by Michael Haynes
10:15 Hook Norton
St Peter (8) 20-2-13 in E · Oxon OX15 5NH
11:15 South Newington
St Peter ad Vincula (5) 8-0-7 in F# · Oxon OX15 4JG
St James (8) 11-3-23 in F · Oxon OX25 6NB
15:00 Great Tew
St Michael & AA (8) 22-0-10 in D · Oxon OX7 4AG
South Newington · St Peter ad Vincula
Left to Right: David Parks, Hugh Deam, Jane Hedges, Sue Ross, Donna Bennett, Judy Kirby, Benjamin Poole, Susan King, Simon King, Michael Haynes & Paul Lucas.
Hook Norton · St Peter
South Newington · St Peter
Grandsire Triples, Plain Bob Triples & Stedman Doubles.
is quite a remote village, situated on the River Swere, having been documented in the Domesday Book (1086) as Niwetone (new farmstead). Evidence of a Romano-British settlement has been uncovered on the southern edge of the parish, a tract of land known as Iron Down. Even today buildings constructed of local limestone are still in the majority here. After the Dissolution, the Crown sold most of the land here to Magdalen College in Oxford. The dedication of the church is one of only 14 in England to St Peter ad Vincula ("St Peter in chains").
Somerton · St James
Great Tew · St Michael & AA
It was originally a small Norman church, but at the end of the 13th century it was greatly extended and a bell-tower added. The north aisle contains several fine wall paintings that date to the mid 14th century. The bells are rung from a gallery and reward concentration on tight handling. The earliest bell is the second, 1656, cast by Richard Keene, Woodstock. Treble, 1733, Henry II Bagley of Chacombe. The other three bells are from 1861, George Mears, Whitechapel.
For details of Hook Norton
and Great Tew
, see Saturday 19th September 2009
Also, a previous trip to Somerton
was made on Saturday 18th May 2013
Saturday 6th April 2019
outing by John Hearn
St Michael (6) 11-0-24 in F# · Glos GL54 4BG
10:30 Compton Abdale
St Oswald (6) 6-3-4 in Ab · Glos GL54 4DS
St Andrew (6) 10-1-16 in G · Glos GL54 4AD
12:30 The Green Dragon
Coberley · Glos GL53 9NW
St Bartholomew (6) 10-0-3 in Ab · Glos GL53 9PJ
All Saints (5) 6cwt in Bb · Glos GL7 5PR
St John Bapt (12) 27-1-16 in C# · Glos GL7 2PE
Cirencester · St John the Baptist
Left to Right: Adrian Nash, Mary Carroll, Paul Smith, Graham Cane, Harry Cane, Hilda Shipp, Benjamin Poole, Alan Barsby, Debbie McLaren, Susan King, John McLaren, Paul Washington, Hugh Deam, Darren Washington, Vicky Palmer, Donna Bennett, John Hearn, Phillip Roberts, Simon King, David Endacott, Shan Nash & Brian Shacklady.
Plain Bob Royal, Grandsire Caters, London Minor, Norwich Minor, Cambridge Minor & Double Oxford.
See the previous outing on Saturday 10th May 2003
See Saturday 30th September 2007
for further details.
(Wynna’s boundary stone) is situated just north-west of Cirencester and close to the Roman road of Ermin Street.
Winstone · St Bartholomew
The Grade 1 Listed parish church remains largely untouched since the 11th century, although the chancel was partially rebuilt late in the 19th century. Two of the bells in the tower are of significant age, the fourth dating to 1360 and cast at a foundry in Gloucester. The tenor is from fifty years later and cast in a Worcester foundry.
Withington · St Michael
Preston · All Saints
These two bells were the original treble and third before the rehang of 1979. The other four bells are all by Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1776.
(one of England’s most common toponyms) derives its name from a farmstead administered by priests, and is located adjacent to the River Churn.
Cirencester · St John Bapt
Today the village is perilously close to becoming a suburb of Cirencester, but an organic farm here, with shop and café, helps maintain a sense of rurality. The late Norman church here is Grade 2 Listed, dating to the 13th century, with a west tower housing five bells. The back four bells are all from 1787, Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester. The treble was added in 1908 by Llewellins & James, Bristol.
is the unofficial capital of the Cotswolds, having been one of the most important Roman towns in the country, being known at that time as Corinium. The town centre is dominated by the presence of St John the Baptist church, a mighty building that amply evidences the centuries of wool trade influence on this area. Only the third bell (Abraham II Rudhall, Gloucester, 1713) remains intact from the original ten bells, the rest having been recast over the years, mostly by the Rudhall family later in the 18th century. The bells were augmented to twelve in 1722 by the same foundry. Ninth and eleventh recast in Loughborough, 1895 and 1952 respectively. Tenor recast by Whitechapel in 1986.
Saturday 30th March 2019
by Harry & Graham Cane
10:30 Welford on Avon
St Peter (8) 9-3-1 in G# · Warks CV37 8EN
11:40 Preston on Stour
St Mary (3) 8cwt in Bb · Warks CV37 8NQ
St Mary (8) 12-3-26 in E · Warks CV36 4LB
13:00 The Red Lion
Front St · Ilmington · Warks CV36 4LX
14:30 Lower Quinton
St Swithin (6) 13-0-27 in F# · Warks CV37 8SG
15:40 Great Wolford
St Michael & AA (6) 11-3-7 in F# · Warks CV36 5NQ
16:25 Long Compton
St Peter & St Paul (6) 12-0-22 in F · Warks CV36 5JJ
Ilmington · St Mary
From left: Jane Hedges, Andrew Usborne, Peter Payne, Marilyn Payne, Graham Cane, Hugh Deam, Barry Wateridge with Darcy, Simon King, Judy Kirby, Harry Cane, Elizabeth Mullett, Paul Lucas, Steve Millington, Alan Bainbridge & Susan King.
Cambridge Major, Stedman Triples & Grandsire Triples.
Welford on Avon
(ford by the springs) was documented as Welheford in 1177, situated as it is within a loop of the River Avon. During the 11th century the estate was granted to Deerhurst Priory by the Earl of Gloucester. It is renowned for its superabundance of elegant 17th century thatched cottages, images of which are widely featured on generic calendars and postcards of England. The parish church dates to around 1330, built on the site of its 12th century predecessor. The back six bells are all from 1960, cast by Taylor’s of Loughborough, with the front two added by them in 1980.
Preston on Stour
Welford on Avon · St Peter
Preston on Stour · St Mary
was originally in Gloucestershire, transferring in 1931. The original medieval church was rebuilt in the grand Gothic Revival style during the 18th century, although the 15th century tower remains. The bells are rung from a large gallery at the west end of the church. The second (1635) and third (1653) bells were both cast by Henry Bagley of Chacombe. The treble dates to 1713, Abraham Rudhall, Gloucester.
takes its name from the profusion of elm trees that once dominated the hills in this area, the village sitting at the foot of both Campden Hill and Windmill Hill, with residents being known as Ilmingtonians.
Ilmington · St Mary
Lower Quinton · St Swithin
The former Catholic church on Upper Green has in recent years been converted into a thriving community shop and café. The church is most notably of the 12th and 14th centuries. The back five bells are from 1641, Henry Bagley of Chacombe. Third, 1921, Thomas Bond, Burford. Front two bells added in 2000, Taylors, Loughborough.
was part of a royal estate in Anglo-Saxon times, being described as Quentone (Queen’s farmstead) in 848AD. The church is primarily 14th century, although its 12th century origins are visible in the arches of the south nave arcade. The three oldest bells are all from the Rudhall family foundry in Gloucester, the second being the earliest (1714), with treble and tenor from 1743. Third and fourth, 1842, Thomas II Mears, Whitechapel. Fifth, 1952, Taylors, Loughborough.
See Saturday 11th March 2006
See Saturday 2nd April 2016
for further details.
Quarter Peal Day in
Saturday 16th March 2019
Arranged by Hugh Deam
All Saints (6) 15-0-21 in E · Bucks LU7 0BX
11:30 Drayton Parslow
Holy Trinity (6) 9-1-1 in Bb · Bucks MK17 0JF
12:45 The Betsey Wynne
21 Mursley Rd · Swanbourne · Bucks MK17 0SH
St Swithun (6) 12-1-24 in F · Bucks MK17 0SR
St Mary (6) 14-2-21 in G · Bucks MK17 0LZ
Drayton Parslow · Holy Trinity
Left to Right: Harry Cane, Michael Haynes, Benjamin Poole, Hugh Deam, Paul Lucas, Graham Cane, Judy Kirby, Michael Probert & Colin Taylor.
Quarter Peals: None · 1260 Single Oxford & Plain Bob Minor · Plain Bob Minor · Grandsire Doubles
was noted as Soleberie (a stronghold by a gully) in the Domesday Book and today the parish encompasses no fewer than seven hamlets. The 17th century mansion of Liscombe Park was originally the seat of the Lovett family. Colonel John Lovett was patron of the Eddystone Lighthouse off the Cornish coast, this being the world’s first open ocean lighthouse. The church here was largely rebuilt between the 14th and 16th century, the tower dating to the 15th century. The fourth and fifth bells (1450) survive from this time, cast in Wokingham. Tenor, 1592, Bartholomew Atton, Buckingham. Second by the Chandler family, Drayton Parslow, 1613. Treble, 1661, Henry II Knight, Reading. Third, 1936, Mears & Stainbank. Ringing on a more regular basis had resumed relatively recently and unfortunately an already cracked stay fell out prior to our starting the quarter attempt.
Soulbury · All Saints
Drayton Parslow · Holy Trinity
derives its name from the drays that were used in the early farmstead here and owes its manorial affix to the Passelewe family, here from the 11th century. During the 16th and 17th centuries the village had its own bell foundry which was run by the Chandler family. The parish church is primarily 14th century with a 15th century tower. Within the church is an alabaster panel depicting the Crucifixion that was carved in 1430 and is considered of even greater rarity than the example in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. The earliest of the bells is the tenor, 1591, Bartholomew Atton, Buckingham. All of the other bells are by Taylors, (4 & 5 – 1842), front three from 1935.
We lunched at The Betsey Wynne
, a relatively new pub (2006) which is named after a matriarch of the Fremantle family and built on a field that was known as Spuddle Spits.
takes its name from the swans on the stream here, with, for many centuries, much of the surrounding lands having been administered by Woburn Abbey or the Crown. The 13th century church and manor house are set on opposite sides of the crossroads in the village. Swanbourne House was the home of the Fremantle family who gave their name to the coastal city in Western Australia and subsequently that country’s most famous cooling summer breeze, the Fremantle Doctor. There is also a district in Perth, Western Australia named Swanbourne. The church tower was rebuilt in the 16th century, with the oldest bells being the second and tenor, cast by Anthony Chandler, Drayton Parslow, 1654. Fourth and fifth, 1863, John Warner, London. Treble and third, 1910, Alfred Bovell of Ipswich.
See Saturday 19th March 2011
Outing to Wiltshire
Saturday 2nd March 2019
Organised by David Parks
St Michael (6) 12-1-24 in F · Wilts SN14 6JA
11:30 Folly Row Café
Kington St Michael · Wilts SN14 6JB
13:30 Langley Burrell
St Peter (6) 10cwt in G · Wilts SN15 5LY
14:30 Great Somerford
St Peter & St Paul (6) 8-0-5 in G · Wilts SN15 5JB
Kington · St Michael
Left to Right: Alison Merryweather-Clarke, Benjamin Poole, Donna Bennett, Paul Lucas, Simon King, Susan King, David Parks, Judy Kirby, Hugh Deam & Colin Taylor.
Cambridge, Buxton, St Clements, Plain Bob Minor, Stedman, St Osmund & All Saints.
Kington St Michael
was first documented in AD 934, with its original affix being Minchin, denoting the priory here at that time. A rededication to St Michael took place in 1279. The village stands on a limestone outcrop and its central layout clearly gives evidence to its sheep market heritage. The church is primarily 13th century in its construction, standing on high ground overlooking what would have been the market square. The tower dates to the 18th century, with all of the bells cast by Abraham II Rudhall of Gloucester, 1726, and hung counter-clockwise.
Kington · St Michael
Folly Row Café
A superb early lunch was enjoyed at the Folly Row Café
, which is situated on the High Street in Kington St Michael. Opened in 2015, the café looked after us splendidly, with everyone being thoroughly impressed with the exquisite chinaware and lovely décor as well as the food and drink.
See Saturday 27th April 2013
is situated on the southern bank of the River Avon, between the limestone belt of the Cotswolds to the north and the chalklands of the Marlborough Downs to the south. The parish also includes the hamlets of Startley and Seagry Heath.
Langley Burrell · St Peter
Gt Somerford · St Peter
The allotments in the village are considered to be the first sanctioned in Britain, established in 1809 by Reverend Stephen Demainbray, vicar here at that time. Their 200th anniversary was marked in 2009 by Radio 4’s Gardeners Question Time recording an edition from here. The Grade 1 Listed 15th century parish church stands on the site of an earlier building, having been dedicated to St Michael and All Angels until late in the 19th century. The churchyard to the rear of the church slopes down to the River Avon, with the larger churchyard at the front accessed via a path that runs past the 16th century Mount House. This was originally the manorial home of the Maltravers family who were the primary landowners locally from medieval times. The date of casting of the bells stretches from the earliest in 1480 (5 – Richard Thomas) to the most recent in 1984 (Treble – Taylors). Most unusually, the fifth bell is actually heavier than the tenor.