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St. Mary, Ambrosden, Oxon
Bicester branch of the ODG
St. Mary, Ambrosden
St. Mary, Ambrosden
Dedication: St. Mary, Ambrosden

Service Ringing: Sundays 10.00 - 10.30am

Practice night: Fri 7.30pm

Availability and Restrictions

  • Visiting ringers: Yes
  • Quarter Peals: Yes
  • Peals: No
The Bells (8) 20-1-6

Access to ringing chamber: Ground floor (2 steps) in a room behind the organ at the back of the church.

The Clock: Made by Potts and Sons of Leeds, clockmakers since 1929. Current clock dates to 1996, parts of previous on display in the church.
There is one clock hammer to pull off by the side door.

The following information comes from F. Sharpe The Church Bells of Oxfordshire.

Frame: Metal low-type.
Gear: Elm headstocks, Plate gudgeons, Self-aligning ball-bearings, Traditional English-type wheels, Hastings type stays.

a ring of 8, tenor 20-1-6, diameter 48”, tuned to Eb
Bell Weight
cwt-qr-lb
Diameter
(inches)
Strike
note
Date
cast
Founder Foundry
location
Inscription
Treble 4-3-16 28½ Eb 1928 John Taylor & Co. Loughborough [border] 19[Loughborough foundry mark]28 [border]
[+] IN UNDYING MEMORY
OF ALL THOSE OF THIS PARISH
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 [+]
GEORGE ALDRIDGE
CHARLES AUSTIN
PERCY BUSBY
JAMES CHERRY
PERCY DEELY
HARRY EAVES
EDWIN EDMUNDS
THOMAS GASKINS
SIDNEY HOPCRAFT
ROWLAND KNAPTON
JOSEPH MARKHAM
CHARLES ROBERT SHARP
HENRY SHAW
WILLIAM TUFFREY TURNER
Their name liveth for evermore  [+]
2 5-1-25 291/8 D 1928 John Taylor & Co. Loughborough [border] [Loughborough foundry mark] [border]
[+] POPVLVS AMBROSDVINI ME DEDICAVIT
AD MAJOREM GLORIAM DEI
ET AD HONOREM SANCTAE MARIAE
ET IN MEMORIAM GVLIELMI WHITE KENNET
OLIM VICARII HVIVS PATROCIAE
POSTEA EPISCOPI PETROBVRGENSIS
QVI OBIIT MLCCXXVIII [+]
C.C. DAVID OAKE, M.A. VICAR
W. H. P. HADLAND
A. E. S. HEPWORTH CHURCHWARDENS
W. P. P. HADLAND DEPUTY WARDEN
1928
3 6-0-23 31¾ C 1697 Richard Keene Woodstock 1697
4 7-1-8 34¼ Bb 1716 Henry Bagley III Chacombe THOMAS HARRIS   SAMVEL SMITH   RICHARD CARTER CHURCH [A8] W [J2] [A8]
BE IT KNOWNE TO ALL THAT DO ME SEE H BAGLEY MADE MEE J7J6 [A8]
5 8-2-27 37 Ab 1743 Edward Hemins Bicester UOX MEA SONAT JOHN CHERRY CLARK
THOMAS JONES. THOMAS SMITH. WILLIAM SULSTONE. HENRY HONOUR. [P5 twice]
CURCH-WARDENS. EDWARD HEMINS, FECIT MAY, THE 28,TH. 1743 [P5 twice]
6 8-3-25 37¾ G 1895 John Taylor & Co. Loughborough W. H. P. HADLAND & A. E. HEPWORTH CHURCHWARDENS
[H8 thrice] CHARLES BAYFIELD VICAR [H8]
F. WHITE & SON [H8] APPLETON [H8] BELLHANGERS [H8] BERKS [H8] 1895 [H8 thrice]
[Loughborough foundry mark ]
AS I FOR USE ARE RAISED ABOVE THE EARTH
SO MAY MY VOICE TO HEAVENLY THOUGHTS GIVE BIRTH
IF MEN WHO HEAR ME COME AND PRAISE THEIR KING
I AM CONTENT FOR NOT IN VAIN I RING.
7 12-0-23 41¾ F 1845 William Taylor Oxford [J5] W: Tubb J: Hazel T: Hickman & J: Cross Churchwardens
[J5] Revd: L: G: G: Dryden Vicar. Ano Dni M.dccc.xlv [J5]  © © ©
Tenor 20-1-6 48 Eb 1928 John Taylor & Co. Loughborough THO HARRIS HEN COOPER OLIVER PANGHORN C W 1703/ [+] I WAS RECAST A.D. 1928 [+]
[Loughborough foundry mark]
Sanctus 1-0-0 17¾ C ~1340 Peter de Weston London [Cross A7] PETRUS: DE VESTON: ME: FECIT 
Notes
  1. A notice on the tower wall gives the weight of the 7th as 12-1-23
  2. Gothic script on bells 7 and Sanctus
  3. © is a coin impressed into the bell
Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SP603194 - park in church drive

Eating Places: Turner Arms, across the road no food. The Crown, Charlton-on-Otmoor, 5-10 mins drive away for good food and drink.

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