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SS. Peter & Paul, Dinton, Bucks
Central Bucks branch of the ODG
SS. Peter & Paul, Dinton
SS. Peter & Paul, DintonİBM 31 May 2004
Dedication: SS. Peter & Paul, Dinton

Practice night: Thu 7.45pm

The Bells (6) 15-2-11 anticlockwise ring (restored in 2000)

Access to ringing chamber: Spiral staircase with 35 steps with rope up the sides.

In 2000 the 6 bells were re-tuned with new ringing fittings in the existing restored 6-bell frame. The project was partly funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Whites of Appleton, Church Bellhangers, established 1824.

The inscriptions in the following come from A.H.Cocks The Church Bells of Buckinghamshire, 1897, page 371.
The rest is taken from Whites’ certificate.
A ring of 6; tenor 15-2-11, diameter 43¼”, tuned to E
Bell Weight
cwt-qr-lb
Diameter
(inches)
Strike
note
Date
cast
Founder Foundry
location
Inscription
treble 4-1-25 287/8 C# 1897 Henry Bond & Sons Burford  
2 6-2-23 32 B 1656 Ellis, Francis and Henry Knight Reading 1656
3 7-2-13 34¼ A 1656 Ellis, Francis and Henry Knight Reading 1656
4 9-0-16 367/8 G# 1656 Ellis, Francis and Henry Knight Reading 1656
5 10-2-13 40½ F# 1682 Richard Chandler III Drayton Parslow RICHARD CHANDLER MADE ME 1682
tenor 15-2-11 45¼ E 1658 Ellis, Francis and Henry Knight Reading • HENRY SVMNAR ROGAR LVCAS CHVRCH ARDNS 1658

Notes:

Church Architecture

First mention is made of a church at Dinton in 1070, though the Saxon church, which was probably a thatched building, didn’t survive. However, it was soon replaced when it passed from Bishop Odo’s control and became the property of the convent at Godstow. The rebuilding began in about 1140 with the nave on the present church site. The main entrance was the South doorway, the same as it is today. The ancient font, too, belongs to the Norman period and the chancel also dates from this period. The stone bench, lying against the North wall, was the only form of seating in a pre-pew era.

Alterations were made in about 1230 to enable more light to enter the building. At this time the South aisle was added to the nave and the old South wall replaced by the present series of arches. The South doorway, the crowning glory of the church, was taken down and moved to its present position. The figures above it are said to represent St. Michael and the Dragon. In 1234 the buttress in the North was remade and the present four, large windows inserted.

The tower was added c.1340 and the south porch in the early C 16th.

A small group of interesting memorials to the Mayne family of the Dinton Hall ( adjacent to the church ) can be found on the North wall near the chancel. Dating from the Civil War they have their own dangerous history as does the Hall itself. The brasses in the sanctuary are in memory of contemporary celebrities and beneath them were found, in 1944, older treasures plundered from monastic churches.

The village stocks still survive. According to the guide book they stand where the disused almshouses had been, though in my visit,* I found them in the church porch.

From a leaflet about Dinton Church by R. C. C. W. supplied by Andrew Wild

* Bobbie May Visited Summer 2004.

  1. The ‘N’s are reversed in the ‘HENRY SVMNAR’ tenor inscription.
Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SP766110

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