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St. Edburg, Bicester, Oxon
Bicester branch of the ODG
St. Edburg, Bicester
St. Edburg, Bicester
Dedication:St. Edburg, Bicester

Service Ringing: Sun 9.45am

Practice night: Mon 7.30pm

Availability and Restrictions: We generally allow only 1 Peal per month on a Saturday. Quarter Peals are rung occasionally.

The Bells (10) 15-0-7

Access to ringing chamber: spiral staircase

Tower door - The tower door is located inside at the back of the church. The church has to be kept locked so to gain entry wait until there is a gap in the ringing and shout up to the ringing room window and someone will come down to let you in.

The gear information comes from Andrew Bull

Frame: Cast-iron H-pattern, Gillett & Johnston 1913.
Gear: Cast-iron headstocks, Fixed steel gudgeons, Plain brass bearings, Traditional English-type wheels, Jockey-type stays.

The following information comes from the Bicester branch website, except the diameters and inscriptions which come from F.Sharpe

A ring of 10; tenor 15-0-7, diameter 44¼, tuned to F

Bell Weight
cwt-qr-lb
Diameter
(inches)
Strike
note
Date
cast
Founder Foundry
location
Inscription
treble 3-1-14   A 1998 Mears & Stainbank Whitechapel  
2 3-1-4   G 1998 Mears & Stainbank Whitechapel  
3 3-3-7 25¾ F 1913 Gillett & Johnston Croydon RECAST BY GILLETT & JOHNSTON, CROYDON, 1913.
[M1 all round bell]
1
4 3-2-12 26 E 1913 Gillett & Johnston Croydon RECAST BY GILLETT & JOHNSTON, CROYDON, 1913.
[M1 all round bell]
2
5 4-1-16 281/8 D 1913 Gillett & Johnston Croydon RECAST BY GILLETT & JOHNSTON, CROYDON, 1913.
[M1 all round bell]
3
6 4-3-20 301/8 C 1913 Gillett & Johnston Croydon RECAST BY GILLETT & JOHNSTON, CROYDON, 1913.
[M1 all round bell]
4
7 6-2-12 33 Bb 1913 Gillett & Johnston Croydon RECAST BY GILLETT & JOHNSTON, CROYDON, 1913.
[M1 all round bell]
5
8 7-2-13 35 A 1913 Gillett & Johnston Croydon RECAST BY GILLETT & JOHNSTON, CROYDON, 1913.
[M1 all round bell]
6
9 10-1-3 391/8 G 1913 Gillett & Johnston Croydon RECAST BY GILLETT & JOHNSTON, CROYDON, 1913.
[M1 all round bell]
7
tenor 15-0-7 44¼ F 1913 Gillett & Johnston Croydon RECAST BY GILLETT & JOHNSTON, CROYDON, 1913.
[M1 all round bell]
THE WHOLE PEAL OF EIGHT BELLS RECAST
A.D.1913.
WALTER O’REILLY, M.A. VICAR.
THOMAS COSTAR FINCH,
ROBERT WATTS, CHURCHWARDENS.
8
Notes:
  1. The ring was recast without canons from the metal of the former ring of 8.
  2. On the soundbow of each is a number corresponding to its position in the ring.
  3. Richard White fitted self-aligning ball bearings to the tenor some time between 1913 and 1949
  4. Alfred White carried out the work in 1870 when the bells were retuned, rehung and augmented to 8 by the addition of a treble and tenor.
  5. Further details of earlier rings can be found in F.Sharpe The Church Bells of the Deanery of Bicester published 1932
Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SP583223

By car From M40, Junction 9, head north along the A41. As you approach Bicester you will meet a series of 3 roundabouts - go straight on at each one. About 150 yards after the 3rd one (a mini-roundabout where you need to get into the right-hand lane to go straight on) turn right towards the Market Square. St. Edburg's is on the right just after 'The Swan' and 'The Six Bells' pubs. There is limited parking in the churchyard.

Public Transport:: By rail Bicester has two stations, both of which are within 10-15 minutes walk of the church. Trains to the Bicester Town station can be caught from Oxford and run Monday to Saturday. Bicester North is on the main Birmingham to London Marylebone (Chiltern) line.

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