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St. Michael & All Angels, Aston Clinton, Bucks
Chiltern branch of the ODG
St. Michael & All Angels, Aston Clinton
St. Michael & All Angels, Aston Clinton©Alan Bentley 2003?
Dedication: St. Michael & All Angels, Aston Clinton

Service Ringing: Sun 9.00am 5.15pm

Practice night: Fri 7.45 - 9.30pm - entry via an intercom in North Porch

Availability and Restrictions - This tower is a Ringing Centre - Available for visitors, quarter peals and peals which we try to keep to one attempt a month.

The Bells (10) 11-1-10

Upgraded to 10 bells, dedicated by the Bishop of Buckingham on 30 Nov 2003

Access to ringing chamber: from the internal vestry, 15 steps by flat tread ladder with hand rail.

Ringing Centre:

Aston Clinton is a fully functional Ringing Centre with augmented bells and restored tower.

Geographically we are at the cusp of 2 ODG branches, the West Herts district of the HCA and Bedfordshire; The Aston Clinton Ringing Centre is not tied into any particular association although we anticipate the majority of interest will come from the ODG. We will welcome students from any guild for our own courses as well as via external providers (on the understanding they will be properly managed). We aim to have all our 10 bells on Abel simulator sensors, ownership of a camcorder, a portable OHP and CCTV into the belfry.

Aston Clinton Bells Augmented in 2003

The Bells were augmented to 8 in 1974 and to 10 in 2003; the rededication service took place on 30 November 2003. A DVD/video cassette will be available in 2004 showing the history of this project over the last 12 months. A more complete description of the work during the restoration with photos can be seen here.

An article by John White describing the project was published in 'The Ringing World' No 4855 May 14, 2004 p461-464. The Inscriptions in the table below were copied from that article and from A.H.Cocks .

A ring of 10 bells; tenor 11-1-10 diameter 3' 63/8" tuned to F#
Bell Weight
cwt-qr-lb
Diameter
(inches)
Strike
note
Date
cast
Founder Foundry
location
Inscription
treble 3-2-13 23¼ A# 2002 Whitechapel foundry London O PRAISE THE LORD WITH ME
IN LOVING MEMORY OF INNES F WHITE
1938 - 1997
LIFELONG RINGER AND CHORISTER
THE GIFT OF HER FAMILY
WHITES OF APPLETON
CHURCH BELL HANGERS
2 3-2-16 24¼ G# 2002 Whitechapel foundry London AND LET US MAGNIFY HIS NAME TOGETHER
THE GIFT OF ALAN, KATHY,
IAN & JANE BENTLEY
BELL RINGERS IN THIS TOWER
WHITES OF APPLETON
CHURCH BELL HANGERS
3 3-2-24 255/8 F# 1974 Whitechapel foundry London I WILL ALWAY GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD
4 4-1-01 27 E# 1974 Whitechapel foundry London HIS PRAISE SHALL EVER BE IN MY MOUTH
F A WHITE BELL HANGER
APPLETON OXON
5 4-3-27 301/8 D# 1806 Thomas Mears & son Whitechapel
London
as tenor
6 5-2-16 31½ C# 1806 Thomas Mears & son Whitechapel
London
as tenor
7 6-1-16 33½ B 1806 Thomas Mears & son Whitechapel
London
as tenor
8 7-0-02 35¼ A# 1806 Thomas Mears & son Whitechapel
London
as tenor
9 9-0-19 385/8 G# 1806 Thomas Mears & son Whitechapel
London
as tenor
Tenor 11-1-10 423/8 F# 1806 Thomas Mears & son Whitechapel
London
THE REVD JOHN GEORGE RECTOR JOHN BASTON RICHARD SLAUGHTER [Border]
CHURCH WARDENS
THOMAS MEARS & SON FECIT 1806
Sanctus ? 14 ? 1778 Pack & Chapman Whitechapel
London
?

Notes:

1. There is a statement in the Ringing World article between the 3rd and 2nd bells which states:
THE ORIGINAL SIX BELLS AUGMENTED
WITH FUNDS RAISED BY
RINGERS AND FRIENDS

It is not clear whether this is inscribed on any of the bells

Map of Aston Clinton village

map of Aston Clinton

Editors' Note We are grateful to Alan Bentley © of Aston Clinton for the above information and the map.

Points of interest in church:. Church has an elaborate sedilia. Good hatchments.

Church facilities: Toilet, key available in the church.

Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SP879119

Public Transport: the nearest train stations are Tring and Aylesbury, both a bus ride from Aston Clinton

Car Parking in Church Lane is possible but please keep free the access to the farm opposite. Parking also possible in Twitchell Lane opposite Church Lane.

Eating Places: The Duck Inn; The Oak; The Rothschild Arms and two Indian Restaurants, all in the village.

Local points of interest for non ringers:
  • The Grand Union Canal.
  • The Aston Hill trials at Aston Hill some 1½ miles away gave birth to Aston Martin cars.

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