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Holy Cross & St. Mary, Quainton, Bucks
Central Bucks branch of the ODG
Holy Cross & St. Mary, Quainton
Holy Cross & St. Mary, QuaintonİBM 25 Feb 2002
Dedication: Holy Cross & St. Mary, Quainton

Service Ringing: Sun am variable, 6.00pm

Practice night: Wed 7.30pm

The Bells (8) 17-1-26

Augmented from 6 with 2 new trebles in 1985.

Access to ringing chamber: Ground floor, access either from outside or from an inside door at end of nave. Somewhat intimidating huge marble monuments to members of the Dormer family on two sides, larger than life size, with arms reaching out to snag the bell ropes of ringers who do not pull their ropes down straight.

The inscriptions on the old bells come from A.H.Cocks The Church Bells of Buckinghamshire, page 552.
The information on the current bell weights comes from a framed certificate in the tower. The ring was retuned, and rehung with new fittings in a new lowside frame for eight by John Taylor of Loughborough in 1983. Two new trebles added in 1985 to form a ring of 8.

A ring of 8; tenor 17-1-26, diameter 48”, in Eb
Bell Weight
Founder Foundry
treble 4-2-10 27½ Eb 1985 John Taylor Loughborough  
2 4-3-16 28½ D 1985 John Taylor Loughborough  
3 5-2-6 30½ C 1983 John Taylor Loughborough  
4 6-3-22 32¾ Bb 1957 John Taylor Loughborough  
5 8-2-22 36½ Ab 1621 Henry Knight I Reading <> THAT YOV BESTOW OF ALL H [scroll] K X62X
6 11-0-12 40 G 1621 Henry Knight I Reading <> TO BRING TO PAS H [scroll] K X62X
7 14-2-4 43 F 1983 John Taylor Loughborough  
tenor 17-1-26 48 Eb 1745 Thomas Lester Whitechapel (incised) I EELes & W TOMes CH WARDENS J745   T LESTER OF LONDON MADE ME


  1. On the 6th, the letter S in PAS is reversed
  2. On the tenor, the letter N is reversed in WARDENS and twice in LONDON.
  3. the [scroll] on the Knight bells is reproduced here from Cocks, Plate XXII:
The village:

Windmill and hill fort İKMC 23 Apr 2005

The village of Quainton seen from the road from Aylesbury, with the restored windmill on the skyline and the hill fort in the centre above the village. The hill is reputed to have some of the best examples of strip lychets in Buckinghamshire.

The 6 storey brick built tower mill was built in the 1832 by James Anstiss; at 65 feet it is the tallest windmill in Bucks. It ceased working in 1890.

In 2005 the Quainton Windmill Society is restoring it to working order.

Open Sunday mornings or by appointment.

Windmill İKMC 23 Apr 2005 Details from the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
village street İKMC 23 Apr 2005 Brick nogging house İKMC 23 Apr 2005
The village high street leads from the green, near the windmill, to the church. Several houses have brick nogging and some have thatched roofs. The village shop is about half way along the street on the right, The house above is at the corner of the high street and 'The Pyghtl' a recent housing development.
Some alms houses were built in 1687 at the end of the high street near the church.
Church and alms houses İKMC 23 Apr 2005
Plaque on alms house İKMC 23 Apr 2005

The alms houses were built by Richard Winwood, son of Sir Ralph Winwood, principal Secretary of State to
King James I. The plaque has his coat of arms above the text. Notice that some of the gables do not have real windows, they are merely painted on. This probably saved having to pay window tax.

Monuments inside the church

In the south aisle, erected 1689 by his wife, carved by Thomas Stayner.
Winwood Monument İKMC 23 Apr 2005
He built the alms houses.
Monument scroll İKMC 23 Apr 2005 Transcribed into modern type the plaque reads:
Lyeth ye Body
of Richard Winwood Esq (one
of ye deputy Leivetenants of this
County in the Reigne of King
Charles ye second) Son & heir of
ye Rt Hoble Sr Ralph Winwood Knt
principle secretary of state to King
James ye firft.   He married Anne
one of ye davghters of Sr Thomas
Read of ye County of Barks Knt
And departed this life ye 28th
day of Ivne Anno Dom: j688
in ye 80th year of his age.

Here lyes alfo interred ye Body
of ye said Anne who departed this life
ye jst day of Mar. Ann Dom j693 aged ??

Note: the 'ye' has the 'e' above the 'y'
Adjacent on the south wall Brett monument and on the north wall that of the Pigotts.
Brett Monument İKMC 23 Apr 2005
He helped with the translation of the King James Bible.
Pigott Monument İKMC 23 Apr 2005
Sir Richard Pigott d. 1685 his wife and descendents by Giacomo Leoni.
Dormer monuments
Dormer Monument N aisle İKMC 23 Apr 2005
On the North wall of the aisle, Sir John d 1675 and
Lady Dormer d 1672.
Signed by William Stanton. The cupboard on the right contains a kitchen sink.
Dormer Monument İBM 23 Apr 2005
Fleetwood Dormer d 1726 by Rysack.
His father the Judge in in his robes in the background, in the front his mother weeps.

These monuments are on two walls of the ringing chamber, the sally of bell 4 can just be seen on the left of the right hand image. At one time the statues were more invasive but were rearranged when one of them lost a part of its anatomy during ringing.

Points of interest in church

 (SJ**C)Simon Jenkins several fine monuments from the 17th century.

Church facilities: toilet in a new stone porch on the North side, including facilities for disabled

Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SP750202. Village parking.

Eating Places: Pub 'George & Dragon'

Local points of interest for non ringers:

  • 17th century Alms Houses and old rectory adjacent to the church
  • Preserved windmill
  • ancient earthwork behind the windmill
  • several old houses and a village green with old preaching cross

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