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Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary, Launton, Oxon
Bicester branch of the ODG
Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary, Launton
Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary, Launton
The ringing chamber access ladder is on the left leading
to a small door below the clock
Dedication: Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary, Launton

Service Ringing: Sun 10.00

Practice night: no regular practice at present.

The Bells (6) 6-3-21

Access to ringing chamber: - Outside ladder, just visible in photo above
Room for only 6 people and a clock, cheek by jowl. It is easier to ring with the door open so winter visits are best avoided.

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

Frame: Cast-iron H-pattern, 1907 Gillett & Johnston.
Gear: Cast-iron headstocks, Fixed steel gudgeons, Self-aligning ball-bearings, Traditional English-type wheels, Jockey-type stays, 1938 R. White.
Old five by the Chandlers: 1-4 1701, 5 1712.

A ring of 6, tenor 7-0-5, diameter 333/8”,tuned to Bb
Bell Weight
cwt-qr-lb
Diameter
(inches)
Strike
note
Date
cast
Founder Foundry
location
Inscription
Treble 2-1-17 22¼ G 1907 Gillett & Johnston Croydon GILLETT & JOHNSTON, FOUNDERS, CROYDON, 1907.
[Floral border all round bell]
IN MEMORY OF
RICHARD THOMAS STAPLES-BROWN
AND ANN HIS WIFE
2 2-3-14 24 F 1907 Gillett & Johnston Croydon 1701. RECAST BY GILLETT & JOHNSTON, FOUNDERS, CROYDON, 1907.
[Border as on treble]
3 3-2-20 26¼ Eb 1907 Gillett & Johnston Croydon 1701. RECAST BY GILLETT & JOHNSTON, FOUNDERS, CROYDON, 1907.
[Border as on treble]
4 4-0-27 28 D 1907 Gillett & Johnston Croydon 1701. RECAST BY GILLETT & JOHNSTON, FOUNDERS, CROYDON, 1907.
[Border as on treble]
5 5-0-23 30¼ C 1907 Gillett & Johnston Croydon 1701. RECAST BY GILLETT & JOHNSTON, FOUNDERS, CROYDON, 1907.
[Border as on treble]
Tenor 7-0-5 333/8 Bb 1907 Gillett & Johnston Croydon CHANDLER MADE ME 1712 RECAST BY GILLETT & JOHNSTON, FOUNDERS, CROYDON, 1907.
[Border as on treble]


Points of interest in church A memorial to Frederick Sharpe

Launton is the resting place of the late Frederick Sharpe who wrote several books documenting the bells of the Bicester Branch and then the Bells of Oxfordshire. His grave can be found in the churchyard behind the tower.

Launton
Access at Launton
Launton is a very small tower with a rather interesting entrance.

Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SP604228 - park in road

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