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St. Michael, Fringford, Oxon
Bicester branch of the ODG
St. Michael, Fringford
St. Michael, Fringford
Dedication: St. Michael, Fringford

Availability and Restrictions Ringing these bells full circle is not advisable. Occasional swing chiming is possible.

The Bells (3) 10-0-0#

Access to ringing chamber: Ground floor

The Clock

As of 30 Oct 2005: “The clock has been fixed now and a clock hammer strikes the hours upon the tenor bell”.

From a letter dated 19 July 1994 written to the then rector of the parish by Richard Stevens of the Diocesan Guild of Bellringers:

“The Bells would appear to fair for sound (no signs of cracking). Tonally, the sound of the treble or lightest bell is in no way of credit to its founder. The other two bells sound rather more pleasing to the ear.

The Bells are hung to their cannons to elm headstocks with supporting iron work. The fittings are those normally associated with full circle ringing (wheel stays, sliders). The frame is of timber construction.

It should be made clear that the frame and fittings are falling into decay, and the bells should not be rung full circle, as to do so would be courting disaster. Swing chiming of the bells, however, from time to time would be less hazardous.

During the inspection of the tower, the condition of the stonework above the bells and bellframe was observed. There were many loose stones and in places the rendering had come loose and fallen down amongst the bells.

To put the installation into good order is going to cost a lot of money, and will require a fresh start. The lightest bell is tonally poor, and the whole ring absorbs most of the space in the tower. A new ring could be installed but the bells will need to be smaller than those currently in the tower.”

The following information is taken from F. Sharpe The Church Bells of Oxfordshire. He visited the tower in 1923-1950.

A ring of 3; tenor 10-0-0#, diameter 38”tuned to Ab
Bell Weight
cwt-qr-lb
Diameter
(inches)
Strike
note
Date
cast
Founder Foundry
location
Inscription
treble 6-0-0# 30½ B 1702 Richard Chandler III Drayton Parslow RICHARD CHANDLER MADE ME 1702
2 8-0-0# 36 Bb 1617 Robert Atton Buckingham R A 1617
Tenor 10-0-0# 38 Ab 1702 Richard Chandler III Drayton Parslow RICHARD CHANDLER MADE ME 1702
Sanctus ¼ 11   circa. 1770 Robert Wells I Aldbourne R : WELLS

Notes:

The Bells are tuned in a minor scale
The inscription on the Sanctus is inside the bell

Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SP606292

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