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St. Mary the Virgin, Chastleton, Oxon
Chipping Norton branch of the ODG
St. Mary the Virgin, Chastleton
St. Mary the Virgin, ChastletonęKMC 19 Oct 2002
Dedication: St. Mary the Virgin, Chastleton

Service Ringing: Sun (variable) (with Salford)

Practice night: Mon 7.30pm (alt with Little Compton & Salford)

The Bells (6) 6-3-8

Access to ringing chamber:

The ringing chamber is on the first floor of the tower; enter by the south door in the base of the tower. The ringing chamber is accessed by a short flight of ladder type steps with a trap door at the top, which is closed during ringing.

The current ring of six bells incorporates a 7.5 cwt tenor and was retuned and rehung in 1993. The oldest bell is the 3rd which was cast in 1696 and the original ring of three bells was increased to four in 1762, five in 1811 and finally six in 1825.

All the bells were refurbished in 1900 and were retuned and rehung by the Whitechapel Foundry in 1993, in a steel frame. The original wooden frame is preserved in the tower.

This information comes from Andrew Bull .The inscriptions are taken from F. Sharpe The Church Bells of Oxfordshire. He visited the tower in 1948

A ring of 6; tenor 6-3-8. tuned to G
Bell Weight
Founder Foundry
Treble 4-0-20 E 1811 John Rudhall Gloucester THE GIFT OF IOHN IONES & ARTHUR IONES ESQUIRES 1811
2 3-2-21 D 1762 Matthew Bagley II Chacombe IOHN : PREEDY : RICHARD : DAVIS : CHURCH : WARDENS : M : BAGLEY : MADE : ME : 1762
3 3-3-25 C 1696 Richard Keene Woodstock 1696
4 3-1-13 B 1731 Henry Bagley III Witney RICHARD. PAXFORD : RICHARD. MAIDS : C. W : H. BAGLEY. MA. ME J73J :-:
5 4-3-13 A 1731 Henry Bagley III Witney RICHARD. PAXFORD : RICHARD. MAIDS : C. WARDENS : H. BAGLEY. MADE. ME J73J
Tenor 6-3-8 G 1825 John Rudhall Gloucester G. GARDNER & W. HURBRIDGE C. WARDENS. J825. [B3] I. RUDHALL FECT. [B3]


The following information comes from the Chipping Norton website.

Chastleton church is situated next to the National Trust property of Chastleton House, in the village of Chastleton some 6 miles west of Chipping Norton. The village is very small with a population of only 100 people and was until 1936 part of the Chastleton House estate. It  has no shops or public house, the only facility being a public phone box.

The church is of Norman origin. Most of the present building dating from 1100AD. Some enlargement work was carried out in 1320 and it was extensively rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. The church contains many memorials to the numerous members of the family who owned Chastleton House from when it was built in 1607 until it passed into the care of the National Trust in 1991.

Points of interest in church: Many memorials to the owners of the adjacent Chastleton House

Church facilities: There is a toilet in the National Trust property adjacent.

Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SP249291 - A few cars may be parked in the lane adjacent to the church but it is probably better to use the National Trust Car Park at the top of the hill.

Local points of interest for non ringers: The adjacent National Trust property, Chastleton House, is very popular and entrance is by timed ticket. Book in advance!

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