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St. Michael, Stewkley, Bucks
Central Bucks branch of the ODG
St. Michael, Stewkley
St. Michael, StewkleyİBM Apr 2005
Dedication: St. Michael, Stewkley

Practice night: Wed 7.30pm

The Bells (8) 10-0-16 (retuned Nov 2003)

There are 3 listed bells in this tower.
Access to ringing chamber: 44 steps; right hand spiral followed by left hand spiral with rope up the side and handrails at the junction of the two.

The inscriptions on the three newer Mears & Stainbank bells come from a certificate in the tower. (Note that the bell dimensions on this notice are those before the restoration and are out-of-date.)

The inscriptions on the five older bells are from A.H.Cocks The Church Bells of Buckinghamshire, page 569.

The rest of the information comes from Ben Kipling of Hayward Mills

Rehung & retuned Hayward Mills 2003.

A ring of 8; tenor 10-0-16, diameter 41¼”, tuned to F.
Bell Weight
cwt-qr-lb
Strike
note
Diameter
(inches)
Date
cast
Founder Foundry
location
Inscription
treble 4-2-4 F 26¾ 1937 Mears & Stainbank Whitechapel  
2 4-2-25 E 28 1937 Mears & Stainbank Whitechapel  
3 4-3-10 D 30 1902 Mears & Stainbank Whitechapel TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND TO COMMEMMORATE THE CORONATION OF KING EDWARD VII
4 6-0-9 C 31 1636 Richard Chandler I Drayton Parslow [Cross, Fig 77] RICHARD [Fig 77] CHANDLER [Fleur-de-lys, Fig 78] I636 [Cross, Fig 79]
5 6-2-11 Bb 32¾ c1580 Lawrence Wright? itinerant [Cross, Fig 31] W KL A EF N C A PO A
6 6-2-15 A 34 1661 Richard Chandler I Drayton Parslow CHANDLER MADE ME I66I
7 7-0-17 G 37 1735 Edward Hall Drayton Parslow EWARD HALL MADE ME J735
tenor 10-0-16 F 41¼ 1837 William & John
Taylor
Oxford
J:WOODMAN
W:TOMES
C : WARDENS W : & J : TAYLOR BELLFOUNDERS OXFORD: 1837

Notes:

  1. The “N” in “CHANDLER” on bells 4 and 6 are reversed.
  2. Most of the letters on bell 5 are inverted.
  3. The letters of the founder’s name and address on the tenor are slanted.
Points of interest in church

(SJ***C)Simon Jenkins unaltered Norman interior and carvings on west front around the door

Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SP853261. Park in village.

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